If you think the GOP is full of crackpots, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Republican Congressional candidate Bettina Rodriguez-Aguilera claims she was abducted by aliens.
Rodriguez-Aguilera, who is running for a seat in south Florida, made the claim in two videos back in 2009. The videos are in Spanish, so it’s a better experience if you speak the language. You can watch them here and here.
According to Rodriguez-Aguilera, 59, the aliens are tall, blonde, a bit overweight and resemble the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. She said there were three of them: two females and a male. She also says that she has been in telepathic contact with them ever since the abduction took place when she was 7 years old.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, Rodriguez-Aguilera said, “I don’t know exactly what happened. I believe it is real. But I was seven years old. It was an experience I had a thousand years ago.”
During an appearance on Spanish TV in 2011, she described the interior of the spacecraft: “I went in. There were round seats and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship – not like airplanes.”
She said the aliens informed her that there are 30,000 non-human skulls in a cave on Malta, the energy center of the world is in Africa, that limestone tourist attraction in Miami, the Coral Castle, is really an ancient Egyptian pyramid and told her “God is a universal energy.” Additionally, she said the aliens mentioned Isis, although she wasn’t clear if they meant the terrorist group or the Egyptian goddess.
When the Miami Herald asked her about the encounters, her response didn’t include any mention of encounters with aliens:
“For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone,” she said. “I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe.”
Rodriguez-Aguilera is one of five Republicans running to replace outgoing Rep. Iliana Ros-Lehtiene after she retires next year. Since Hillary Clinton won the district last year, Democrats view the race as highly competitive. But as Rick Yabor, a Miami attorney and frequent political commentator on Spanish language media noted, Rodriguez-Aguilar isn’t doing herself any favors, and her revelations could have a negative impact on her campaign.
“Being a politician, to come out and say that, it’s odd,” Yabor said. “She got into details that are not very mainstream. Someone who’s running for Congress — you’ve got to raise a lot of money. A donor might have second thoughts.
“Miami politics are unusual,” Yabor said. “This one takes it to a new level.”