All week I’ve been hearing about how President Trump hasn’t denounced anti-Semitism enough. CNN ran a whole report the other day on how anti-Semitism is on the rise and insinuating it’s somehow Trump’s fault because he didn’t push back against anti-Semitism strongly enough.
This is so pathetic I don’t even know where to begin. Does anyone seriously think Donald Trump is an anti-Semite or that he tolerates anti-Semites? This is part-and-parcel of the tired, pathetic, and offensive narrative that all Republicans are racists, homophobes, Islamophobes, yadda yadda yadda.
It’s particularly rich coming from the left-wing media and the Democratic Party. The Obama Administration bent over backwards to coddle and appease Iran so it could get its precious little nuclear agreement and its oh-so-clever, oh-so-outside-the-box strategic realignment to allow Iran to become a regional power.
During the Obama years Iran launched missiles with “Israel must be wiped from the face of the map” on them. Pretty anti-Semitic, no? (And don’t give me that garbage about you can be anti-Zionist or criticize Israel but not be anti-Semitic. A country that talks about wiping Israel off the face of the map is talking about killing Jews.) Not one peep from the Iran-ophiles in the Obama White House.
Iran sponsored Holocaust denial conferences and Holocaust denial cartoon contests during the Obama years. Pretty anti-Semitic, I’d say. Response from the Obama Administration? Crickets.
Who can forget the disgusting pictures of Secretary of State John Kerry palling around with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, the representative of a government that denies the Holocaust while publicly stating it wants to murder all the Jews in Israel? This, from the same Administration that called Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickens***”.
Who can forget Obama saying the world leader he felt closest to was Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the budding Islamic tyrant whose anti-Semitism led to a complete break in relations with Israel? Erdogan is a raging anti-Semite. And Obama said he was the world leader he felt closest to. Did anyone care? Number of damns given by the left-wing media? Exactly zero.
The leading contender for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee is a defender of Louis Farrakhan.
The Democrats booed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at their 2012 convention. The Los Angeles Times’s tapes of Rashid Khalidi speaking with Obama in the audience remain on lockdown.
And despite all this, Donald Trump and the Republicans are supposedly the ones with the anti-Semitism problem.
During the protests against the Iraq War it wasn’t hard to find the International ANSWER folks making anti-Semitic remarks. International ANSWER, darling of the radical Left and fellow traveler of the Democratic Party. Here’s what the Anti-Defamation League had to say about International ANSWER:
In addition to its anti-war activity, IAC and ANSWER have sponsored and organized numerous anti-Israel events, rallies and demonstrations in the United States. ANSWER in particular has positioned itself as the leading organizer of the large rallies against Israel that usually take place during periods of heightened tension, including the Gaza War in the winter of 2008-2009 and the summer 2006 war in Lebanon. These protests, often co-sponsored by other anti-Israel organizations, regularly featured anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic rhetoric, expressions of support for terror and offensive Holocaust imagery likening Jews and Israelis to Nazis.
ANSWER and IAC have both repeatedly expressed support for terrorist groups determined to dismantle the state of Israel, including Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as “resistance” groups fighting U.S. forces abroad. Hamas and Hezbollah flags and signs expressing solidarity with these groups are often on display at ANSWER and IAC-organized anti-Israel rallies. IAC representatives have also attended conferences in the Middle East with Hamas and Hezbollah representatives to discuss strategies for shoring up support for these groups.
Not once are the Democrats made to account for the anti-Semitism of International ANSWER, the organizer of goodness knows how many left-wing protests. (Take a look at the anti-Trump protests and the anti-Iraq War protests. Plenty of pre-printed International ANSWER placards.) No one is worried that the remarkable overlap between Democratic Party supporters and International ANSWER might represent a strain of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. No sir. It would violate the laws of the universe for a Democrat to be racist or anti-Semitic.
Does it occur to anyone that the rise in anti-Semitism in Europe might be because Europe has been inundated with Muslim immigrants coming from countries that teach anti-Semitism? How about the Jews that were trapped inside a Paris synagogue by rioting Muslim extremists? The Times of Israel reported that some of the refugees in refugee camps in Europe hated Israel more than Syria, even though it was Syria the refugees were fleeing! That is pathological. Maybe CNN could spare a moment from its wall-to-wall “Trump is a racist-anti-Semitic-homophobic-threat to democracy” and report on this?
When the Democrats push back against all the anti-Semitism that has infected the international left and their supporters, maybe we could take their protestations that Trump isn’t fighting anti-Semitism strongly enough seriously. Until then, they can go pound sand. It’s all pretextual garbage designed to make the Republicans look anti-Semitic. I’m not fooled.