Republican Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez of Florida focused her convention speech Tuesday evening on socialism, alleging that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and other Democrats have a socialist agenda to enforce more government control in the nation.
Nuñez, who is Florida’s first Latina lieutenant governor, was once critical of President Donald Trump. According to a press release from the Florida Democratic Party, Nuñez in 2016 “tweeted that Donald Trump was the ‘biggest con-man there is’ and accused him of being a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan.”
But during her nearly five-minute speech at the Republican National Convention, she affirmed her support for Trump’s vision for the country, saying “socialism doesn’t offer opportunity, socialism deprives,” an argument from Republicans claiming that most Democrats support socialist ideologies.
In the first two days of the convention, several speakers focused on socialism — a main talking point that hits on Trump’s base, gets the public aware of the term, and repeats that Democrats, allegedly, will promote a socialist agenda if Joe Biden becomes president.
Nuñez followed up on that theme.
“Americans have a choice, we can go down a dark road of chaos and government control, or we can choose the path of freedom and opportunity, that was paved by those who sacrificed everything to preserve the American dream for future generations,” Nuñez said during her remarks.
“Daily, the radical left, systematically chisels away at the freedoms we cherish. They pedal dangerous ideologies, cower to global progressives, and normalize socialism, to dismantle our Constitution,” she said.
“Let us join our president in his vow, that America will never be a socialist country.”
Nuñez also spoke about how her parents fled Cuba because of Fidel Castro, a communist leader who ruled the country for decades, saying her “parents dreams of a prosperous life became a nightmare.” (He died in 2016.)
“Chaos started quickly when Fidel Castro took control of Cuba. The government confiscated private property, stealing people’s homes, farms and businesses. For my parents, the difficult decision to flee communist Cuba came when the Castro regime abolished religious freedom,” she said.
She added that since Trump took office in 2017, he has worked tirelessly to stimulate the economy to create more jobs and “ushered in historically low unemployment.”
“The president is fighting to rescue American jobs in industries for places like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico. Jobs that were needlessly shipped overseas,” she said.