California’s upcoming primary elections could deliver Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) an unlikely foreign policy ally—Republican Greg Raths, who last week said the “Jewish community” uses money to “control” U.S. politicians.
Raths’s anti-Semitic rant came during a May 20 Orange County Islamic Foundation candidate forum, which saw the Republican claim that U.S. support for Israel is bought and paid for by the “Jewish community.” Raths, who is running against Republican congresswoman Young Kim in California’s 40th Congressional District, also called to “rein in” U.S. foreign aid to Israel, a position he said he is able to support because he hasn’t taken “one dime” from Jewish sources.
“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
Raths’s comments echo those of Omar, who in 2019 said U.S. support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins baby,” a reference to $100 bills bearing Benjamin Franklin’s face. The far-left congresswoman’s remark prompted swift condemnation from many of her Democratic colleagues—former New York representative Max Rose, for example, said Omar invoked “hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel.” Republican Jewish Coalition national political director Sam Markstein similarly rebuked Raths, calling his remarks “blatantly anti-Semitic.”
“Both Mr. Raths and Ilhan Omar now share the distinct honor of suggesting that Jewish Americans buy political influence—a well-known, age-old anti-Semitic stereotype,” Markstein told the Washington Free Beacon. “It is disgusting, appalling, and has absolutely no place in the GOP.”
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