Opinion: Democrat priorities shouldn't favor anti-Semitism
The first legislative package that the Senate has been slated to take up in the 116th Congress contains pieces of a bill, authored by Senator Marco Rubio called the “Combating BDS Act of 2019.” The act targets the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement that is widely regarded as anti-Semitic.
However, a combination of Senators, led by Bernie Sanders of Vermont, are attempting to use the government shutdown to derail this legislation. Sanders asked in a tweet for Democrats to “get our priorities right.”
As a frame of reference, over half of the country’s state governments have passed legislation targeted at condemning the BDS movement in some way, shape or form.
The Rubio bill would support those efforts across our country, further reaffirming our country’s commitment to combatting anti-Semitism and supporting Israel.
Bernie Sanders thinks that this view does not align with Democrat priorities?
Sadly, he’s not the only one. Newly elected Democrat representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said supporters of anti-BDS legislation “forgot what country they represent.” This “dual loyalty” smear is one of the oldest, nastiest anti-Semitic attacks in the book.
Here’s the bottom line: I do wonder, for example, how the Jewish constituents of Chuck Schumer in New York or of Nancy Pelosi in California feel about the direction that the Democratic Party is taking.
Honestly, it is disgusting to me that this is not the first time I’ve had to say this on air: anti-Semitism has no place in our country. Period.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.