Motormouth congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has accused President Trump of antisemitism for his criticism of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA). The freshman representative seemed upset after the president slammed Schiff for delivering a fabricated version of his discussions with Ukraine’s president at a September 26 hearing, protesting “Understand that Trump is engaged in deliberate, atrocious, targeted antisemitism towards Chairman Schiff.”
It’s wrong. It’s harmful. And his bigotry is reflective of the white supremacist base he relies on for political gain.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 5, 2019
It’s surprising that AOC has chosen to go down this route. While it’s true that Schiff is Jewish, and that the president was fiercely critical of his irresponsible grandstanding, there’s no connection between these facts. Criticizing someone who belongs to a minority group is not automatically criticism of that minority. Did Trump criticize Schiff because he’s Jewish? No — he criticized him for making a statement riddled with invented dialogue.
Ironically, AOC herself doesn’t have the best track record on antisemitism. She’s referred to Israel as “occupying Palestine” and called the use of force against rioters in Gaza a “massacre.” She also supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel, and is closely associated with notoriously antisemitic congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Maybe people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!
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