Today, nearly the entire Republican presidential field attended a forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition. Among the lowlights, several of the candidates made some meshugah claims about their audience:
- Donald Trump said, “Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I’ve ever spoken”
- 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. And you know why she said that? She said, no matter what happens to you, your friend, your Jewish friend will stick by your side and fight right with you and stand by you.”
Others tried to paper over their lack of knowledge of Middle East issues:
- Ben Carson: The Guardian reports that “In his speech, Carson repeatedly mispronounced the name of the terrorist group Hamas, calling it ‘hummus’ on several occasions as he seemed to give a basic history lesson of the Middle East, reciting every war in the region since 1947.”
- Marco Rubio commented that Iran’s nuclear threat has been exacerbated by President Obama. But the facts show it was clearly exacerbated by the last Republican president, who allowed the regime to go from zero to 5,000 centrifuges on his watch. And these three very important world leaders disagree with Rubio’s assessment.
“Today’s Republican Jewish Coalition forum showed yet again that these Republican Apprentices are not ready for prime time. Year after year, Republicans say this will be the election they win the Jewish vote. Yet with the Republican candidates’ tone-deaf and offensive remarks, and their commitment to the failed policies of the past, it’s no wonder that Jewish voters identify as Democrats by a two-to-one margin.” – TJ Helmstetter, DNC spokesperson