Issa, Campa-Najjar appear in "Defend East County"; both face different kinds of criticism | Charles Clark


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California’s 50th District Congressional Candidates, Darrell Issa and Ammar Campa-Najjar, stirred controversy after virtual Q&A sessions with the local Defend East County Facebook group.

Their appearances Friday on the group’s Facebook Live sessions have drawn criticism from some activists and experts who study extremism.

Appearing alongside the East County group’s founder, Justin Haskins, Issa seemed to promote citizen groups taking up arms to “defend their communities,” days after a thwarted plot by self-styled militia members to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and weeks after a counterprotester in Kenosha, Wis., shot and killed two people and wounded a third.

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