Joe Scarborough, left, and Mika Brzezinski, right, attend FX’s “The Americans” season five premiere at the DGA Theater on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Saturday night’s Monsey, NY stabbings were the 10th assault on the Jewish community in the New York City area in the timespan of a week. In the aftermath, there have been widespread condemnations of the wave of attacks along with the predictable blame-game playing we’re used to seeing from Democrats.
One Democratic figure who has been surprisingly out front and vocal about the attacks is Rev. Al Sharpton, who has a long history of vile anti-Semitic comments which he has never atoned for to the public.
This includes his incitement of the Freddie’s Fashion Mart massacre, which occurred just a few months after Sharpton said during a rally “We will not stand by and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper [Jewish shop owner Fred Harari] can expand his business on 125th Street.”
Seven employees of the store were killed in the attack that followed 3 months later.
In spite of that history, during a news conference Monday Sharpton spoke to the mainstream media about the need for unity and action, stating the machete attack that injured 5 members of the Jewish community “will not set us back”:
“This will not set us back,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton at a news conference at his National Action Network’s Harlem headquarters. “We will cooperate and stand with any move in our community to investigate hate crimes no matter who the hated, and no matter who the hater.
“If it had been attacks against the members of the black community, we would have stood up and spoke out,” Sharpton added. “We cannot remain silent as we see a consistent pattern against people based on their faith and based on who they are.”
Sharpton was joined by black, Hispanic and Jewish leaders who denounced the Monsey attack and a recent spate of violent hate crimes against Jews across the region.
The message is good but the messenger? Well, let’s just say it rings hollow considering the source.
Apparently Joe Scarborough didn’t feel the same way. On Monday, he tweeted out the quote from his MSNBC colleague Sharpton from the presser, treating him as though he was a moral authority when it came to condemning anti-Semitism:
“If it had been attacks against the members of the black community, we would have stood up and spoke out. We cannot remain silent as we see a consistent pattern against people based on their faith and based on who they are.”
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) December 30, 2019
Conservatives, including Jewish conservatives like David Harsanyi, understandably had some thoughts:
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) December 30, 2019
Al Sharpton? Crown Heights “Diamond Dealers” Al Sharpton?
You’ve lost your damn mind, Joe
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) December 31, 2019
— Go Jirah (@MechaGodzillaWu) December 30, 2019
Well looky here! 🤔 I wouldn’t consider him the Savior we need right now. https://t.co/Je4KJn5257
— Pami Q (@Duckypam) December 30, 2019
This is particularly fascinating when you consider how Scarborough, as a member of Congress, introduced a House resolution condemning Sharpton’s anti-Semitism in 2000.
When the Morning Joe co-host was reminded of this over the summer, this is what he had to say in response:
Thanks to those reminding me of how stridently Al Sharpton and I opposed each other 20 years ago. We take pride in our friendship today because of that history, recognizing Jesus’s words that all have fallen short of God’s glory and we should forgive each others 70 x 7 times.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) July 29, 2019
While having the ability to forgive is admirable, Scarborough’s statement about forgiving Sharpton for his past deeds also rings hollow considering the fact that Sharpton himself has never apologized to the public for his despicable words and actions.
That he felt the need to cite Sharpton as an authoritative voice on condemning anti-Semitism speaks volumes about his ability to make good judgment calls – or, rather, lack thereof.