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Awkward: Remember the last time the GOP 2016ers addressed the Jewish community?

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:


 To recap:

  • 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.

“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

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