Why would a Senator representing the largest Jewish population in the country show such flagrant contempt for those voters?
Senator Gillibrand has gotten away with flouting the Jewish community's views on Iran and Israel. But, in a perverse way, the Women's March hits closer to home than foreign policy debates.
Tamika Mallory doing her media tour while defending Farrakhan, hijacking the Women's March to kick out Jewish lefties, is a painful reminder to Jewish lefties that they can ultimately be one or the other.
The DNC had dropped out. So did a number of other establishment groups.
But Senator Gillibrand is launching a doomed presidential campaign and decided that she needed enough of the edge in Iowa to show up at the Women's March. Then, somewhere in the middle of her rant to an anti-Semitic hate group, she threw in this, "“I will make this very clear. We know there is no room for anti-Semitism anywhere in our movement. We know this."
That's not a condemnation of anti-Semitism in the Women's March. That would be too risky. It would have gotten her booed.
Instead it's more of a claim that it doesn't exist. Making it an excuse.
But it can easily be ambiguous enough to be anything in between.
After cakewalking to reelection, despite blatantly lying about her political plans, Senator Gillibrand feels arrogant enough to dismiss New York's Jewish voters, confident that by the time her next election rolls out, the whole thing will have blown over.
And she may be right. But then again she may not be.
Senator Gillibrand's blatant careerism has won her enemies in both wings of the party. Few love her. More are beginning to hate her. And her doomed 2020 campaign won't help.
The next election may not be an easy one.