While answering a question about which country you are from should be fairly simple, one Democratic politician is in hot water due to her confusing answers.
Julia Salazar is a candidate for the New York Senate and has claimed to be a “Jew of color.” Multiple times, according to Fox News, she has stated that her family is originally from Colombia and immigrated when she was a child.
“I immigrated to this country with my family when I was very little,” Salazar previously said. “In Colombia, my mom raised me as a single mother.”
Yet a recent article from Tablet magazine revealed that there were many details of her story that did not make sense.
Democratic Socialist Julia Salazar claims to be an immigrant, but she was born in Miami, and Jewish, but her entire family thinks they are Catholic. pic.twitter.com/Tpn7GqZfDO
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According to Tablet, Salazar did not immigrate from Colombia but was born and raised in Miami. However, her parents did travel back and forth between the two countries. This allegedly caused so much confusion that one of her campaign staffers believed she was an immigrant.
“The fact that my parents traveled with me between Colombia and the U.S. as a small child produced confusion for some people about where I was born,” Salazar said in a statement. “One member of my staff was even unknowingly unclear on this, and as a result they incorrectly told some reporters that I had been born in Colombia and was therefore a naturalized citizen.”
Tablet also quoted Salazar’s brother, who contradicted his sister’s claim that she was Jewish and noted that their father’s brother had been a Jesuit priest.
“There was nobody in our immediate family who was Jewish … my father was not Jewish, we were not raised Jewish,” Alex Salazar said.
The candidate is also facing controversy after it was discovered she used to be a conservative Christian activist. She has not commented on her change in political views.