Three years ago, I wrote that the Working Families Party, a radical leftist group, has an antisemitism problem.
When D.C. Councilmember Trayon White came under fire for blaming Jews for controlling the weather, dumping a Holocaust Museum tour and donating to an anti-Semitic Nation of Islam event, the loudest voice in his defense came once again from the Working Families Party. The WFP is a spinoff of ACORN.
Laurie Cumbo, a WFP endorsed New York City Council candidate, explained black anti-Semitic violence by claiming that Jews with “bags of money” were trying to force black people out.
Linda Sarsour had praised Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. She even defended Farrakhan against accusations of anti-Semitism from, what she called, the “Jewish media.” Her efforts to marginalize Jews, celebrating stone throwing against Jews and BDS activism were met with Jewish protests. Four top WFP officials, Dan Cantor, its National Director, Joe Dinkin, its National Communications Director, and Bill Lipton, its New York State Director, signed a letter defending her.
Cantor and the WFP have also been enthusiastic proponents of Keith Ellison even though the longtime former Nation of Islam member had a very ugly history of anti-Semitism.
So this latest incident involving Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a top target of the AOC and DSA wing of the Dems, should surprise no one.
In a September 20th speech, the pair were met by roughly 100 hecklers – most of whom, Gottheimer claimed, came from the local chapter of the Working Families Party (WFP) – in Glen Rock, NJ. According to Gottheimer, who spoke about the incident for the first time on December 13th in a speech addressed to the President of Rutgers University in New Jersey, “They were going from store to store protesting and as we were going into the bakery someone from the crowd derisively screamed ‘Jew.”
Raimondo, however, confirmed to The New York Post that she indeed heard the hateful slurs. “Antisemitism is wrong, reprehensible and unacceptable. I join Congressman Gottheimer in condemning these hateful attacks that have absolutely no place in our politics,” Raimondo said. InsiderNJ, which covered the protest at the time, also noted in an overview of the September 20th speech that “verbal insults were hurled at the congressman.”
Gottheimer had originally come to the Rutgers campus to voice his displeasure over a decision by the part-time faculty union at Rutgers to support internationally-recognized terrorist group Hamas during their most recent battles with the State of Israel.
The WFP, as usual, is denying everything, but the pattern isn’t hard to spot.