Apologizing to anti-Semites for telling the truth about them is not a good look, but according to a new report, that’s what the Biden campaign did Sunday evening.
The backstory is that Palestinian “activist” and anti-Semite Linda Sarsour spoke at a Muslim delegation meeting during the DNC last week, causing a bit of an uproar. Not only does she have a history of anti-Jewish rhetoric and repeating talking points from Hamas, she supports the antisemitic BDS movement. This all appeared to go against Biden’s past statements on Israel. As a result, there was a fairly immediate denouncement from Biden’s spokesman.
This per my previous article on the subject.
Joe Biden has been a strong supporter of Israel and a vehement opponent of anti-Semitism his entire life, and he obviously condemns her views and opposes BDS, as does the Democratic platform,” Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement Tuesday.
“She has no role in the Biden campaign whatsoever,” he added before reiterating that the Democratic platform was against the BDS movement.
There was likely no love lost before this either, as Sarsour had previously demanded the Biden campaign “concede and negotiate” if they want the support of Bernie Sanders fans.
But now, it appears the Biden campaign is trying to play both sides, publicly denouncing Sarsour for the plaudits while at the same time making backroom calls to assure she and her supporters that they don’t really mean it. Middle East Eye obtained a recording of this happening last night.
Top aides to presidential candidate Joe Biden have apologised to Arab and Muslim Democrats over an attack on Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour by the campaign, in an effort to quell anger over the controversy.
In a private call with dozens of prominent activists on Sunday, Ashley Allison, national coalitions director for the Biden campaign, said she was “sorry” for the comments that a campaign spokesman made against Sarsour.
Top foreign policy adviser Tony Blinken also expressed “regret” over the incident during the virtual meeting.
Anger erupted after a Biden campaign spokesman had condemned Sarsour and suggested that she was antisemitic over her criticism of Israel.
Allison said she empathised with “the pain” that the campaign had caused to Arabs and Muslims by disavowing Sarsour.
“I am sorry that that happened. And I hope that whatever trust was broken, that this conversation is one small step to help build back the trust, but that is not the last time we have this conversation,” Allison told the activists.
This is not some anonymous claim from a third-party source. The article names names with direct quotes from the call and that’s important for the credibility of what’s being claimed. While I won’t post everything here, if you go to the original link, the apology keep going. Symone Sanders, a former Bernie surrogate now with the Biden campaign, reportedly said that condemning people is not what they do in relation to Sarsour, calling it an “egregious misstep.”
As I’ve said before, this is who the Democrat party is. The idea that Biden was going to thread the needle and distance himself from these anti-Semitic elements was always a pipe dream. Some on the right bought his original denouncement. Now, it’s clear they got played. Biden wants to put on one face for the moderates while making up with the radicals and assuring them they are really the ones in control. It’s cynical, but with a media unwilling to call out anything he does, he’s currently getting away with it.
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