Linda Sarsour is Alienating Jewish Voters from Bernie Sanders

Linda Sarsour is Alienating Jewish Voters from Bernie Sanders

One of the many problems that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont has in his run for the presidency is the fact that so many of his campaign surrogates, high profile office holders and celebrities, are problematic people. Three-fourths of the so-called Squad, radical female House members, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are in Bernie’s corner. However, exceeding even these three ladies in the depths of their extremism is a woman named Linda Sarsour,

Forward, a magazine of news and opinion-oriented toward Jewish people and issues explains.

“A controversy involving a top campaign surrogate is proving to be a setback for Sen. Bernie Sanders as he works to earn more Jewish support ahead of the Iowa Democratic caucus, less than two months away. It’s the latest example of Sanders, the most successful Jewish presidential candidate in American history, drawing anger from Jewish voters over what some see as his lack of concern for their specific communal issues.”

Sarsour recently addressed a conference held by an organization called American Muslims for Palestine. In her remarks, he suggested that the State of Israel is based on the “supremacy of Jews” which she compared to white supremacy. Neither Sarsour nor the Sanders Campaign has responded to the outcry from the Anti-Defamation League and others for that statement.

Sarsour’s statement was not only bigoted but incorrect. While Israel was established as a national homeland for the Jews, almost two million Arab inhabitants of the Jewish state are either citizens, with full civil and political rights, or residents with the right to apply for citizenship.

In any case, Sarsour, as well as members of the Squad, are presenting a problem for Bernie Sanders, considered the most successful Jewish American politician to run for president. Many Jewish voters, who might otherwise agree with Bernie’s agenda and might want to vote for him, have been turned off by the anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist statements being made by surrogates like Sarsour. Thus far, Sanders has not said anything to repudiate statements by his surrogates, including the one by Sarsour suggesting that “Jewish supremacy” is the equivalent to white supremacy. It is roughly restating the old trope that Zionism is racism.

The statement is also fraught with intentioned irony. White supremacists also tend to be anti-Semites. Thus, the statement was doubly hurtful for Jews and others who abhor anti-Jewish bigotry.

Bernie’s Israel policy is somewhat problematic in any case, according to a recent story in the Jerusalem Post. While he claims to be a supporter of Israel, he has also suggested that he would cut military aid to the Jewish state to pressure it to be more forthcoming to the Palestinians. The implication is that Sanders believes that Israel is a barrier to Middle East peace and that he is willing to place its security in jeopardy to bring it to heel.

On the other hand, Sanders has called out the sort of anti-Semitism that Sarsour and other of his supporters have expressed. He was not condemned Sarsour directly nor has distanced himself from her.

What would happen if Bernie Sanders is the Democratic nominee? Right now, he enjoys less Jewish support than other Democrats have. The Forward offers the following analysis from Aaron Keyek, the former executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

“Jews, after all, are one of the most consistent Democratic voting blocs, and are also the most anti-Trump religious group. Persuading moderate Jewish Democrats to cross the aisle and vote for the hated Trump is highly unlikely to be successful beyond a ‘handful’ of Never-Sanders voters, Keyak said. Still, enough dissenters could be costly in a swing state like Florida.”

President Trump, if he is anything, is likely the most pro-Israel American president in history. He moved the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He has recognized Israel’s sovereignty of the Golan Heights. He has supported Israel with money and arms, especially in regards to the threat coming from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The spectacle of American Jews, nevertheless, holding their noses and voting for a candidate such as Bernie Sanders, who surrounds himself with anti-Semites and is less than supportive of Israel’s security, might be found by many to be disturbing and perplexing. The phenomenon may speak much of the attachment that many American Jews have to the Democratic Party as well for the power of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

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  1. For some strange reason, I have a hard time believing the Bern practices his faith. Call me cynical, but things he’s said and done, now and 5 years ago during therun for the 2016 Democrat Nomination, just leaves me full of doubt about his Judaism. Most of my friends and aquaintences that are practicing Jews, tend to be moderates with a lean to either the Right or Left. They don’t take the huge step to the Left that the Bern has. His criticism of AIPAC, his seeming embracement of BDS, and other support and condemnation are not supportive of Israel or Judaism in general. If I compare him to a Christian, I’d be more inclined to believe he’s apostate. The fact that he has 3/4ths of the Skank Squad, two of whom are very Antisemetic, and that Sarsour is on board, a violent Antisemetic, should give anyone leaning towards the Bern, cause for alarm. Add in the nitwit AOC, and I’m pretty positive ol’ Bernie has already lost any chance at 2020. An even bigger question should be “Will he survive the race or even his first year?” Doubtful, I spent too many years in Heallth Care, specifically Cardiology, to believe his health is as good as his handlers are trying to paint it.
    Anyway I look at it, I don’t think he’ll be on the ballot come November of 2020.

  2. All these Democrat politicians will say anything you want to hear to get in. After that, the power kicks in and everything they ran on turns to mush. NO ONE as a Democratic contender will ever be able to beat Trump! Here we are again with the Impeachment show, wasting tax paying money on BS. Investigate the investigators!

  3. Hmmm
    “Jewish voters” represent a tiny fraction of the voting public and therefore deserve and therefore should get a equally tiny fraction of the influence over the outcome…..Perhaps that is what Bernie is trying to do; represent all voters, not just tiny special interest groups with big elbows and even bigger wallets…….

  4. Bernie is a bobo. Jews dont like him. Arabs dont like him. Muslims dont like him. Nobody really likes him. Bernie is a bobo. Only the Commys and Socialist Commys like him. That is because he kisses their n a s t y a s s e s. Bernie is a Commy. Dont vote for Bernie, or Warren, or Pete and sure as heck not Pedophile Creepy touchy, feely, sniffy Uncle Joe. Trump 2020 all the way. creepy Uncle needs to be put in a home away from women with good smelling hair and kids that like to play with wet leg hair. What a sick old creepy man.

  5. About time that American Jews woke up and left the Dem Party. Democrat politicians by and large are NOT on their side! Just go to Israel and ask the man on the street over there what they think of our Dems!

    1. I totally agree with you 100 million %. I, being a Jewish woman don’t understand their views. IMO, they are despicable people. Look who they voted for. We had 8 years of taking America down. So much hidden, will the truth ever come out about the legality of the past president? Bless President Trump everyday for all he has done for America, the Jewish people, the black people, the military, the economy.

  6. It’s not just her, Bernie is trying to stab Israel in the back. He wanted to stop all the aid and give it to the Palestinians. The ones that would slit his wrinkled throat. I’m surprised it took them so long to figure that out, and then I don’t really think they fully understand he’ another George Soros . They should count their lucky stars they’re not in Nazi Germany, or Soros and Bernie would have a field day sending them to the gas chambers.

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