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GOP super PAC accuses Cuban congressman of endorsing Communism

This is the second time Rep. Joe Garcia was targeted by the conservative super PAC this month.

By
Matt Bradwell
Rep. Joe Garcia (Credit: Garcia.house.gov)
Rep. Joe Garcia (Credit: Garcia.house.gov)

MIAMI, May 21 (UPI) -- A video of Florida Congressman Joe Garcia saying "Communism works" is circulating online after it was released by far-right super PAC America Rising. This is the second video of Garcia released by the super PAC, after an edited C-SPAN video of him picking his ear made headlines last week. Garcia is running for reelection in the fall.

The new clip comes from a Google hangout, where Garcia was discussing lingering racism problems within the Republican Party that handcuff it from passing meaningful immigration legislation. The specific quote came as he was explaining the unintended effects of over-funding border security.

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"The safest city in America is El Paso, Texas," Garcia said. "It happens to be across the border from the most dangerous city in the America's, which is Juarez. Right?"

"Two of the safest cities in America are on the border with Mexico. Of course, the reason is we've proved that communism works. If you give everybody a good government job, there is no crime. But that isn't what we should be doing."

Garcia called it "absurd" that this would be misconstrued as an endorsement of communism, telling the Miami Herald, "accusing the son of Cuban immigrants of believing in Communism is just ridiculous."

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Far-right blogs are attempting to paint the re-contextualized video as a "gaffe." However, objective news outlets are reporting the entire quote.

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