Raw Story reported that on Fox News, hosts decided that condemning bigotry is the same as neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The conversation on “Outnumbered” began with a discussion about Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and the decision for Congress to formally condemn anti-Semitism with the passage of a bill. The Republican Congress refused to do so after the Charlottesville rally.
Jake Maccoby, a former speechwriter for Eric Holder, said that as a Jewish person, he disliked being used by the Republican party to make a point.
“I think a lot of the conversations going on right now are just disingenuous,” he said. “You’ve got the same people who stood behind Donald Trump when he said that they were ‘good people on both sides‘ in Charlottesville. These are the same people who turned a blind-eye to Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for ten years. The same people who have been dog whistling to their supporters every time they are up for reelection, saying, ‘How dare you attack my friends, the Jews?’ Frankly, it’s pretty insulting to watch that happen.”
Maccoby said that many don’t understand how such words are perceived.
“I come, as a Jewish person, frankly, would rather make allies and have conversations and be able to help turn down the temperature on this than to sort of have our first reaction be one of rage and anger and frustration,” he continued.
Allie Beth Stuckey, a conservative podcaster, said that not all Republicans supported Trump’s assertion that there were “good people on both sides” of the Charlottesville rally.
“So if you want to take that argument and kind of put it on its head, that’s exactly what Democrats are doing now. They were really against present traversing their refund people on both sides. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is saying, ‘We are not going to include her name in this resolution,’ when this is about her. And ‘Oh, by the way, will include other forms of bigotry.’ That is exactly like President Trump. Shamefully, I believe saying there are fine people on both sides. So if you didn’t like it then, you shouldn't be doing it now.”
Maccoby interrupted to say that there’s a huge difference between Omar and defending neo-Nazis.
Stuckey asked, “Against anti-semites?”
“Hang on a second. And defending neo-Nazis,” Maccoby said.
“What do anti-semites and neo-Nazis have in common?” Fox host Kennedy asked.
“If you are saying that she is the same as neo-Nazis –” Maccoby said.
“I think Jewish people are targets of the rage and neo-Nazis. That’s incredibly unfortunate,” Kennedy said. “I think you should take a much firmer stand against this kind of language.”
Stuckey concurred. Neither she nor Kennedy are Jewish.