Jennifer Rubin gets paid very nicely to twist reality into a pretzel. The burdens of being one of the Washington Post coterie of Never Trumpers is finding new reasons why Iranian nukes, not moving the embassy to Jerusalem and anti-Semitism are actually right, while pretending not to have changed a single opinion.
In her column on Rep. Omar and the resolution fiasco, Rubin takes a situation in which the Dems backed off an anti-Semitism resolution, in which multiple 2020 Dem candidates defended Omar’s anti-Semitism (Senator Elizabeth Warren accused Jews of shutting down criticism of Israel with false accusations of anti-Semitism) and in which the party proved unwilling to stand with Jews.
And she uses it to accuse Republicans of racism.
“Republicans manage to get Democrats out of a jam — by showing the GOP’s true colors” – Jennifer Rubin
To quote Whitney Houston, crack is whack.
Then things got really weird. The voting began, and Republicans started voting “no” — on a declaration condemning hate. No, really. Republican dissenters included a member of the House leadership (Rep. Liz Cheney) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), who fancies himself a friend of Israel, as well as veteran crackpots such as Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.). Once more, Republicans snatched back the mantle of racial and religious insensitivity, announcing to the world that they couldn’t possibly be against both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Twenty-three Republicans voted no.
Rep. Lee Zeldin was very clear about his objections. As was Rep. Louie Gohmert.
“What makes this so dangerous, and the reason I will vote against this resolution, is because we came here because of an anti-Semitic remark, and we came here to condemn anti-Semitism, but this resolution, as changed up over the last hour, now condemns just about everything. And the reason that is so dangerous is that anti-Semitism, hatred for the children of Israel, is a very special kind of hatred that should never be watered down,” Gohmert said.
“There has never been a persecution of a people like the Jewish people from 1933 to 1945, over six million killed. And it started with little things: hateful remarks made about the children of Israel that grew and grew and, as if it was okay because it was made by somebody who had a grudge, it was let go. And it built until it led to the death of six million Jews, and we have to say ‘no, we will not let it go on.’ And that’s why I’ll vote against it. It’s watered down the sentiment,” Gohmert continued.
That’s what Rubin calls a “veteran crackpot”.
Democrats took a resolution meant to address a specific variety of anti-Semitism in their own party, and then made it meaningless. Voting against that was a clear protest against the move. It was not an unwillingness to condemn other kinds of hatred.
Rubin knows that. Small children in Bangladesh know it.
But serving the Post means having to come up with absurd rationalizations that flip reality on its head.
The GOP objections were the same ones put forward by Jewish Democrats in wanting an anti-Semitism resolution that addressed a specific problem.
Democrats are far from perfect. They have an extremist fringe in their party (supported in this case by three presidential candidates), but there are plenty of adults willing to speak out, plenty who have seen the example of the GOP and know that in letting tribalism and extremism run amok they will destroy themselves
Except the whole point of the anti-Semitism resolution was that the Democrat leadership and the top Dem frontrunners backed the extremism and the anti-Semitism.
So it’s time to pivot to an unrelated rant about Republicans and Trump.
“Republicans have learned nothing, it seems. They are incapable of condemning their party’s leader — or heaven forbid, dumping him! — and remain frightened if not in agreement with the xenophobic, white-grievance crowd, which equates condemning bigotry with “political correctness.”
Rep. Gohmert made it clear why he voted against. Jennifer Rubin is desperately trying to spin Republican opposition to anti-Semitism as racism.
This is what happens when you sell your soul and the political pawn shop won’t give it back.
Republicans showed courage in voting against a resolution that failed to address anti-Semitic behavior by a leading Democrat. Rubin shows cowardice and deep dishonesty for trying to spin opposition to a cover-up of anti-Semitism as support for racism.
That’s the gambit that Rep. Omar’s defenders have embraced. It’s despicable that Rubin puts it forward.