Guam GOP repudiates Republican candidate Ryan Calvo’s social media post

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The Republican Party of Guam has issued a statement repudiating a social media post by GOP candidate Ryan Calvo.

In a July 4th post on his FaceBook page Calvo wrote “local activist with anti-American sentiments on Guam are homegrown domestic terrorists cell groups which do not represent peace”.

In a response Sunday the Guam GOP issued a statement saying the party “does not endorse or support” Calvo’s remarks.  “These comments are the opinion of Mr. Calvo and NOT of the Guam GOP.”

The party says it supports the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble including the right of local residents to demonstrate in support of “improved political status, self-determination, or independence.”

“The Guam GOP recognizes these actions are constitutionally protected and ARE NOT acts of terrorism,” declares the GOP statement.

However the Republican Party statement goes on to say that it will not “place gag orders on opinions expressed by the candidates running under its banner, as it is also their fundamental right of expression.”

 READ the statement from the Guam GOP in FULL below:

STATEMENT FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF GUAM REGARDING CANDIDATE’S REMARKS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

(Tamuning, Guam) The Republican Party of Guam does not endorse or support a statement made by Mr. Ryan Calvo, a GOP candidate for Senator, who released a public comment on Independence Day where he expressed that “local activist with anti-American sentiments on Guam are homegrown domestic terrorist cell groups which do not represent peace”.  These comments are the opinion of Mr. Calvo and NOT of the Guam GOP.

The Republican Party of Guam supports the First Amendment rights of our residents to encourage both the freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble. This includes those who believe in peacefully protesting Guam’s rights for an improved political status, self-determination, or independence.  The Guam GOP recognizes these actions are constitutionally protected and ARE NOT acts of terrorism.

On the same premise, while the Republican Party of Guam does not support the statement made by Mr. Calvo, the party does not place gag orders on opinions expressed by the candidates running under its banner, as it is also their fundamental right of expression.

END OF STATEMENT