Democrat rep. accuses Republicans of opposing antisemitism for donors

"Jewish voters don’t want to see Israel politicized by Republicans in order to score political points," said the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
August 3, 2019 17:28
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Democrat rep. accuses Republicans of opposing antisemitism for donors

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich). (photo credit: WIKIPEDIA)

Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin from Michigan accused Republicans of only opposing antisemitism in hopes of getting money from Jewish donors. 

She spoke at the Jewish Democratic summer conference on Sunday and said that, "We have, what I believe is a full-on attempt by the Republican Party to grab a different community and bring them into the fold, and – I will just be very honest, right – they are not looking for our votes because we are a relatively small community; they are looking for our donors, right?”
Slotkin's remarks received a warm welcome from fellow Democrat Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America. 


Soifer said that, "Republican attempts to use antisemitism and Israel as political wedge issues will fail at attracting Jewish voters. That is because Jewish voters don’t want to see Israel politicized by Republicans in order to score political points, and we don’t want to be used as pawns to shield President Trump’s bigoted views.“


However, Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks, along with other prominent Jewish Republicans, did not appreciate these comments. 


Brooks responded to her claims: "Congresswoman Slotkin’s remarks are factually wrong and ugly. Slotkin thinks so little of our fellow Jews that she believes Republicans ‘are not looking for [Jewish] votes, because we are a relatively small community.’ While Jews are a small community, they vote in far greater percentages than other ethnic groups. Jewish votes have tipped the scales in state and federal elections in key states, including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania."


He continued to attack the representative by saying that her "dismissive attitude... is reflective of  her party's views." Brooks finished his statement by saying that she should stand up to the "blatant antisemitism of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib in her own party." 


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