Reflects On His Family’s History Fighting Nazis In World War II
Fullerton, Calif. – Today, former Naval Lt. Commander and Congressional Candidate in California’s 39th District Gil Cisneros denounced former Breitbart Editor and Nazi Sympathizer Milo Yiannopoulos’s speech at Cal State Fullerton and called on Congressman Ed Royce to do the same.
“Both of my grandfathers served honorably in World War II and fought Nazis in both the Pacific and European theaters. Anyone who sympathizes with this evil philosophy should be condemned publicly, withoutout hesitation or question,” said Cisneros. “While the First Amendment should always be protected, it is incumbent upon our elected and community leaders to condemn hate speech. I call upon Ed Royce to unequivocally denounce Yiannopoulos’s visit to our district.”
An investigative report from Buzzfeed earlier this month exposed Yiannopoulos’s concerted effort to introduce white nationalist messaging through the hate site Breitbart. It includes video footage of Yiannopoulous singing karaoke to admirers raising their arms in Nazi salutes.
“Congressman Ed Royce’s silence speaks volumes to his character,” said Cisneros spokesman Orrin Evans. “While former Lt. Commander Gil Cisneros chose to continue his family’s history of standing up to evil, serving admirably in the United States Navy, Ed Royce chooses to cower in silence and let Nazis infect our youth with hateful propaganda. Shame on you Ed Royce.”
Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is president and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city.
California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California and Ed Royce is more vulnerable than ever. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map, and Royce won by the slimmest margin since his first run for congress. Recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Likely R to Lean R. Most importantly, Royce has never faced an opponent like Gil before, whose dedication to service and country will propel him to victory in November.