By Jack Phillips
A Republican representative-elect from Indiana, who grew up in Ukraine, is warning about efforts by the Democratic Party to steer the United States toward socialism or communism.
Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) defeated Christiana Hale, a Democrat and a former state legislator, in the Nov. 3 election for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District seat, according to projections from numerous outlets. Spartz will succeed Republican Rep. Susan Brooks, who retired.
Spartz is 1 of 17 newly elected women who will bolster Republicans’ ranks in the next Congress.
Appearing on “Fox and Friends” on Nov. 16, Spartz was asked about the success of GOP women in House races.
“If you think about it, my district is really a snapshot of America,” she said. “We have urban, suburban voters, rural voters. We have a lot of women. And I’m a mother of two daughters. I’m a suburban woman and I think if you look at that I’m really hopeful to see that the majority of people in our country don’t believe in socialist utopic ideas the Democrat Party is now promoting.”
She said that “women believe in the future of their children,” adding that they also “care about good economy, jobs, education, public safety, having good health care and they trust that Republicans can deliver it. So I’m very honored to see that. That is a testament to that.”
Spartz, 42, grew up in the Socialist Republic of Ukraine, which was controlled by the Soviet Union. She left Ukraine for the United States about 20 years ago, and married an American.
“I grew up in a socialistic country. It actually was the Socialist Republic of Ukraine. I was saying, in my 42 years [of age], I grew up in socialism,” she said.
Spartz then issued a stark warning to those who have embraced socialism.
“I saw what happens when it runs out of money,” she said. “And it’s not pretty. I came to America 20 years ago with a suitcase, after meeting my husband on a train in Europe. He’s a raised and born Hoosier. And now, we’re building socialism, I’m kind of going full circles.
“I can tell you what is going to be next,” she said. “It’s very sad for me to see that. And that made, as the mother of two daughters, it made me get involved and do something about it because that’s not very good for our country.”
Spartz noted that under socialist or communist systems, the government “forces us to be equal” and will use “suppression” to do it.
“We have to value our freedoms because we’re the greatest republic that ever existed,” she said.
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