A December 3 conference call saw Democtatic National Committee Chair (and secular Jew) Debbie Wasserman Schultz disgrace herself by inappropriately invoking the memory of the Holocaust and using it to score cheap political points.
Schultz held a call with the press to discuss how (in her opinion) the Republican presidential candidates are out-of-touch with the priorities of the Jewish community, which is ironic since throughout her tenure as head of the DNC, Wasserman Schultz has made it clear that she doesn’t care about the needs or priorities of the American Jewish community.
After after accusing the GOP of pandering, Schultz spoke about the Syrian refugees:
This quickly translated into the most shameful part of the GOP’s response to the Paris attacks: the scapegoating and turning away refugees fleeing this same terror in their own countries.
We have seen this movie before. In May 1939, the SS St. Louis left Hamburg, Germany carrying more than 900 passengers, nearly all of them Jewish and seeking refuge in the United States. Our country turned them away, and many who were sent back to mainland Europe were killed in the Holocaust. Instead of learning from that mistake – Republican candidates and politicians were eager to repeat it.
What Wasserman Schultz neglected to mention is that when the Jews were trying to escape the Nazis, Hitler did not embed SS soldiers in with the refugees — it was not even a concern. On the other hand, there is a big fear that ISIS is embedding terrorists in with the Syrian refugees as they already have done with the Paris attacks.
What she also forgot is that the person who turned away all those Jews was Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
FDR refused to accept Jews fleeing Hitler into the U.S. and his reason was the country already had too many Jews. In his book, “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.” historian Rafael Medoff says Roosevelt failed to take relatively simple measures that would have saved significant numbers of Jews during the Holocaust because his vision for America only encompassed having a small number of Jews.
GBA Strategist Jim Gerstein added:
The Jewish people are an important Democratic constituency that has averaged 70 percent for the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since exit polling began in 1972. The 2012 election illustrated the support that Jewish voters have for the Democratic Party. Despite an unprecedented attack on President Obama by Jewish Republican organizations and donors before the election, President Obama still won 70 percent of the vote nationally, including 68 percent in Florida and 69 percent in Ohio.
Gerstein left out the part about how many Jews voted for Barack Obama despite the fact that he is widely regarded as the president whose anti-Israel policies were the worst since the creation of the Jewish State in 1948 and that he recently negotiated a treaty that guarantees that Iran will be able to build a nuclear bomb when Obama’s out of office.
Or that just this week Obama appointed Robert Malley, anti-Israel Hamas supporter as his new ISIL Czar.
Gerstein added that there was never a time when the Republicans have put a dent in the Jewish vote. I have only two words for him: Jimmy Carter. When Carter, who was almost as bad as Obama toward Jews, lost his re-election campaign he still received 45% of the Jewish vote in the three-way race. Republican Ronald Reagan got 39% that year.
After the Iran deal, seven years of the anti-Israel Obama and the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidecy (she too, has made a career of being anti-Israel), American Jews are realizing today that the Democrats Party’s stance is the mirror image of James Baker’s famous statement, “F**k the Jews; they will vote for us whatever we do!”
The Democrats believe that American Jews are idiots, that we won’t remember the awful anti-Israel Obama years, or that the Democratic Party removed four pro-Israel planks from its platform. Do they really believe that American Jews will be stupid enough to forget that the P5+1 Iranian deal, approved by almost every Democrat in the House and Senate? The Iran deal which put both Israel and the United States in mortal danger, is seared in our memories. And so is the anti-Semitic rhetoric and boycott by Democrats when John Boehner invited Bibi Netanyahu to speak to congress.
And now just one more straw in the camel’s back is Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s invoking the memory of the Holocaust for political gain, after spending the last seven years lying about Obama and Israel. But Wasserman Shultz doesn’t understand her own people. We aren’t a people who forget.
The Democrats are past the point of redemption, not just on Jewish issues, but on economic, safety and issues of freedom relevant to the entire U.S. population.
Cross-posted at The Lid