Republican Hung Cao, a former Navy officer, officially declared his candidacy for the Virginia Senate seat held by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine this week. Cao accomplished this with a striking film that highlighted both his appreciation for the United States for accepting his family as refugees in 1975 and his reluctance to see it destroyed by the same forces of evil that initially brought him here.
The 51-year-old father who has five kids can be seen pounding his fist on a piece of wood in his declaration video while stating, “This is the scariest noise you will hear if you currently live in a communist nation.”
Cao thumps his fist once again, saying that it was the final sound that his Vietnamese parents heard “while both their fathers had been taken away during the middle of the dark night and they did not see their loved ones ever again.” Cao is a war veteran who fought with special operations throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as Somalia.
Cao said, “That sound is the sound of having lost your freedom.”
After communist North Vietnamese forces took Saigon, more than 3 million individuals left Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1975 to 1995, including the retired Navy captain along with his family.
After serving 25 years in the U.S. Navy, I recognize that our country has real problems and we need real fighters in Washington. I’m running for United States Senate because I’m not done fighting for us. pic.twitter.com/IYVmIh1V2c
— Hung Cao (@HungCao_VA) July 18, 2023
Cao said that the fear of a knock at one’s door is no longer a concern specific to communist countries by drawing a comparison between the loss of Saigon when it fell to communists and America’s decline under the Biden administration.
He claims that “our nation has taken a dark turn.”