This week’s primaries included a victory for Democrat Ilhan Omar in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District, despite facing four challengers and having campaign experience that was limited to one legislative race. Omar had the good fortune, however, to run for what Scott Johnson in The Weekly Standard called “The Anti-Israel Seat.” MN CD-5 has been represented for the past decade by Keith Ellison, a.k.a “Keith X. Ellison,” a.k.a “Keith E. Hakim.” As noted by the Anti-Defamation League, Ellison pedals the standard anti-Semitic trope about those sneaky Jews controlling America:
The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes.
Ellison had a great night this week by becoming the Democratic nominee for Minnesota attorney general, the state’s chief law enforcement officer. It’s not clear what exactly closed the sale for Minnesota Democrats: Ellison’s hatred of Israel, his hatred of police officers, or his resort to sharia law whenever his lady friends start getting a little uppity.
Omar may have large shoes to fill, but appears capable. As Johnson observed, she insists that Israel is an “apartheid regime” and “has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
Omar’s and Ellison’s expressions of hatred towards Israel are recycled bigotry, pure and simple. What David Isaac said in yesterday’s Washington Free Beacon about the British Labor Party applies with equal force to America’s Democrats: “Anti-Israelism is more than a gateway drug to anti-Semitism. It is the new anti-Semitism.” A generation ago, it was the “neocons” controlling America. Before that, it was the “international bankers.” Because members of today’s target audience — mostly millennials — are dumber than their predecessors, Democrat dog whistles need to be more blatant, like “Israel,” “Israeli officials,” and “Israeli lobbyists.” Democrats, not Republicans, use these whistles because now, as always, the vast majority of dogs who respond vote Democratic rather than Republican.
The title of Johnson’s otherwise excellent Weekly Standard piece wrongly includes a definite article. MN CD-5 is an anti-Israel seat, not the anti-Israel seat. VA CD-5 is another, where Democrats nominated Leslie Cockburn a few weeks ago. She co-authored Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S. Israeli Covert Relationship, a book chock full of anti-Semitism, as noted by Angelo Codevilla in Commentary Magazine:
This book is no less than a history of the world since 1948, with the United States of America cast as the chief evildoer, and Israel as the evil genie. As the Cockburns see it, Israel, playing Iago to America’s Othello, has brought out the worst in this stupid, great power. Israel’s leaders, unprincipled, cynical addicts to military force and dirty tricks, manipulate America through American Jews—“women with blue hair and pseudo-athletic men.” These Jews have so corrupted America’s politics with their money that U.S. Presidents, too, have been led to betray our national interests by joining in massive coverups of Israeli misdeeds, including the illegal transfer of U.S. military technology on a scale “much bigger than Pollard.”
And, of course, there are members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY CD-14. The DSA supports the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, another collection of virulent anti-Semites.
Republican candidates are struggling to gain traction by running on the usual GOP staples like small government and the Wall, probably because the electorate knows they’re not serious. The GOP has owned the White House, Senate, and House for the better part of two years, during which time government spending has exploded for just about everything except the Wall.
But anti-Israel sentiment and, indeed, outright anti-Semitism still separate Republicans from Democrats. Most Americans (74%, to be exact) are pro-Israel. Republicans, however, are far more pro-Israel (87%) than Democrats (49%). This might explain why anti-Semites always lose when they run in Republican primaries, but often prevail in Democrat primaries.
Put more simply, Democrats embrace anti-Semitic candidates in a way that Republicans and independents do not. Maybe a clever (or desperate) Republican candidate or two will figure that out and start campaigning accordingly.