“An honor to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China with ambassador and now Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, Mr. Zhang Ping and other dignitaries.”
That was the text of a September 26 tweet from California assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, Los Angeles Democrat, clad in a low-cut red dress and posing for photos with Chinese officials. The tweet prompted a commenter to wonder, “How many millions did they murder to create their country?”
First to call out Carrillo was Katy Grimes of the California Globe, who cited the Black Book of Communism that 65 million had perished in Chairman Mao’s attempt to create socialist China. The deaths came by execution, imprisonment or forced famine and the total number of dead from 1959 to 1961 was between 30 and 40 million, approximately the population of California. As Grimes noted, Carrillo’s tweet was not so unusual for California Democrats.
In 2018, Democrats pushed for a Communist holiday at the expense of U.S. presidents. Los Angeles Democrat Miguel Santiago authored AB 3042, which combined the birthdays of presidents Washington and Lincoln and designated May 1 for “International Workers’ Day,” a longtime Communist holiday. The year before, state senate boss Kevin de Leon honored the late Tom Hayden, champion of Communist North Vietnam, whose anti-American speeches supplied the sound track for torture sessions of American prisoners.
Sen. Janet Nguyen, Orange County Republican and refugee from Vietnam, rose to denounce the Communist regime. Senate Democrats told her stop speaking, shut down her microphone and had her physically carted off the senate floor. Nobody in Sacramento could recall a free-speech smackdown like that.
One of the more famous Communists in California history was Longshoremen’s Union boss Harry Bridges, a longtime Soviet agent. Bridges stuck with the Party line through the Stalin-Hitler Pact, and as Soviet archives revealed, he was a member of the Party’s Central Committee, directly approved by the Kremlin.
Nine years after that revelation, on the 100th anniversary of Bridges’ birthday in 2001, San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi hailed Bridges in the Congressional Record as “arguably the most significant labor leader of the twentieth century.” Bridges was “beloved by the workers of this nation, and recognized as one of the most important labor leaders in the world” and his International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union was “the most progressive union of the time.”
In a Weekly Standard piece headlined “Pelosi’s Favorite Stalinist,” Joshua Muravchik noted that Nancy was also tight with “Bay Area Stalin fan Vivian Hallinan, whose husband was Bridges’ lawyer and the 1952 candidate for president of the Communist-front Progressive party.”
If the San Francisco Democrat and future House Speaker had any second thoughts about this Communist tribute they have not emerged. For her part, Wendy Carrillo might have recalled a leading Communist in her native El Salvador.
That would be Farabundo Marti, head of the Salvadoran Communist Party, after whom the Communist Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional is named. In the 1980s the pro-Soviet FMLN mounted a murderous “final offensive” against the Salvadoran government.
Born in El Salvador in 1980, Carrillo explains that it was “an incredibly violent time,” and her mother “made a very courageous decision that she would go to the U.S. and seek asylum.” The Carrillos traveled through Mexico but did not seek asylum there, instead hiring a “a ‘coyote’ to smuggle them into California.”
A beneficiary of the amnesty offered by Ronald Reagan, Carrillo became an American citizen at age 21. It remains uncertain if she ever tweeted specifically to honor and celebrate the founding of the United States of America.
Last year, Carrillo travelled to El Salvador to meet with outgoing president Salvador Sánchez Cerén, a member of the FMLN, now a political party. Ten years of FMLN government ended on February 3 with the election of Nayib Bukele of the Grand Alliance of National Unity (GANA) party as president of El Salvador.
Carrillo was the only state lawmaker to accompany Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Democrat, on his official trip to El Salvador earlier this year. Newsom has not praised the FMLN or publicly honored the People’s Republic of China. On the other hand, he has adopted some rather harsh rhetoric for his political opponents.
Republicans “are into the politics of what California was into in the 1990s,” Newsom told Politico in June. “And they’ll go the same direction,” Newsom added, “into the waste bin of history.” This echoed the language of Republican President Ronald Reagan, a former California governor, for the demise of the Soviet Union.
Newsom issued reprieves for more than 700 convicted murderers on California’s death row. Mass murder campaigns by the Salvadoran MS-13 gang have been met with silence but as Newsom told ABC News, “I continue to be troubled by the horse deaths at Santa Anita Park.” And as he told the New York Times, “ “I’ll tell you, talk about a sport whose time is up unless they reform.”
In California, violent criminal illegals are a privileged, protected class. According to Gavin Newsom, on the other hand, horse racing and Republicans are both destined for the waste bin of history.