Chelsea Clinton invokes Purim in rebuke of Steve King's comments

March 13, 2017 21:40
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WASHINGTON - Chelsea Clinton on Monday cited the lessons of Purim to chastise a lawmaker who said restoring Western civilization could not be done "with somebody else’s babies."

Geert Wilders, an ethnic nationalist running in the Netherlands' elections to be held on Wednesday, "understands that culture and demographics are our destiny," said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), retweeting a photo from an anti-European Union website showing Wilders reinforcing a wall representing Western civilization as a flood of Islam surges forth. "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

Clinton was not amused.

"Clearly the congressman does not view all our children as, well, all our children," wrote the daughter of former US president Bill Clinton and secretary of state Hillary Clinton in response. "Particularly ironic and painful on Purim."

Purim celebrates the triumph of Persia’s Jews over a deadly enemy, Haman. Some Jewish traditions cite its lessons as upholding diversity.

Clinton, who is Methodist, married Marc Mezvinsky, who is Jewish, in 2010.

JTA contributed to this report.

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