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Opinion A Texas candidate’s claims equating the U.S. and Venezuela are alarming

Carmen María Montiel, born in Venezuela, is running for Congress in Texas's 18th District. Ruben Navarrette: The Republican Party is entrusting a big portion of its political future in 2022 and beyond on a wave of Hispanic candidates. He says Montiel's unfounded claim that Venezuela’s electoral system resembles the United States’ could come from a genuine concern for U.S. democracy. But Montiel might be unwittingly abetting in the destruction of the same American democratic institutions she insists she holds dear, he says, but there should be no equivocation. Elections in Venezuela are neither free nor fair. The catalogue of electoral misconduct is long, and there is no comparison between the U.

A group of Republican staffers and officials released a 70-page report examining the lawsuits and audits triggered by the former president in the wake of the 2020 election. “We conclude that Donald Trump and his supporters had their day in court and failed