Audio: Biden’s ‘Shylock’ comment offends Jews

Audio: Biden’s ‘Shylock’ comment offends Jews

“Is this just Joe Biden being Joe Biden, or is this — to use the Vice President’s own phrase — a big f’in’ deal?” So begins a post by Ed Morrissey on the Veep’s latest gaffe, which is, I believe, #3,924.

In a speech before the Legal Services Corporation, a group that provides lawyers to Americans who otherwise could not afford one, Biden allowed as how “people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being  I mean, these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas.”

The reference touched a nerve of Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman, who said:

Shylock [the greedy moneylender in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” who demanded a “pound of flesh”] represents the medieval stereotype about Jews and remains an offensive characterization to this day.

 

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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