Activist and self-described citizen journalist Laura Loomer pulled off a surprise win in Florida’s 21st Congressional District GOP primary. She’ll challenge incumbent Democrat Lois Frankel for the seat in the fall.
Following Loomer’s win, President Trump congratulated her on Twitter.
“Great going Laura. You have a great chance against a Pelosi puppet!,” he tweeted.
Loomer has been a controversial figure in the media and is currently banned from Twitter over tweets the platform deemed Islamophobic. Loomer, who is Jewish, has protested the ban, by chaining herself to the door of Twitter’s headquarters.
While the district is heavily Democratic, Loomer has outraised the incumbent by about $300,000 according to USA Today.
In her victory speech/party, which included Roger Stone and Milo Yiannopoulos, Loomer hit big tech hard over censorship and said, ““We are in a war, against the far-left progressivism in the Democrat Party & Silicon Valley who want to censor us, force us, & intimidate us into silence.”
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel reportedly called Loomer to congratulate her, saying she’s “political rock star.”
Incumbent Lois Frankel responded to the win by saying, ““I can tell you her values do not reflect the values of this district.”