UPDATE: I fear I have made a mistake in terminology. It is the Democrat Party; not Democratic! Thank you dear reader for contacting me!
Today, the Democratic Party in America has refused to condemn Jew hatred from its members: particularly Muslim members. It appears that condemning their statements is Islamophobic. But one should not be surprised. This is the real Democratic Party. Omar and Tlaib, who have shared their anti-Semitic tropes, are just part of a long line of Democrats supporting discrimination.
The Democratic Party has explained the latest anti-Semitic statements this way. They just misspoke and were misunderstood. “I don’t think our colleague is anti-Semitic, I think she has a different experience in the use of words, doesn’t understand that some of them are fraught with meaning that she didn’t realize,” Pelosi said.
Wonder if they wish they could explain away their past with a problem with words.
When Lincoln pushed for the Emancipation Proclamation, the freeing of slaves; black people, the Democrats did not jump on the bandwagon.
Many Civil War Democrats were outraged over the call for abolition.
When it came time to vote on the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, every Republican voted yes. Of the 199 members who voted, 10 were Democrats. The Democrats, the party, today, that says it represents minorities.
A little more history. When Ulysses S. Grant was elected to the presidency, Southern Democrats formed organizations that violently intimidated blacks and Republicans who tried to win political power. The most prominent of these, the Ku Klux Klan which was originally founded as a social club for former Confederate soldiers, evolved into a terrorist organization. It would be responsible for thousands of deaths, and would help to weaken the political power of Southern blacks and Republicans.
When Martin Luther King Jr. called for civil rights, the Democrats were against Johnson’s Civil Rights proclamation. The late Robert Byrd, former member of the Ku Klux Klan, friend of the Clintons, filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill.
What is happening, today, is just a continuation of a long line of hate for “the other.” There is no doubt at all that Ilhan Omar has shared her anti-Semitism for some time, now, including “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” and dual loyalty, And has been rewarded by being placed on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said he would not remove Omar from his committee following her comments.
This is happening despite the statements of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and other members of House Democratic leadership who said anti-Semitism had to be called out “without exception.” They wrote “But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”
Tlaib Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is also standing firm with fellow freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Following Omar’s controversial comments, she tweeted “I am so honored to serve with @IlhanMN, an incredible courageous woman.”
Tlaib is a member of the Facebook group “Palestinian American Congress,” where members often demonize Jews. The group’s founder, Palestinian activist Maher Abdel-qader, was a key fundraiser for Tlaib and organized campaign events for her around the country.
In January 2018, Abdel-qader shared an anti-Semitic video that claimed Jews aren’t actually Jewish, and invented their historical claim to Israel and secretly control the media.
Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar both support boycotting, sanctioning and divesting from Israel. https://www.economist.com/united-states/2019/02/16/anti-semitism-and-the-democratic-party
Then there is Louis Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Semitic, misogynistic, and homophobic tirades. He has drawn widespread condemnation from groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Although he is not a registered Democrat ,he stands with Omar. “Sweetheart, don’t do that,” Farrakhan said, addressing Omar. “Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for.” Rep. Ilhan Omar merely spoke the truth and should not have apologized for saying Israel and the U.S. Jewish lobby use money to control U.S. politicians.
It seems that members of the Congressional Black Caucus and The NAACP have also enjoyed the company of Farrakhan.
This antisemitism, this discrimination against minority groups, is systemic in the Democratic Party. Why is anyone shocked?
From the Ethics of the Fathers: “Rabbi Tarfon used to say, it is not incumbent upon you to complete the task, but you are not exempt from undertaking it.”