Bernie Sanders has been the single biggest factor in normalizing anti-Semitism among Democrats. It's not so much what he says, though he is the worst of the candidates on Jewish issues, as his eagerness to defend some of the worst offenders.
When you look at some of the uglier figures in the party, they're inevitably tied to the Bernie machine.
This isn't a new development. Bernie went on backing Jesse Jackson after his anti-Semitic slurs. His outreach to the Latin American Marxists and the USSR helped normalize deeply anti-Semitic regimes engaged in the persecution of Jewish minorities.
And that's accompanied by his own determination to avoid the "J" word.
Only Bernie Sanders could write an entire New York Times essay titled, I" Know Where I Came From. Does President Trump?" without mentioning Jewish.
Instead, in typical Bernie fashion, it describes his father as a Polish immigrant.
"My father came to this country from Poland at the age of 17 with barely a nickel in his pocket," Sanders writes.
And that's as close to the subject as he gets. He describes his father as an immigrant. That's it. An immigrant from Poland.
Bernie Sanders doesn't think of himself as Jewish. And he isn't. The only religious leader he appears to admire is the current pope. He has a particular hatred for Jews and the Jewish people.
Being a bigot isn't a crime.
But it's time to hold his supporters accountable for trying to market Senator Sanders as an elderly Jewish grandpa when he takes every opportunity to avoid any association with his Jewish ancestors.