If you’re going to pick a fight, first make sure it’s one you can win.
Rashida Tlaib had Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, scheduled for a Congressional hearing on Hate Crimes.
So she seems to have thought it would be a good plan to publicly slander him on Twitter in advance, while paying particular interest in a case (Chapel Hill) with a known and ongoing point of personal conflict between the victims and their murderer that does not fit so neatly into the category of “hate crime” as, for example, the shooting up of the Jewish house of worship in Pittsburgh would.
This is going to be tough for the family because the @GOP are calling ZOA’s Mort Klein & conservative Candace Owens to testify at the same hearing. Both have elevated hate rhetoric and extremism in our country. 2/2 https://t.co/gQNxkP6sKm
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 9, 2019
Ryan Saavedra has detailed a long list of reasons that she (as well as AOC and Omar) are rightly denounced as antisemitic.
If an elected official is going to denounce a private citizen as racist and ‘elevating hate rhetoric’ and ‘extremism’ you had better provide proof — especially when your own track record has so very many strikes against it.
His reply is, frankly, more civil and respectful in its tone than what Tlaib’s comments actually deserved.
“As usual, Tlaib resorts to name calling without any facts,” Klein said in a statement to The Daily Wire. “I know what unbridled hate looks like firsthand as I lost nearly all of my family in Hitler’s Holocaust.”
“Tlaib knows what hate looks like as she put a sticky note over Israel on a map in her office and called it Palestine and she wrote for Louis Farrakhan,” Klein continued. “Tlaib also supports BDS. Tlaib promotes anti-Semitism more than almost any other member of Congress that I’ve ever known.”
“Tlaib should be ashamed of herself,” Klein concluded. “Tlaib falsely accuses Jews of dual loyalty while she wraps herself in the flag of an enemy of the United States, the flag of the terrorist Palestinian authority, on the day she was sworn into office.”
Alright, let me get this straight. A woman with a well-documented hatred and/or contempt for all things Israel-related…
— حسن سجواني 🇦🇪 Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) January 4, 2019
… a woman that may or may not even think Israel should have a right to exist as a nation, picked a fight on Twitter.
She leveraged a hearing on hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism to accuse a Jewish man of hate rhetoric and extremism. This same man, he reminds us, had personally lost most of his family to the violence of the Third Reich.
A Congressional hearing into violence and hatred — especially when your own biases are transparent — would be a very good time and place to check your ego and your agenda at the door, Rep Tlaib.
Or should we just infer that your ‘divided loyalty’ accusation against Jewish Americans is best explained as a case of psycological projection? #OccamsRazor
If Democrats are stocking their leadership pool with winners like her, no wonder we’re seeing movements like Walkaway, Blexit and most recently, the political Jewish Exodus out of the Democratic party or… “Jexodus“.
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