Frenzy: #BoycottABC Trends After “New Faces GOP” Ad Attacks AOC on National TV
Posted On September 17, 2019
Right Now at NRN w/ Elizabeth Heng: “My main mission is to be the anecdote to AOC and ‘The Squad.’”
Democrats fly off the rails after a political ad against Socialism was run on a Sinclair owned ABC affiliate network in Washington, DC Thursday night during the third 2020 presidential candidate Democrat debate, causing calls to boycott both Sinclair and ABC. It featured a burning picture of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and sent liberal keyboard warriors into a Twitter trending frenzy, creating #BoycottABC.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row column_type=”block” font_color=”light” background_type=”video” video_bg_url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB2ZbipFRog” video_bg_start_time=”139″ video_bg_end_time=”900″ video_bg_parallax=”true” bt_text=”SOCIALISM” bt_font_weight=”300″ bt_font_style=”italic” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ add_bigtext=”true” min_height=”100″ bt_max_width=”300″][vc_column][wvc_video_opener caption_position=”bottom” video_url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB2ZbipFRog” caption=”PAC Spotlight | Interview with ELIZABETH HENG”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The controversial ad was created by a new Republican PAC called “New Faces GOP,” and served as the PAC official launch. It showed a picture of Ocasio-Cortez burning, followed by graphic photographs from the Cambodian genocide under the dictatorship of Pol Pot. It is narrated by the PAC’s Elizabeth Heng, a former California Republican congressional candidate, who calls Ocasio-Cortez, “the face of socialism and ignorance,” and says, “mine is a face of freedom. My skin is not white. I’m not outrageous, racist, nor socialist. I’m a Republican.” Heng’s father narrowly escaped death in Cambodia because of a forced marriage. The ad called out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ignorance on the devastating effects of socialism, something Heng vows to stand up to through her PAC, along with fighting for the founding principles of our nation and believing in the American Dream.
Racism is Always to Blame
Following the ad, many liberal Twitter accounts were outraged and in agreement with boycotting ABC, as well as Sinclair, who owns the affiliate, and even Disney. In reply to the ad, Ocasio-Cortez used her same old argument: that racism was to blame.
Co-founder of The Dem Coalition, Scott Dworkin, appears to be leading the charge against ABC, telling them they can ‘go to hell,’ and that ‘people need to be fired.’ Christine Pelosi, daughter of Nancy Pelosi, slammed ABC and categorized the commercial as a ‘pro-Trump ad.’ And actor Jeffrey Wright scoffed at the image of AOC burning and Pol Pot to what he said was “actually happening” to kids dying in cages at the border.
Boycotts Never Really Work
Boycotts have been used countless numbers of times to punish or protest organizations because of their actions. In 2018, Nike faced backlash when it unveiled its “Just Do It” campaign starring Collin Kaepernick. Conservatives were outraged, and even held public burnings of Nike shoes. But just weeks later, Nike stock ran up to an all-time high, adding nearly $6 billion to the company’s market value. Chick-Fil-A has also been under scrutiny for years in the LGBTQ community, if not for its religious beliefs, then for the organizations it supports. But its convenience and universally acknowledged excellence of its food compared to other fast food vendors is obvious, even to liberals.
As it turns out, boycotts are generally unsustainable. They are typically too small in a world of millions of products and services and millions upon millions of consumers, leaving only a tiny dot on the corporate radar. Even ideologically supportive people don’t keep to their commitments long term. ABC, Disney and Sinclair will tough this out and live to do business another day.
Fighting Socialism in America is a Elizabeth Heng’s Personal Mission
The ad reflects Elizabeth Heng’s family story. The AOC headshot burns away to show images of death and starvation of the Cambodian genocide, to which Heng’s own family was able to escape, move to the US, and start a new life. “I grew up here in central California. My parents were legal refugees that came from Cambodia after living through the Cambodian Genocide and they really worked hard to provide my brothers and me with the American dream and the life they never had,” Heng to NRN’s Raegan Castillo-Fontana in an interview.
Heng has seen the power of the American dream first-hand as the daughter of Cambodian immigrants, graduating from Stanford University, being its student body president, completing her MBA at Yale University, working for the US Congress and opening her own business. “For me, having grown up in America and been able to go to college, and working on Capitol Hill, I realize that the freedoms that I am so fortunate to have are ones in which I wouldn’t have around the world,” she continued to tell NRN. “It is so vital for me to really protect the freedoms and economic opportunity that this country has provided to me.”
New Faces GOP in Action
New Faces GOP’s mission is to elevate the next generation of Republicans, survive as a party, expand and identify the fresh new faces of the GOP who will lead the party in the future. Heng explained to Castillo-Fontana, “I’m recruiting lots of candidates that are going to be the future voices to challenge these ideologies that we are fundamentally opposed to, and that is socialism and bigger government. My main mission is to be the anecdote to AOC and ‘The Squad.’”
Heng believes Republicans have a truly winning message, and actual solutions to many of the nation’s issues. The focus for New Faces GOP is to find the messengers to deliver those messages to meaningfully engage the American people. Heng said Republicans currently have a marketing problem.
Keep Socialism Out and Keep America Great
Heng believes America has afforded all of its citizens the chance to truly make something of their lives with the Constitution, like no other country. “Our system isn’t perfect, but it is the best we know of out there, relative to the rest of the world,” she said. “That’s why freedom fighters, like the ones you see in Hong Kong, are trying to fight for that independence. So I’m going to work as hard as possible to make sure that we maintain those fundamental principles because people know how to spend money better than the government ever will.” She tirelessly continues to fight every day for Americans in keeping the idea of the American dream.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Raegan Castillo-Fontana is a writer for NRN. She is married to her soulmate and best friend. They have three wiener dogs and a fluffy cat. Her passions include the great outdoors, animals, good food and fine spirits, social gatherings, dance, music, whitewater, exercise, reading, and writing. Castillo-Fontana's mind is constantly looking for something to challenge itself in the world of idea-exchange. She enjoys healthy debate and civil discourse and wishes discover truth and share it with the world.