A Republican candidate running for Congress in California, Omar Navarro, is speaking at the "Mother of All Rallies," a conservative pro-Trump event this Saturday in Washington, D.C. Joined by other conservative activists and leaders, Navarro will likely try to boost his campaign by making himself known at the pro-Trump rally.
Navarro's campaign for the 43rd congressional district emphasizes “proactive leadership for the 21st century,” according to his website. Navarro grew up in Inglewood, California, and now lives in Torrance, California, where he has worked for businesses including Samsung and Sony. He identifies himself as “a Washington outsider,” saying, as Trump did in the 2016 presidential campaign, that his lack of political experience is a reason voters should trust him.
“Omar is running because he wants to give the people of the 43rd an independent voice in Congress–not one beholden to special interests and career politicians,” Navarro’s website reads. His key issues include encouraging military readiness, supporting soldiers and veterans, strengthening homeland security, fighting terrorism, and increasing employment.
In the past, Navarro has been critical of Congress, but claims he offers new experiences and perspective to turn it around. A statement on his website reads, “It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that Congress is a dysfunctional mess. They’d rather fight each other with the goal of scoring points on cable news instead of focusing on sustaining and creating jobs and balancing the budget.”
Navarro will challenge California Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat, for a seat in the House. In an interview posted on Twitter, Navarro accused Waters of “meddling in past Haitian presidential elections,” citing an email exchange with WikiLeaks, and has been targeting her in blog posts on his website since announcing his campaign.
He has also taken up immigration and refugee issues in his campaign, where he discusses his Cuban background and emphasizes the importance and responsibility of citizenship. Navarro advocates for increased scrutiny toward refugees seeking to resettle.
“Growing up, my grandpa told me that in Cuba, democracy was not an option,” Navarro’s website says. “Citizenship in the United States requires us to do more than complain about our problems – we have to work together to fix them.”
The Mother of All Rallies organizers aim to “help send a message to Congress, the media, and the world we stand to united to defend American culture and values.” Billed as the “Woodstock of American rallies,” over 2,000 people have already confirmed on Facebook they plan to attend the event where Navarro is speaking.
TommyGunn, whose real name is Tommy E. Hodges Jr., is the lead organizer of the "Mother of All Rallies." The event’s Facebook page boasts, “This is about America First. This is about protecting and supporting President Donald Trump, protecting our Constitution, and protecting our flag and all that it stands for."
Other speakers at the rally include Hamody Jasim, known as “the terrorist whisperer,” Marco Gutierrez, who the Mother of All Rallies site calls “a father, a patriot, And a proud Latino for Trump,” and radio show host Monica Matthews. The rally is set to begin at 11 a.m. around the Washington Monument in the National Mall.
“Due to increasing political and social unrest, many believe that core American values, customs and traditions are being sacrificed,” the Mother of All Rallies website reads. “Rally participants will demand protection for traditional American culture while they express their love for the United States and the America First agenda.”
Thirty different events are expected in D.C. on Saturday, making it one of the busiest weeks for the National Park Service. The city will play host to a March to Protect American Democracy, which aims to bring attention to possible Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse and their fans, known as Juggalos, are also holding a march the same day. The Million Juggalo March is set to begin one hour after the Mother of All Rallies, in front of the Lincoln Memorial nearby.
Navarro will be joined at the event by at least 21 additional speakers, but the what exactly he'll talk about is unknown. A glance at his Twitter feed shows he's a big Trump fan, though — and the audience will be more than likely to hear a "Make America Great Again" rally cry from him.