Elected Democrats Celebrate Le Pen Loss In French Election
In the aftermath of Emmanuel Macron’s victory over Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, some Democratic leaders seemed more excited about Le Pen’s loss than they were about Macron’s victory.
“Congratulations to the people of France for rejecting racism, xenophobia, and the politics of fear!” said Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, who is also the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.
“Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on a big win in France over the forces of right-wing nationalism,” said California Rep. Adam Schiff, calling the pro-European Union candidate’s victory a “very hopeful sign for Europe.”
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton inserted herself into the discussion as well, describing Macron’s election as a win for “the world,” before shifting the focus to her own relationship with the medial
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, brother of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, appeared to temporarily dedicate the Statue of Liberty to Macron’s victory. Cuomo tweeted out a picture of the statue, captioning it: “People of France, tonight she shines for you.” Democrats have weaponized the statue in recent months as a symbol of their desire to bring more refugees into the country. Le Pen ran on a sharply anti-refugee platform.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 7, 2017
On Thursday, former president Barack Obama posted a video endorsing Macron and encouraging French voters to choose the 39-year-0ld for the presidency. “He has stood up for liberal values, he put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world. And he is committed to a better future for the French people. He appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears,” Obama said, taking a backhanded jab at Le Pen.
California Rep. Ted Lieu followed Obama’s lead, advising French voters to vote against Le Pen.
“Dear France, polls are now open. Good luck in choosing your leader. My advice: don’t pick the person supported by Russian hackers,” Lieu said, referencing the publication of Macron’s hacked emails shortly before voting began. Lieu’s tweet was shared more than 10,000 times.
In the aftermath of Emmanuel Macron's victory over Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election, some Democratic leaders seemed more excited about Le Pen's loss than they were about Macron's vic
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