Democrats have worked to suppress criticism of their ties to George Soros, a billionaire mega-funder, by accusing critics of the radical financier, of antisemitism.
Never mind that George Soros has a long history of both engaging in and financing antisemitism.
But now it’s pedophiles.
Any Republican mention of sex offenders is treated as a QAnon conspiracy. Hence Michael Isikoff falsely claiming that a NRCC ad against Rep. Tom Malinowski is really meant for QAnon.
And then comes the kicker: U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski, a freshman Democrat from New Jersey in a swing district, “tried to make it easier for predators to hide in the shadows,” the woman continues. “Malinowski worked as the top lobbyist for a radical group that opposed the National Sex Offender Registry.”
As attack ads go, this one — entitled “Shadow” and released by the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC) — would be considered extreme even by the usual standards of political mudslinging. There is no evidence that Malinowski, who before being elected to Congress in 2018 served for years as the Washington director of Human Rights Watch and later as assistant secretary of state for democracy and human rights, had ever done anything to protect sexual predators or lobbied against the sex offender registry.
But to some, the harsh attack ad is part of a nationwide “QAnon strategy” that the Republican campaign committee appears to be deploying to exploit the fears and paranoia fueled by the bizarre conspiracy cult convinced that the Democrats are working with “deep state” sex traffickers and pedophiles to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidency.
The basis for the attack ad is pretty clear. It comes from Free Beacon’s reporting. Isikoff however fails to acknowledge or address those allegations.
The organization’s 2006 lobbying disclosure report lists Malinowski and a colleague, Jennifer Daskal, as lobbyists against the crime bill.
According to the Congressional Record, the group urged Congress to vote against the bill, citing, among other things, provisions requiring lifetime registration for sex offenders, the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences, and the expansion of the federal death penalty. The group argued that there is “no legitimate community safety justification for the provisions in this legislation that require offenders to register for the rest of their lives, regardless of whether they have lived offense free for decades.”
The NRCC attack ad is fair game and straightforward. It’s not targeting QAnon. It doesn’t need to. Attack ads are aimed at persuading swing voters. It’s targeting suburban homeowners who could swing either way.
But Isikoff’s smear is aimed at constricting topics that can be discussed because they tap into some fringe elements.
Jews have been denouncing George Soros for a long time. Do some antisemitic figures fasten on to him? Of course they do. Michelle Malkin’s Groyper speech infamously conflated Holocaust denial with opposition to Soros. And that’s a typical gambit. But that doesn’t mean that criticism of Soros or the Federal Reserve is antisemitic. The Left’s focus on what it calls dog whistles conveniently evades the actual question of what’s being discussed in favor of mind reading.
Attack ads accusing candidates of being soft on criminals are a staple of politics. And Democrats claiming that the attack ads are racist dog whistles are about as old as cable television. Throwing QAnon into the mix adds another element to the narrative, but is really the same old preemptive defense strategy of censorship.
Democrats want to shut down conversations on topics that they don’t want to talk about. It’s telling that they don’t want softness on sex offenders to be a topic.