Op-Ed: Alfonso Nevarez, Loudoun County Democratic Committee

On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Loudoun County Democratic Committee voted to condemn anti-Semitic comments made by the nominee for the 86th District of the House of Delegates, Ibraheem Samirah. Specifically, Samirah created a Facebook post that stated, “Most Israeli teenagers not only want to cover up the murders in their name, but they have young urges that need to be released somehow! Tinder’s perfect for that,” and linked to a video that promoted anti-Semitic propaganda. Just as we called out Republican John Whitbeck’s anti-Semitic comments in 2013, we will not hesitate to call out Ibraheem Samirah for his insensitive post. We appreciate that he’s since apologized, and we hope he will work hard to demonstrate that he is capable of representing our values.

The LCDC also calls for the resignation of Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, from both the State Senate and from his position with William & Mary University. In addition to revelations of racist content included in Virginia Military Institute’s yearbook while he was managing editor, Norment has been accused of promoting white supremacy and transphobia by several of his students at William & Mary, as recently as 2016. As an example, one student stated that Norment “spent 20 minutes fondly remembering how a fraternity on campus dressed as confederates and chained a student in blackface to a tree for the Homecoming Parade.” Norment refuses to comment on any of these matters. Norment is not fit to serve the state of Virginia, in either his capacity as a Senator or as a professor.

Loudoun Democrats have been resolute in our commitment to stand by our values, even when it involves members of our own party. These past two weeks have been emotionally draining, and there have been many perspectives shared, and strong opinions expressed. Though it wasn’t easy, we worked our way through these matters with civility and compassion. I’m proud of how the members of our committee have responded to these challenging times.

Meanwhile, Loudoun Republicans have stood silent, just as they have done for several years as Donald Trump represents their party. Listing just a few examples, Loudoun Republicans have silently accepted the following actions and statements from their standard-bearer:

  • Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by 21 women.
  • The FBI released files demonstrating broad patterns of housing discrimination against African American applicants seeking to rent Trump properties.
  • The Trump administration issued a “Muslim Ban” intended to discriminate based on religion.
  • The Trump administration implemented a horrifying policy of separating children from their families, many of whom have yet to be reunited.
  • Donald Trump defended the Neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, and specifically the murder of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist, stating repeatedly that “both sides” were to blame.
  • During a discussion on refugees from Haiti, El Salvador, and various African countries, Donald Trump said “Why are we having all these people from s—hole countries come here?”

Over and over again, Republicans in Virginia and in Loudoun put party over values, silently condoning the actions of a Republican President who works tirelessly to tear Americans apart.

The same goes for their silent approval of hateful comments and policies made by Republicans Corey Stewart, Dick Black, Bob Marshall, Dave LaRock, and Eugene Delgaudio, which promoted hate and discrimination against immigrant, Muslim, and LGBTQ Virginians. Jim Bonfils and the Loudoun County Republican Committee have been silent. The Republican members of the Board of Supervisors and the School Board have been silent, including Supervisors Higgins, Volpe, Buona, and Letourneau, who served with Eugene Delgaudio from 2011-2015 while he operated a hate group officially recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Republican legislators have been silent, including Jill Vogel and Randy Minchew, who served in the General Assembly with LaRock, Marshall, Black, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment. Their silence allows extremist ideology to dominate Republican politics, and as elected officials each of them bear a great deal of responsibility for the pervasiveness of hate among their ranks.

As much as any other reason, Loudoun is voting Democratic because Loudouners want leaders who stand for our shared values of equality, justice, and accountability. Although there are individual Democrats failing to live up to those values, it should be quite apparent that our committee’s collective commitment to those values remains steadfast. We deserve better leaders, and we will continue working to elect Democrats who represent those values in their life and hold those values in their heart.

Alfonso Nevarez,  Chairman

Loudoun County Democratic Committee

15 thoughts on “Op-Ed: Alfonso Nevarez, Loudoun County Democratic Committee

  • 2019-02-14 at 2:16 pm

    This op-ed is a bigger train wreck than your Democratic Party.

    See you in November.

  • 2019-02-14 at 3:46 pm

    Republicans being criticked by democrats probably means they are on the right course but if a democrat seekibg office is criticized by his party then the candidate has basically screwed the pooch!

  • 2019-02-14 at 4:35 pm

    In addition to the Democta’s anti-Semitic remarks, all kinds of things are coming out about the Democrat Ibraheem Samirah:

    According to his Samirah’s donation reports, contributors to his campaign were named by the Israeli government in a February 3 report on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement’s links to terrorism. Both of these men, Osama Abuirshad and Rafael Jaber, are top-ranking officials of the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).

    Further, lawyer Stephen Landes confirmed that both of these individuals — Abuirshaid and Jaber — are named in his lawsuit for Jewish-American assassination victim David Boim, an American citizen, who was killed in Jerusalem in 1996 by members of Hamas.

    It is no wonder the Loudoun Democrat’s Chairman is now running from his nominee.

    • 2019-02-15 at 12:21 pm

      This isn’t really all surprising seeing that his father is in a leadership role of the Muslim Brotherhood and has close ties with Hamas. He was banned from returning to the US because they labeled him a security risk, although he was eventually allowed to re enter after fighting in the courts.

      His apology letter really didn’t come across as an apology, but rather a justification. He also didn’t suggest his views have changed. I’m always open to forgiving people for their mistakes however this one doesn’t sit well. Perhaps it’s because of his upbringing and strong views not long ago that make make me hesitant. It’s quite a drastic change to make within a short amount of time and it couldn’t be easy given who his father is and represents.

  • 2019-02-14 at 5:04 pm

    Not one mention of Gov. Ralph and if he’s the blackface guy or the KKK guy, nor of his floating of infanticide. Not a peep concerning Ralph calling slaves “indentured servants.”

    Not a single mention of the Lt. Gov’s two rape allegations.

    Not a single mention of the AG’s own blackface stunt.

    Not a single mention of the democrat party’s goal of terminating human beings up to the very moment of birth.

    A truly amazing document. A case study in denial, deflection, and omission. This is proof local democrats think the people of Loudoun are stupid. Never ever forget –when a politco accuses someone of something, it means they’re engaged in it ten times worse. This letter is full throttle crazy-town.

    • 2019-02-21 at 9:11 pm

      Actually we Dems did call for the resignation of the Governor and Lt Governor at the last meeting of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee. Mark Herring made a stupid mistake when he was 19 and apologized. So considering this fact and the fact tha the has served the Commonwealth well for many years we did not ask for his resignation. In fact Mark has shown by the many actions he has taken to serve ALL citizens of Virginia that he is NOT a racist,

  • 2019-02-14 at 5:57 pm

    Notice how Al did not mention the American Patriot Gregg Nelson. Anyone voting for Gregg’s opponent should probably be investigated by a law enforcement agency.

  • 2019-02-15 at 3:59 pm

    For all concerned the only decent way to move forward is for Ibraheem to withdraw his name from consideration.

  • 2019-02-16 at 8:29 am

    Presidents day weekend. Everyday I am thankful for our Presidents past and present
    On a small scale we have a American conundrum in the 86th district that shouldn’t be. We have Gregg Nelson that served our country for 20 in the Air Force and his opposition who has closer political ties to the Ayatollahs of Iran then our Presidents. As is his hatred has garnered him a following among the radical Muslims and democrat at any cost crowd, come over to the dark side he says. Politicians with roots in Loudoun and Fairfax have had to distance themselves from Ibraheem and his hatred. He claims there is a Jew that agrees with his views which is the same as a drunkard saying he can see the Land Rover on Mars with his naked eyes. Extreme hatred is how he was brought up and his feeble attempt at a apology for his lies and hate ring false. Naturally the republicans blast this jackal but then the democrats have issued their own condemnation and I quote Alfonso Nevarez, Chairman Loudoun County Democratic Committee
    “On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Loudoun County Democratic Committee voted to condemn anti-Semitic comments made by the nominee for the 86th District of the House of Delegates, Ibraheem Samirah.”.

    That folks is as bad as it gets from your own party.

    Supervisor Koran Saines has lent this horrible candidate his endorsement using the title of Loudoun

    County Supervisor. After repeated attempts to get a clarification from the supervisor one can only surmise

    he continues to back the anti Semite. The hatehasnohomehere movement and decency are not strong in

    either Ibraheem or Koran Saines. Harken back to the days when Delgaudio was accused of being a hater

    because he believes marriage is between a man and a woman to now when candidate Ibraheem compares

    Jews to the KKK, see the difference, I do.

    One candidate Gregg Nelson, a Patriot the other Ibraheem, a hater!

  • 2019-02-16 at 2:50 pm

    If only you vetted your nominee a little better. Sorry

  • 2019-02-17 at 11:15 am

    You have to wonder why democrats have not asked Samirah the anti Semite hater to withdraw from the 86th district race. Are hey really okay with his stances and affiliations?

  • 2019-02-17 at 4:38 pm

    I stand in calling on Candidate Ibraheem Samirah to do the right thing and step down immediately. This kind of behavior, past or present, is unacceptable in Richmond.

  • 2019-02-19 at 6:40 am

    Imagine if you will A black truck rumbles with a Palestine flag in the back and a Samirah sticker on the tailgate chasing kippah wearing children!

    • 2019-02-19 at 5:32 pm

      And at a polling site today sista-boy call republican women working the polls names, yikes!

  • 2019-02-21 at 9:14 pm

    Point of clarification–the LCDC has called for the resignation of Governor Northam and Lt Governor Fairfax as have many Dems including our two senators.

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