Democratic congresswoman thinks GOP just wants Jews for their money – Washington Examiner

On Tuesday evening, freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat from Michigan, had a lot to say about recent ill-conceived remarks made by President Trump regarding the political positions of Jewish voters. Perhaps she believed Americans would not be aware of how she played politics regarding the positions of Jewish voters herself only weeks ago at an event in Michigan.

While speaking with the press in the Oval Office, Trump commented on the failure of Democrats to speak out against two congresswomen, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who have stirred up controversy after being denied entrance to Israel, in part due to their history of making anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks, and also due to their support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement, which is steeped in anti-Semitism and uses hateful and coercive measures to apply harmful pressure to the Jewish state of Israel, to Israelis, and to anyone who finds themselves allied with Israel.

“Where has the Democrat Party gone … when they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel?” Trump asked, then adding, “And I think any Jews who vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

In a series of three tweets, Slotkin, who is Jewish, condemned Trump, equating his use of the term “disloyalty” with the anti-Semitic dual loyalty trope, something both Omar and Tlaib have employed in passing months.

“The President’s comments,” Slotkin said, “continue a deliberate and misguided attempt to make support for Israel a partisan issue, breaking with bipartisan tradition that goes back to the founding of the state of Israel. It is simply toxic.”

Apparently, Slotkin does not find “toxic” the remarks she made on July 28 at a conference for Jewish Democrats in Michigan, when she made support for Jews, and even the abhorrence of anti-Semitism, a partisan issue.

“There has been a lot of discussion for the past … eight months about anti-Semitism,” she said. “We have what I believe is a full-on attempt by the Republican Party to grab a different community and bring them into the fold, and I will just be very honest. … They are not looking for our votes, because we are a relatively small community. They are looking for our donors, right? They are looking for our donors, and they are trying to sway us.”

Like so many of her fellow Democrats, Slotkin has failed to comment about the heinous inaccuracies and partial truths perpetuated by Tlaib and Omar regarding Israel, which are undeniably attempts to break from America’s long bipartisan tradition, which Slotkin mentioned on Twitter, of support for Israel.

Slotkin has, however, criticized both the president and the state of Israel for the decision not to allow Tlaib and Omar to visit the Jewish state.

Taking political sides like this is not out of character for the freshman congresswoman. In the past, Slotkin has condemned Trump’s alleged hate and anti-Semitism on multiple occasions, though she has only spoken out once about the anti-Semitic tropes put forward by Omar, and has never remarked on Tlaib’s anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric. While Slotkin has spoken out about Democrats being called “Nazis” by Republicans, she has never once raised her voice to condemn those on the Left who routinely use the same despicable term in reference to figures on the Right.

Slotkin’s infuriating remarks about Republicans feigning interest in rising anti-Semitism in America to exploit Jewish money, as well as her lack of comment about those within her own party who attack Israel and use anti-Semitic language, show that the representative’s behavior is motivated by her partisan political feelings.

Wednesday morning, Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican from New York, tweeted about the president’s many efforts to strengthen America’s alliance with the world’s only Jewish state. He also provided an important reminder. “Jewish voters,” he tweeted, “don’t universally vote the same way [because] they prioritize different stances/issues.”

Trump, Slotkin, and others politicizing the voting habits of Jewish people ought to take note.

With anti-Semitic hatred on the rise from fringe elements of both political parties, and publicity for and acceptance of the dangerous BDS movement making unprecedented gains, both parties need to stand up for our ally Israel and stand firmly against attacks on American Jews, regardless of how they cast their votes or donate their hard-earned dollars.

Beth Bailey (@BWBailey85) is a freelance writer from the Detroit area.

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