Last December, the Republican presidential hopefuls had the distinct honor of embarrassing themselves in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition by playing on stereotypes and showing a shocking lack of knowledge about the issues facing the Jewish community and Israel.
Here’s a good recap of that awkwardness from our friends at Morning Joe:
- Jim Gilmore said, “Last night I was watching Schindler’s List, everybody here’s seen Schindler’s List…”
- John Kasich said, ”My mother told me one time, she said, Johnny — when I was a very young man — she said, Johnny, if you want to look for a really good friend, get somebody who’s Jewish.”
- Donald Trump said, “Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I’ve ever spoken”
- And of course, Ben Carson repeatedly confused the terror group Hamas with hummus.
But since then, things have gone from awkward to downright dangerous.
- Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s frontrunner and standard-bearer, has been credited with reviving the white supremacist movement, has waffled on denouncing the Ku Klux Klan, and former Republican gubernatorial candidate and KKK leader David Duke thinks Donald Trump will help rehabilitate the image of Adolf Hitler.
- Ted Cruz has also welcomed anti-Jewish hate into his campaign by trumpeting the endorsement of a pastor who said that G-d would send “hunters” like Hitler to destroy the Jews if they did not accept Jesus.
“The fact that the presumptive Republican Party nominee is being credited with a revival in the white supremacist movement shows how extreme the GOP has become, and should send shivers down the spine of every American. For generations, Jewish Americans have looked to the Democratic Party as the party of opportunity, equality, social justice and tikkun olam – repairing the world. In 2016, we’re confident that Jewish voters will reject the GOP’s Make America Hate Again campaign, and help make sure we put a Democrat in the White House who will build on the progress we’ve made over the last seven years.” DNC National Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach