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Yesli Vega, a Hispanic and the newly selected Republican nominee to represent Virginia's 7th Congressional District, says she is frustrated over efforts by the Democratic Party to pander to the Hispanic community and insists Democrats have "lost touch" with voters seeking change.
Vega, a longtime law enforcement officer in the state, spoke to Fox News Digital Wednesday, the day after her primary victory, about her mission heading into the general election and why she believes Hispanics are beginning to side with some ideas being offered by Republican candidates in several races across the country.
"You have a Democrat Party that has completely lost touch with the Hispanic community," Vega said.
"The Hispanic community is a community that has showed time again how resilient they are.
"They are hard workers and many have fled their native countries to come here to America to seek better opportunities not just for themselves, but for their children, for their families. Some folks have escaped socialism."
Vega warned against proponents of socialism — like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. — saying it's "eye-opening" to speak with individuals who have yet to understand certain problems taking place in countries like Nicaragua, a place Vega said is now operated by a dictator.
"This is something that the Hispanic community overwhelmingly rejects," she said. "And look at our communities and how crime is skyrocketing."
Describing the difficulties faced by her parents, who she said fled from El Salvador amid a civil war in the country, Vega said she is "frightened" to hear what the Democratic Party has to offer.
"To see what today's Democrat Party has become, it really has frightened not just me and my family, but Hispanic families across the United States," Vega said. "The Hispanic community loves America because America is the land that has given them opportunity. … So when you see a country that you love being attacked and going in the wrong direction, people are putting their foot down, and they're saying ‘no more.’"
Vega said the Republican Party continues to "deliver on the American dream and the American promise" and insisted that's one reason why so many Hispanic voters are beginning to elect Republicans.
During her time as chairwoman for the Glenn Youngkin campaign's Latino outreach program, Vega suggested she, as a Republican, was able to gain new ground with the Hispanic community.
"What we saw exceeded my expectations," she said. "We talked about the issues that really matter to people, and we were able to connect with them. At the end of the day, it comes down to fol... (Read more)