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Voting Against Antisemites Should Be an Easy Decision

I could not agree with Farley Weiss’ comments more (“Voting Against an Antisemite Should Be an Easy Decision” Feb. 2, 2023). Voting against antisemites should be an easy decision. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib should not serve on any committees. Not only should it be an easy decision, it should be a bipartisan decision.

Republicans have rightfully pointed out antisemitism from the Democrats, but are reluctant to condemn it within their own party. When Donald Trump had dinner with two vile antisemites, the Republican response was tepid at best. The following Representatives and Senators, among others, when asked, refused to issue a statement: Steve Scalise, Elise Stefanik, Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Jim Jordan, etc.

Marjorie Taylor Greene has made many antisemitic comments including, “Forest fires are the result of Jewish space lasers controlled by Rothschild Inc.,” Requiring proof of vaccination “was just like how the Nazis forced Jews to wear a gold star,” and mask mandates were “just like how Jews were put on trains and taken to gas chambers.” These comments belittle and diminish the Holocaust. She was a guest speaker at a The American First Political Action conference, whose head and founder, a Holocaust denier, equated burning Jews to baking cookies. Then, you have Paul Gosar. He spoke two years in a row at the same conference and has repeatedly and continuously campaigned with Holocaust deniers and antisemites. Gosar has expressed veiled support of replacement theory. He said that we should deport 6 million immigrants a year.

Steve King, a Republican antisemite and white supremacist Representative, had a documented history of antisemitism and bigotry from 2002, yet it took until 2019 for the Republican leadership in the House to remove him from committees. Even Kevin McCarthy once said that rich and powerful people like George Soros, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg (all Jews) were trying to buy Congress for the Democrats. An antisemitic dog whistle if I ever heard one.

The point is not to affix blame to any one party, but for both parties to condemn, and not reward, antisemitism in a unified front. Don’t feign outrage only when it suits your political agenda.

David Twersky
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