Retired Navy combat veteran Hung Cao is running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate, announcing earlier this month that he’s seeking the 2024 Republican nomination to challenge Democrat Tim Kaine.
Cao, a Vietnamese immigrant who spent 25 years in the Navy and served in combat zones around the world, has said that he thinks the country had taken a “dark turn.”
“We are losing our country. You know it. But you also know you can’t say it. We’re forced to say that wrong is right,” he said in a video announcing his candidacy.
Cao has other issues he wants to address that he hasn’t been as vocal about to mainstream outlets. In an interview with Christian musician and activist Sean Feucht, Cao said he’s worried about witches in California bringing their craft to Virginia.
“There’s a place in Monterrey, California, called Lover’s Point,” Cao said, going on to point out that the original name the place was “Lovers of Christ Point.”
“…they took out the ‘Christ,’ and now it’s Lover’s point … Monterrey is a really dark place now — a lot of witchcraft and the Wiccan community has really taken over there,” Cao said.
“We can’t let that happen to Virginia,” he continued. “…We just need to mobilize Christians across the nation.”
As Insider points out, there is some Wiccan presence in Monterey, but it’s not clear why Cao chose to focus on that subject since there’s little evidence that the community has “taken over” the area. That being said, fear mongering about “witchcraft” and Satanism is a common theme in evangelical and far-right Christian nationalist movements.
Watch the video below:
Republican candidate Hung Cao tells Christian nationalist Sean Feucht that he's running for the US Senate in Virginia because wiccans have taken over parts of California and now there is "a lot of witchcraft" and "we can't let that happen in Virginia." pic.twitter.com/ML8WtoVe2P
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