MIAMI (AP) — A Miami Republican congresswoman is defending a well-known Florida school shooting survivor from another lawmaker who attacked her for wearing a Cuban flag patch as she advocated for gun control in Washington.
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Tuesday she spoke to activist Emma Gonzalez’s father about a comment by Iowa Congressman Steve King. King took to Facebook to question the teenager’s guns stance and her use of the communist-run island’s flag.
King says Gonzalez was claiming Cuban heritage while not speaking Spanish and advocating for gun control when her ancestors fled a dictatorship that disarmed people.
Ros-Lehtinen says Gonzalez wore the patch because she is proud of her heritage, not because she supports Castro’s dictatorship.
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