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#Trump campaign #BradPascale in #Romania makes me ponder a few questions:
-Using trip to influence US Romania emigrant voters?
-Purpose is to offer #socialmedia manipulation advice for #EU May vote?
-Perfect opportunity to meet with other election manipulators in the region?
Romanian American diaspora
Could Romanian media influence Romanian American voters?
As Romanian immigrants in America steadily increase, the population of Romanian voters might be heavily influenced by the strong ties to political and religious opinions held by leaders in Romania.
The atmosphere in Romania has been in a period of unrest due to demonstrations from civilians who are intolerant of the current politicians attack on Democracy and the judiciary.
The #EU has been critical of #Romania's anti-democratic reforms. Romanian EU politician Florin Iordache was eager to express his disapproval of EU oversight.
The May 2019 #EU parlimentary election will be close according to estimates.
Social Democratic Party #PSD and the National Liberal Party #PNL are anticipated to carry 22.7% and 22.6% of the vote. Each party will most likely be allocated 13 #EU seats.

Report by the European Council on Foreign Relations @ecfr details the present and possible future of the #EU parliment and the allocation of seats.
The highly anticipated EU election will take place from May 23-26 across Europe.

According to the @ecfr report, Romanian emigration is a more dominant issue than immigrants arriving from other regions.
Romanian voter turnout for the #EU parlimentary election might be higher than normal due to the latest demonstrations against anti-democratic reforms in Romania.
Romanians party leadership and politics:
One issue in Romanian politics that elicits attention from #Russia is the continuing discussion to unify Romania and Moldova.


President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis, is ''the first ethnic German mayor of a Romanian city since Albert Dörr, who served from 1940 to 1945. His family settled in Transylvania in present-day Romania 850 years ago.''

''The contemporary small but well organised German minority is rather popular in Romania, where they are often viewed as hard-working, precise, & uncompromising. Many Romanians remember that the country experienced some of its best moments under German kings over a century ago.''
The German ethnic minority in #Romania have existed there since mid-12th Century. President Klaus Iohannis belongs to the Transylvanian Saxons. The German minority population has mostly returned to Germany under the International Right to Return law.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has a contentious relationship with his Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, who he has called ''ignorant'' for her unsubstantiated declaration that the Romanian Embassy in Israel will be relocated to Jerusalem.
Romanian Nationalism has promoted the issue of ''Natural Family''
Traditional Family values are promoted in Romania by Populist politicians and orgnaized by Coaliția pentru Familie. The organization tried but failed to amend the Romanian constitution to define marriage as ''union between a man and a woman.''

While Brad Pascale was in Romania, he met with Romanian Orthodox church leaders. The church had been one of the supporters of the definition of marriage constitutional amendment.

Romania is home to a US missile defense site.
The “missile-defense system located in Deveselu, in southern Romania, known as Aegis Ashore,” angers #Russia. US accuses Russia of violating the 1987 INF Treaty.

Romania is a strong geopolitical ally to the US which is especially important considering Russia’s advancement into Crimea.

Considering the Romanian diaspora in the United States:

#Ohio, specifically #Cleveland is one region where Romanian #immigrants settled in tight-knit communities.

One distinct ethnic group that has historical had a large population in Romania are the Romi people (culturally referred to as Gypsy).

Due to Romi people’s ethnic origins, they are often harrassed and forced to migrate further. The US population estimates of this ethnic group is from 100,000 to 1 million.

In Europe, the home territory of the Romi people is considered in #Romania.
Romanian immigrants to the US who are ethnic Romanians
numbered around 350,000 in 1990 (that was immediately after the Iron curtain fell and immigration greatly increased.)
Romanian immigrants have been settling in the United States for many generations. Typically they form tight-knit communities in order to protect themselves for racial harrassment.
Largest populations of Romanian immigrants are in:

New York
New Jersey

With some migrantion to Florida and California
One population center of Romanian immigrants is in Cleveland, Ohio. Migrantion from Romania to Ohio began in the late 19th century. Often the migrants would take their wealth and return back to Romania to buy land in their home country.

“Cleveland continues to be the home city for the Union & League of Romanian Societies, the largest mutual-benefit society, serving Romanian descendents in the United States and Canada.”
Romanian population estimates, when considering first and second generation, can estimate the population as high as 1 Million Romanian Americans.

Assimilation into American culture is automatic, but expression of Romanian culture general takes the form of participation in the Romanian Orthodox Church.
@PewForum explains the importance of “religious and national identity” in Eastern European nations and people.

In fact @PewForum describes the religious identity is not based on religious observance but cultural practice.
Considering all these elements, speculation as to the exact reason for Brad #Parscale’s Romanian trip, other than the obvious “speaker at a conference,” can continue indefintely. Especially considering the fidelity of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila staying at Trump hotel.
Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila meeting VP Pence in Washington DC on March 25, 2019

#Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was paid to do lobbying work concerning US interests in Romania.
Letter Rudy Giuliani sent Romanian president Klaus Iohannis

Honestly, this stuff never ends.

KY County Clerk Kim Davis worked in Romania to change their Constitution to recognize marriage as being only between a man and a woman.
The use of the Orthodox Church as a conduit is reminiscent of the connection between US political figures and Christian Evangelists. But it makes #BradParscale‘s visit with the #Romanian Orthodox Church leader even more suspect.

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