You knew Democrats were going to come to the defense of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) as he is getting blasted by Republicans and those who care about truth for his fabrications in regard to the Ukraine whistleblower story.
But it looks like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wins the prize for the most ridiculous defense.
Are you ready? Here it is:
It’s wrong. It’s harmful. And his bigotry is reflective of the white supremacist base he relies on for political gain.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 5, 2019
“Understand that Trump is engaged in deliberate, atrocious, targeted antisemitism towards Chairman Schiff,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Then ask yourself why no one cares to denounce it – esp when his accusation of it towards others drove full news cycles earlier this year.”
Wait, what? Criticism of Schiff is anti-Semitism? Is she kidding? The article she cites basically says Trump calling Democrats “savages” and Schiff “shifty” is anti-Semitic.
Um, perhaps the criticism has to do with the fact that Schiff has a small problem with the truth that everyone has seen, from fabricating quotes and not telling the truth about the whistleblower matter to telling Americans he has “evidence” that will prove collusion between the Trump team and Russia, but never producing it.
How about calling out your colleague for not telling the truth?
Maybe this says more about what’s going in AOC’s head then anything else, that she equates perfectly reasonable criticism of lying to anti-Semitism.
But this isn’t even so much a defense of Adam Schiff as an attempt to excuse her sisters in The Squad, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) who have gotten in trouble for their anti-Semitic comments in the past, hence the reason for the second sentence in her tweet.
Needless to say, she got justifiably schooled for this hot take, as Twitchy notes.
When your party gets caught lying, scream racism/antisemitism to distract from your misdeed.
— Colorado RedTraci (@goptraci) October 5, 2019
Examine your friends first. https://t.co/yecvkc31cm
— neontaster (@neontaster) October 5, 2019
Your state has become the number 1 state for hate crimes against Jews. Your squad members have tooted the horn of dog whistles, when it comes to their antisemitism.
Your collab with Corbyn is disturbing to say the least.
Perhaps you have no leg to stand on when it comes to AS. https://t.co/zbeuk1xQxR
— Claire Voltaire (@Claire_Voltaire) October 5, 2019
This, again, is a despicable appropriation of genuine Jewish concerns about anti-Semitism to shield partisans from criticism. And it's especially despicable coming from a person who regularly defends and normalizes anti-Semitism in US politics. https://t.co/RmLWzqU8Pw
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) October 5, 2019
This is such garbage. I don't care what you think of Trump. AOC and Hasan are two of the loudest voices that have excused blatant antisemitism on the left now diminishing actual antisemitism with baseless accusations. https://t.co/6bVIzvvrmq
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) October 5, 2019
Perhaps the best response came from former White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer:
Anti-semitism is real and it is horrible.
Politicians shouldn’t dilute its meaning and its seriousness by slinging it around to attack their opponents.
AOC is reckless and her judgment is awful.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 5, 2019