Caution: This editorial contains two ideas. They might at first glance appear to be in tension. But both are, in fact, true. Both need saying.
The first idea is that U.S. House Democrats epically botched what should have been the simple task of disciplining freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, who made anti-Semitic statements and should have been at the business end of a formal rebuke. Instead, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House passed a bucket of tripe that said all types of hate are bad.
The second idea is that President Donald Trump, not content simply to assert this, took criticism of his political foes to disgusting and divisive and indefensible extremes by saying “the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They’ve become an anti-Jewish party.” Never put it past the president to turn what could be a legitimate point into an outrageous smear. Proud pro-Israel Jewish Democrats include New York’s own Chuck Schumer, Eliot Engel, Jerry Nadler, Nita Lowey, Mike Bloomberg, and millions of others across America.
And by Trump’s own logic — if a series of primal screams can be said to have logic — the Republican Party has become a white supremacist party.
“I am just a big fan in what he stands for,” said Trump in 2014 about Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. King would go on to claim “our civilization” can’t be restored with “somebody else’s babies”; retweet messages from Nazi sympathizers; and lament that “white nationalist” has become a pejorative term. Trump would go on to be silent.
Meantime, Trump himself has retweeted an anti-Semitic image featuring Hillary Clinton; said to a group of Jews, “You want to control your politicians, that’s fine”; said a gang of neo-Nazi and KKK protesters included “some very fine people”; said a Mexican-American judge couldn’t be fair because of his background; denounced dark-skinned immigrants as coming from “shithole countries”; and as a candidate proposed banning the world’s billion-plus Muslims from so much as stepping foot in America.
Each time, Republican politicians furrowed a few brows and then went about their business. If Democrats are an anti-Jewish party, what is the GOP?
FROM AN EDITORIAL IN THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS