Socialist candidate running for Congress pushes breaking into homes, squatting in video ad

A socialist running for Congress out of Washington state leaned entirely into radical activism in her campaign ad promoting millions breaking the law as a solution because, “They couldn’t ignore us.”

Rebecca Parson is taking her second shot at representing the people of Tacoma, Washington after failing to advance in the 2020 primary, only now she is fully embracing the Democratic Socialists of America who endorsed her. Set to the tune of “Killing in the Name of” from anti-establishment 90s rockers Rage Against the Machine, the two minute campaign spot is brimming with suggestions of a violent class war.

“We’re on the edge of collapse,” the politician contends after showing a dramatization of her own experience having lived in her car as she rails against the “corporate elite.”

Warning: Adult Language

“But what has doing what they told us ever gotten us?” she asked before complaining about the debts accrued from going to college and graduate school. Of course, at no point in the ad does she mention that those debts came from her pursuing a master’s degree in poetry from Johns Hopkins.

Her solution for the poor life decisions that she made that claims led to her homelessness, “Imagine I proposed a Housing for All Bill in Congress. Then imagine you, me and a million of our friends took action and occupied empty houses nationwide. They couldn’t ignore us.”

It isn’t just an idea for Parson who showed herself cutting through the fence of a foreclosed home to trespass and squat on the property. She was an organizer for a 2020 protest where, after paying for the first night, the group Tacoma Housing Now refused to leave the 16 rooms they were occupying at a motel for six days.

“We occupied empty buildings and got 200 shelter beds added in our town,” Parson stated in her ad referencing other similar protests. Donning a leather jacket throughout the ad and using her preferred rock music, the politician completes her revolutionary allusion with a quote from the 1999 cult classic “The Matrix.”

“No one has ever done anything like this. That’s why it’s going to work,” Parson said quoting the exchange between characters Neo and Trinity as they arm themselves with an arsenal of automatic weapons to go rescue Morpheus after shooting up a lobby.

Her radical ideas also promote an even higher national minimum wage than the fight for $15 crowd has long promoted. In her tweet she wrote, “$30 is the bare minimum in every county in the US for an adult with a kid to afford housing, food, healthcare, basic necessities. No vacations, no eating out. Those are the facts and no amount of praying to Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman will change that.”

Furthermore, in her opinion, her beliefs are supporting a style of patriotism she describes as “when you believe in protecting the Constitution and what it stands for.” The only thing is, to her, “the document and the context it was written in is deeply flawed.”


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