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Virginia candidate rips ‘appalling’ NY Times piece on GOP’s use of ‘American dream’ term

Virginia congressional candidate Yesli Vega (R) joined “America’s Newsroom” to react to a New York Times piece on the slogan “American dream.”

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Yesli Vega, a Republican candidate in Virginia, reacted angrily to a New York Times piece that said minority Republicans had “repurposed” the idea of the “American dream” in their campaigns.

“You have a Democrat Party that has long fought for the empowerment of women who resemble me and who have such inspiring stories. However, they want to do all in their ability to discredit us as soon as we stand. Why? Because we’re unquestionably a threat to the rhetoric and narrative that they have been peddling for far too long and is no longer effective, Vega said to “America’s Newsroom “hosts Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer.

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Reporter Jazmine Ulloa of the New York Times wrote on Sunday on how minority Republicans have perverted the idea of the “American dream.”

The heading of Ulloa’s article stated, “A bedrock of political and social discourse, the nearly 100-year-old phrase “the American dream,” is being repurposed — detractors claim twisted — particularly by Republicans of color.

“The American dream,” she said, “has been used by politicians to describe a promise of economic opportunity and upward mobility, of wealth via hard effort, for decades.

These Republicans sought to claim the phrase as their own, repurposing it as a spinoff of the Make America Great Again slogan, Ulloa wrote. “In the same way that many Trump supporters have tried to turn the American flag into an emblem of the right, so too have these Republicans sought to claim the phrase as their own.

The “American ideal is very much alive now, as it has ever been,” according to Vega.

She continued by telling how her parents’ story inspired her to run for Congress.

“My parents, who escaped a war-torn El Salvador and arrived in this country with little, are the beginning of my narrative. Through their perseverance and hard work, they have achieved everything. We live in the greatest country in human history, and I’m running for Congress because I love this country and because we must battle to reclaim it from the radical left.”

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Vega expressed confidence in her approaching victory and expressed worry about the ideologies of Rep. Abigail Spanberger, her Democratic opponent.

“She accepts funding from the Defund the Police PAC founded by AOC. And we’re continuing on as planned. People are energized. Not just Republican voters are in mind. I’m referring to independent and Democratic voters who are open to reform. And on November 8th, we’re going to win big by bringing about that change for the residents of the seventh district.”

Joe Silverstein from Fox News contributed to this story.