Over the past month, Democratic leadership has avoided the flood of anti-Semitic rhetoric from their caucus like the plague.
But today, Democratic Conference Chair Hakeem Jeffries finally addressed it head on. When asked by a reporter if Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were worthy of condemnation, he described them with two words: “Thoughtful colleagues.”
Jeffries went on to call Senate BDS legislation a “political stunt.”
Around the same time, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ducked a question about Rep. Tlaib attending a fundraiser with a promoter of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories by stating, “I don’t know that I draw the conclusion that these two members are anti-Semitic. I don’t accept that.”
And The New York Times reports that House Democrats – panicking over their caucus’ rhetoric – are launching a “new political group that will try to counter the rising skepticism on the left toward the Jewish state.”
Bottom line: Democrats have made it clear that hateful, bigoted rhetoric toward Israel is not confined to a few freshman members. This is the mainstream position of today’s Democratic Party and their leadership is enabling it.