CA17: Cohen receives blowback for supporting Trump

Donald Trump has the support of CA17 candidate
Ron Cohen and feeling push back for the decision.

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT |
Republican Ron Cohen is catching heat from all sides after declaring support last month for Donald Trump, the party’s controversial presidential front runner.

The Fremont certified public accountant is among five others hoping to unseat Rep. Mike Honda this June in the 17th Congressional District. Cohen says he’s received several angry emails to his campaign web site since announcing last month that he is backing Trump’s nomination.

One Republican voter said they would not volunteer for Cohen’s campaign since they believe Trump doesn’t hold requisite conservative credentials. “As a registered Republican I am disappointed that you are backing Trump for the Republican nomination,” they wrote in a email to Cohen.

He says others have sent him emails with various lines of criticism over his decision to back Trump. Cohen is also seeking to become one of Trump’s delegates to the Republican National Convention this summer, in the event the New York billionaire wins the 17th Congressional District in the June primary.

Cohen has also been challenged on Twitter, especially by a former Ro Khanna staffer who slammed Cohen’s endorsement, primarily over Trump’s strong stance toward immigrants and Muslims.

In fact, the congressional district boasts some of the largest Asian American and Afghan communities in the nation. In addition, Fremont’s population features a minority-majority bolstered by a large Asian and South Asian American population.

“Seriously why are you running? Are you a 50 Shades of Grey style masochist or something?” said one tweet to Cohen last week. Another read, “Reason number 666 why @RCohen4Congress is wrong for #CA17. He PROUDLY supports @realDonaldTrump for President.”

Cohen, though, shrugs off the attacks and says his support for Trump differentiates him from the other Republican in the primary, Santa Clara businessman Peter Kuo, who received the backing of the Santa Clara County Republican Party on Wednesday.

In an email, he said of the emails and recent tweet storm: “I do disagree I am: 1) Blind to Trump’s real meaning; 2) That there is any racism involved; and 3) That’s I’d be an abhorrent congressman.”

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