Janice Arnold-Jones, Republican nominee for Congress in New Mexico’s 1st District, elicited audible gasps* for her fringe positions at Tuesday’s candidate forum hosted by the Bar Association of New Mexico.
“Ms. Arnold-Jones might be right at home in today’s far-right Republican Party, but her out of touch worldview would do nothing but pull us back,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “She repeated her strong support for Trump nominating a far-right Supreme Court nominee who would repeal Roe and marriage equality, backed Trump’s disastrous tax policy, and said she’d defund Albuquerque over its status as a safe place for refugees. Janice Arnold-Jones doesn’t represent New Mexican values and she’s not fit to represent New Mexicans in Congress.”
Arnold-Jones said, “I am pleased with [Trump’s] tax policy”…
…But Americans haven’t seen any benefits…
CNN: “Roughly 4 in 10 (37%) say the tax bill will make their family worse off than they are right now. Only 1 in 5 (21%) say it will improve their family’s current status.”
…And even Republicans are running scared from it.
Vox: “Marco Rubio says there’s ‘no evidence whatsoever’ Republican tax cuts are helping workers”
She suggested she’d support Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court…
…Who Trump has said he’d choose to overturn Roe v. Wade…
San Francisco Chronicle: “In his final presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump said the Supreme Court would ‘automatically’ overturn Roe vs. Wade once he became president, ‘because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.’”
…and marriage equality.
Politifact: “Looking for a concise answer, Wallace asked Trump if he would ‘try to appoint justices to overrule the decision on same-sex marriage.’ ‘I could strongly consider that, yes,’ Trump said.”
She also repeated Trump’s anti-immigrant propaganda about Albuquerque’s policy towards undocumented immigrants…
Donald Trump: “There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!”
Janice Arnold-Jones: “I do support restricting those funds […] It’s literally a get out of jail free card for people who have been arrested for crimes. It’s not a matter of protecting your community. Rather, when you set up sanctuary cities, the very communities that we talk about protecting are the ones that are being victimized. And if it takes withholding federal funds to get that point across, that is a sad reality.” [Bar Association of New Mexico Forum, 7/10/18]
…Which has been thoroughly debunked.
Washington Post: “Sanctuary cities don’t ‘breed crime.’ They encourage people to report crime.”
Newsweek: “Trump Says Sanctuary Cities Are ‘crime Infested’—research Suggests He’s Wrong”
*Janice Arnold-Jones: “In this last election, we could have elected a woman who, in my estimation, should be in prison. [Audience gasps]” [Bar Association of New Mexico Forum, 7/10/18]