On Saturday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that President Trump’s criticism of Representative Adam Schiff was anti-Semitic. She accused him of “engaging in deliberate, atrocious, targeted anti-Semitism,” linking an opinion piece connecting Trump’s rhetoric to that of neo-Nazis. The author of this op-ed, Mehdi Hasan, uses a September tweet from Trump to validate this claim.
Hasan suggests that Trump’s targeting of Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler, Chairs of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, must be anti-Semitic since the two men are Jewish. Hasan also notes Trump intentionally targeted AOC as well since she is a woman of color.
Trump’s assertion that Rep. Schiff exhibits “shifty” behavior is merely recognition of reality. Even the more left-leaning Washington Post refuted Schiff’s fabrication regarding speaking directly with the whistleblower as being “flat-our false.” The Post’s fact-checker tool allots politicians with Pinocchio ratings ranging from one to four depending on the severity of the lie. Schiff was awarded with four.
It seems AOC’s insistence that the labeling of Schiff as sneaky or deceptive is anti-Semitic doesn’t extend to the Washington Post, or past Republicans more generally.
Just last month, AOC was called out for suggesting Republicans use the “cudgel of anti-Semitism to scare people away” in a TV interview. She was referring to the administration’s condemnation of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s countless anti-Semitic statements, actions and associations.
The hypocrisy of this statement is incredible considering the blatant partisan undertones motivating AOC’s recent tweet. Rep. Cortes is in fact proving that some elected officials are willing to use the defense of Jews as a “cudgel” in order to further a favorable political outcome.