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Wednesday, July 31, 2019


There's a really funny tweet that goes to the reflexive Democratic reaction to anything that is said or done by Donald Trump. Here it is:

As if to drive home "Hopalong Ginsberg's" tweet, the Dems have leaped to the defense of race huckster, Rev. Al Sharpton, in his verbal battle with Trump. Presidential contender, Kamala Harris, tweeted this in defense of Sharpton:

Really? Madeline Osburn provides a little background:
Senator Kamala Harris defended the Rev. Al Sharpton as someone who has “spent his life fighting for what’s right,” after President Trump called the MSNBC host and controversial figure a “con man,” claiming he “hates whites & cops.”

If Harris believes inciting violence, leading race riots, rallying anti-Jewish protests, and corporate shakedown schemes count as “working to improve our nation,” then Sharpton has gone above and beyond.

Since the 1980s, Sharpton has engineered protests, boycotts, and riots, often pitting African Americans against Jewish communities. Perhaps the most gruesome being a four-day race riot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, after a Hasidic driver killed the child of Guyanese immigrants in a tragic car accident. Sharpton stirred up anti-Semitic protesters, shouting, “No justice, no peace!” They targeted innocent Jewish homes, breaking windows and setting cars on fire, and an angry mob murdered the Jewish driver, Yankel Rosenbaum. Sharpton lead the mobs who chanted about killing “bloodsucking Jews” and “Jew bastards.”

According to reporter Philip Gourevitch, Sharpton used his speech at the child’s funeral to stoke anger.

“Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights. The issue is not anti-Semitism; the issue is apartheid. … All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no coffee klatsch, no skinnin’ and grinnin’,” Sharpton said.
Then again, anti-Semitism is has become a core element of the leftist segment of the Democratic party, masked as anti-Zionist or Anti-Israel rhetoric. In that case, Sharpton's positions are rapidly becoming mainstream Dem positions. Here's a member of The Squad, Rashida Talib as related by Thomas Lifson [video at the link]:
As the Democrats [conduct] the second round of presidential debates in her own congressional district, Rep. Rashida Tlaib takes the opportunity of the spotlight to imply that Israel should not exist, echoing the "drive the Jews into the sea" rhetoric of previous Arab wars on Israel.

Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper in downtown Detroit, Tlaib reiterated her support for the BDS movement and laughably claimed that she would support resolutions supporting boycotts of human rights–abusers like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, except that there aren't congressional resolutions doing so. This is absurd, since she could introduce such resolutions.

And here is the point where, as Tapper wraps up the interview, he asks the question about whether Jews have a right to a state in the land where Israel is. Tlaib evades by saying that she believes that Israel does exist and then launches into her seeming eliminationist rhetoric.
Talib is an outright Islamist. She's virulently anti-Israel and covertly anti-Semitic. And that's her right. The problem isn't with Talib, a fringe member of the Democratic party. The problem is with the party itself—a political entity that doesn't have the courage to reject her positions unequivocally and publicly. Then again, maybe it's not about courage. Maybe the Democratic party has moved closer to her positions than many mainstream Democrats would like to believe.