Great news in PEU PR: Endorsing anti-Israel, pro-Mugabe House candidate in New York

posted at 1:46 pm on June 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Is it possible for public-employee unions to get any less popular in the US than they are in the wake of the failed recall election in Wisconsin?  Apparently, they’re willing to try:

Powerful public workers’ unions are throwing their weight — in public and behind the scenes — behind a Brooklyn Congressional candidate who has allied himself with despots like Muammar Qaddafi and Robert Mugabe, while calling Israel “the biggest terrorist in the world.”

The candidate, New York City Councilman Charles Barron, has made occasional appearances on the national stage — primarily Fox News — for his explosive statements about white people (he’d like to slap one, “for my mental health”), Jews (Black people are the real “Semites”) and foreign policy. But Barron, a self-described “revolutionary Pan-Africanist” who donned a red Nehru jacket with gold braid to receive the brutal Zimbabwean dictator at City Hall in 2002, has also been a steadfast ally of New York civil servants, many of them African-American and living in his East New York and Brownsville district.

Two major city public worker unions, District Councils 37 and 1707 of the giant American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, have already endorsed Barron against Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, a relatively moderate legislator who has championed charter schools, a union bugaboo.

And BuzzFeed has learned that their powerful federal parent union, known as AFSCME, is planning to dive into the race on Barron’s behalf. Another key New York State public workers union, the Civil Service Employees Association, meanwhile, blocked an AFL-CIO effort to endorse Barron’s rival.

I’ve been reading quite a bit about Barron lately, and not much of it good. If you want a taste of Barron’s apologetics for murderous dictators, here he is in 2008 defending Robert Mugabe, claiming that the only reason people oppose him is because he expropriated land from white farmers:

If you want a taste of why people really think Mugabe is a brutal dictator, feel free to peruse our archives.  Meanwhile, Jeff Dunetz has much more on, well, all of the rest of Barron’s thoughtful and sensitive take on people and policy:

“I am tired every time you criticize Israel, you are anti-Semitic. Well technically my pastor taught me about the Semitic people, the Semites are black.”

“Out there, they don’t know that Qaddafi was our brother. … People say ‘Didn’t he kill all those people?’ I say, ‘I don’t know anything. The man was a freedom fighter,” Councilman Barron said exemplifying the pro-Qaddafi sentiment expressed at the event.”

“[Gaza] is a concentration camp and you’re deliberately causing the death of people and you cannot continue to justify that by saying that you’re trying to secure Israel or you’re fighting against terrorism.”

Mr. Barron said that, comparing the American regime to the Cubans’, “There is no question in my mind that Castro is a better leader than Bush.

“If you want to look at morality and humanity,” the councilman said, “Castro has exported medical equipment and medical services and engineers and architects. … Every time you hear of Castro exporting something, it’s humanitarian aid. When America exports something, it’s killing and war machines and bombs and troops.”

In 1982, when Barron was head of the Black United Front’s Harlem Chapter, he and Preston Wilcox from the Institute of African Research led more than a dozen fellow protesters in attempting to “forcibly remove” a white employee, historian Robert Morris, from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where Morris worked as chief archivist (they believed the position should have been held by an African America).

Do America’s public-sector unions really want to hitch their star to Barron’s wagon?  Is their opposition to school choice so adamant that they’re willing to embrace such an extremist over another Democrat who’s likely to support 100% of the rest of their agenda?  It seems they are.

Pass the popcorn.  If they do manage to get Barron elected, he’s going to give us plenty of headlines to feature over the next two years.


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Powerful public workers’ unions are throwing their weight — in public and behind the scenes — behind a Brooklyn Congressional candidate who has allied himself with despots like Muammar Qaddafi and Robert Mugabe, while calling Israel “the biggest terrorist in the world.”

Natural alliance!

Jones, the Nutroots and Warren are another one.

Buy more stocks, real and financial, in popcorn, toilet paper, diapers, Depends, Kleenex, alcohol and snacks.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Thank you democrats.

tom daschle concerned on June 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Please put him in front of a camera and place a microphone in front of him daily.

tom daschle concerned on June 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

They are NOT “public” unions. They are the antithesis to the public, which sustains them.

They are “gov’t unions” as Monica Crowley suggested, for good reasons. They all s/b forbidden as they are in direct conflict with the public whom they’re supposed to serve.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Good job, guys. Keep diggin’ that hole deeper.

Who’s next?

Maybe Akmed Imadinnerjacket could seek US citizenship, move to NYC, get elected to Congress – which obviously now just requires a pulse and a “D” next to your name – and become the head of another Democratic Bat$h!t Crazy Caucus?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

He sounds like the preferred product of urban public education. Sounds like he sat at the front and got A’s.

RBMN on June 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Blacks vote for blacks regardless of their policies/character etc. If Satan himself was black he would win an election in a majority black district.

It’s pretty much the ultimate form of racism.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Maybe we’ll finally get a straight answer on whether an openly biggoted Democrat is ok with their party base.

Meric1837 on June 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Perfect man to be endorsed by Public (Government) Employee Unions.

What could possibly go wrong? : )

listens2glenn on June 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Rev. Wright has a New York church, eh?

pat on June 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Obama is going to have some tough choices to make. Which vote does he court,….black supremacy victimhood or American Jewish?

a capella on June 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Own it, Left. The anti-Semitic racists are in your party.

rbj on June 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

“If they do manage to get Barron elected, he’s going to give us plenty of headlines to feature over the next two years.”

…and that would be a GOOD THING. The more real Americans understand the violent extremism of the d-cRAT socialists, the better. barron will be a symbol for all American Jews (who still support OBOZO – the most anti-Semitic politician since the Third Reich – by nearly 70%) to help them see what the d-cRAT socialist party really thinks of them. Hopefully, all this will wake-up a lot of dolts who need to realize the evil of the d-cRAT socialists and that they must be stopped and removed from power in our country.

TeaPartyNation on June 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Back in the Jim Crow years Democrats practiced racism and hate because it helped their party’s power.

Today the Democrat strategy has not changed, just their tactics. Democrats still practice racism and stoke the fires of hate. While the 1950′s Democrat only practiced racism oppressing non-whites, today’s Democrat has America divided up into different racial areas with each area controlled by a Democrat who inflames that area’s people with hate and racism of others. Every major racist group of today is Democrat. La Raza and New Black Panthers just being the examples.

Anti-white racism is not only condoned throughout the Democrat Party power structure (including the Democrat media) but encouraged because that hate and racism helps the party maintain power.

With Democrats hate and racism are not just acceptable but necessary, as long as that hate and racism helps the party maintain power.

If you look at how Democrats segregate a city by race, check out these maps: http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkingsf/sets/72157624812674967/detail/

GardenGnome on June 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

One more state that Obama will fly over.
Too busy, I hear…

Electrongod on June 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

That sure was a powerful write up of the giant unions and their powerful powerfulness of giant power…!

Seven Percent Solution on June 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Barron also recently said that ‘the Jews are 20% of the population and they walk down the streets like they own them’. He was referring to the district where he lives, apparently.

I think all of the people who are citizens or legal immigrants, particularly the tax payers, of any given district, municipality, county, or state, DO own the streets, regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual preference.Their tax dollars paid for those streets and services that allow any municipality to exist and function.

I’m having difficulty with the notion that some people who belong to specific special interest groups are somehow more equal than everyone else, or any other group for that matter. The suggestion that there exists a differential in equality appears to be exactly the idea that Barron seems to be promulgating. He appears to be directly and overtly endorsing a territorial class system for his district based upon, among other things, religion.

I sincerely hope that the Democratic party is capable of producing a better potential politician than the likes of Barron.

thatsafactjack on June 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Barron is a racist, pure and simple – former Black Panthers typically are.

He ran for Governor in 2010 on an independent line. Why? Because Andrew Cuomo didn’t pick a black person as his running mate.

This guy is unhinged.

Red Cloud on June 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Blacks vote for blacks regardless of their policies/character etc. If Satan himself was black he would win an election in a majority black district.

It’s pretty much the ultimate form of racism.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

It is racist to point out actual racism. Shame, sir…shame.

SKYFOX on June 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Me think there will gobs more like this slug running for any and all offices in the future? soros wants the states ag’s and I might bet soros/union thugs will find slugs like this to run?

The only thing that can stop this, IT IS THE VOTERS IN THE STATES to stop worms like this?
L

letget on June 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

OT, or maybe not, 25 years ago President Reagan’s speech at the Brandenburg gate.

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I’m “visiting” the great state of New York, (for the first time in my life), as a guest of a close (and unfortunately, liberal) relative……..so I will decline to comment on this……until the plane lifts off the ground.

Rovin on June 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Pass the popcorn. If they do manage to get Barron elected, he’s going to give us plenty of headlines to feature over the next two years.

Lucky for you, Ed.

The rest of us… not so much.

trigon on June 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

If they do manage to get Barron elected, he’s going to give us plenty of headlines to feature over the next two years.

Two years? If this guy gets elected, he’ll be around for at least 10 years – until the next round of redistricting.

sadarj on June 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM

He ran for Governor in 2010 on an independent line. Why? Because Andrew Cuomo didn’t pick a black person as his running mate.

Yeah, because having David Paterson on the ballot as Lt. Governor under Eliot Spitzer 4 years earlier worked out SO well for the state of New York.

teke184 on June 12, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Great news in PEU PR: Endorsing anti-Israel, pro-Mugabe House candidate in New York

So, what’s your point? It’s New York City. They would elected Satan Himself just to prove how tolerant, unbiased and enlightened they are. At least here in California we only elect fruitcakes, lunatics and imbeciles.

SWalker on June 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Sadly, a lot of black people will vote for anyone who is black, no matter what their agenda is, and no matter what they represent. That is a purely racist attitude. Obamao is a perfect example of that. Does Brooklyn have a lot of people like that? Used to be Dodger country.

ultracon on June 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Please put him in front of a camera and place a microphone in front of him daily.

tom daschle concerned on June 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

+1 I’ve been going through Congressional moonbat withdrawal ever since Cynthia McKinney left. And while the likes of Alan Grayson, Anthony “Tweet My” Weiner, and their ilk were good for raising the blood pressure, there’s nothing quite like a raving left-wing lunatic conspiracy theorist brightening up my television screen.

JimLennon on June 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Does Brooklyn have a lot of people like that? Used to be Dodger country.

ultracon on June 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

The part of Brooklyn this guy would represent is Bed-Stuy, home of the Marcy projects.

I think the makeup of that area is similar to Maxine Watters’ district in Compton, CA.

teke184 on June 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

SWalker on June 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM At least here in California we only elect fruitcakes, lunatics and imbeciles.

x 10

Rovin on June 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Most of Barron’s statements are classic democrat talking points, and they certainly reflect the beliefs of democrat party leadership and especially obama. Barron would be great as the head of the DNC.

Pork-Chop on June 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

LMAO – A racist, socialist moron with fantasies of violence against those of a different skin color.

Keep shrinking that “sympathetic” contingency ya laughable group of goons – Death by a thousand cuts.

Tim_CA on June 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Left NY and never looked back, when the money runs out, as it will soon, then watch the fireworks start. But at least NYers are all safe from 64oz drink cups, and salt. NY Democratic party politicians are corrupt,lying, scumbag thieves, who consider their constituents morons to be lied to and used. The people who vote for these guys deserve what they get. Elections have consequences. I was so glad when I passed over the border for the last time as a NYer. Born in NY, raised in NY, left NY because of the politicians money grubbing policies. The entitlement people have voted for their own financial destruction in the perpetual sewer they call NY.

stormridercx4 on June 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The same people who held up signs comparing Walker to Qaddafi are really going to endorse this guy? Who can take them seriously. I would be so embarrassed if he were to become my representative.

sammypants on June 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Since when did it become a requirement for a citizen of the United States to have an obligation to Israel? This has gotten ridiculous. This is just the neo-con’s way to use its version of the racist card.

Dante on June 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Every time you hear of Castro exporting something, it’s humanitarian aid. When America exports something, it’s killing and war machines and bombs and troops.”

Um…….Angola?

iurockhead on June 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

But, but, but I thought only Republicans were racist bigots???

That’s what Democrats and the MSM have been telling me for years. What’s the deal?

/

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 2:49 PM

“[Gaza] is a concentration camp and you’re deliberately causing the death of people and you cannot continue to justify that by saying that you’re trying to secure Israel or you’re fighting against terrorism.”

Is he related to Paul Pot, who said something similar?

“It’s our money and our weapons. But I think we encouraged it. Certainly, the president has said nothing to diminish it; matter of fact, he justifies it on moral grounds — ‘Oh, they have a right to do this!’ — without ever mentioning the tragedy of Gaza! You know, the real problems are there. To me, I look at it like a concentration camp, and, people are making homemade bombs, and [it's] like, they’re the aggressors?”
- Ron Paul, interviewed by Press TV*, 01.05.09

If you’d like to see some photos of the Gaza concentration camps, here (scroll down):

Ron Paul: All Aboard! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Haaaa! Mental Wounds Still Screaming! Driving Me Insane I’m Going Off The Rails On My Crazy Train! (And I Want To Take You Along For The Ride)

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Great news in PEU PR: Endorsing anti-Israel, pro-Mugabe House candidate in New York

It’s a good match for the anti-Israel, pro-Odinga Precedent and most of his administration. The dems are all in sync.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

…and they call themselves Americans?

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Since when did it become a requirement for a citizen of the United States to have an obligation to Israel?

It’s obviously not a requirement but Israel has been our strongest ally in the mideast and this just expresses where the dems are going and what their position is. If someone is anti-Israel that’s fine. I think it indicates a serious problem in understanding the middle east, but they are entitled to that position.

This has gotten ridiculous. This is just the neo-con’s way to use its version of the racist card.

Dante on June 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

No. Israel is an important issue to many. It doesn’t have to be to you, but to many others it is – for various reasons, not least of which is that Israel is the only representative of Western civilization in the middle east. If dems want to be understood to be anti-Israel then there’s nothing wrong with that. Obviously, they are. This is just one more bit of proof of that fact, not that anyone with a brain shouldn’t have known this already.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Dante on June 12, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Besides, the pro-Mugabe part is much worse for those who know who Mugabe is (which might not be all that many Americans). That’s just … insane.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2012 at 3:28 PM

“Out there, they don’t know that Qaddafi was our brother. … People say ‘Didn’t he kill all those people?’ I say, ‘I don’t know anything. The man was a freedom fighter,” Councilman Barron said exemplifying the pro-Qaddafi sentiment expressed at the event.”

Yeah, I don’t think you’ll find too much disagreement here.

RINO in Name Only on June 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

o/t, but pretty stunning…

A new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that Mitt Romney would get 20 percent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared with 76 percent for Obama.

Obama received 95 percent of the support from African-Americans in North Carolina in the 2008 election, compared with just 5 percent for Republican nominee John McCain.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/barack-obama-african-american-vote-black-north-carolina-2012-6#ixzz1xbm1fncx

Of course, Romney is never going to win the African-American vote, but because the white middle class vote is likely to go to Romney in even greater numbers than it did for McCain, Obama needs to make up the numbers with even greater turnout in the black community and among young voters (as an aside, voters under 25 in Wisconsin, flocked to Scott Walker). That’s going to be hard to do with his record.

If Romney gets even 10% of the black vote and turnout is lower for both blacks and young voters, November is going to be an absolute bloodbath for Obama. There is no other way the math adds up.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

No. Israel is an important issue to many. It doesn’t have to be to you, but to many others it is – for various reasons, not least of which is that Israel is the only representative of Western civilization in the middle east. If dems want to be understood to be anti-Israel then there’s nothing wrong with that. Obviously, they are. This is just one more bit of proof of that fact, not that anyone with a brain shouldn’t have known this already.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Not no, but yes. And thank you for supporting my point.

Dante on June 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

A new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that Mitt Romney would get 20 percent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared with 76 percent for Obama.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Don’t worry. They will be back to the plantation in no time. Plus, many of them won’t even need to actually go to the polls to cast a vote (or three) for Obama.

Also, there is an another interesting factor at play. When pollsters call me – happened a few times – I always answer that I am an African American and registered Democrat, and love Obama about as much as genital herpes. Why not give Axelturd an extra headache?

Archivarix on June 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Not no, but yes. And thank you for supporting my point.

Dante on June 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

No problem. I’m a very strong Israel supporter but I don’t like how a lot of that debate has been shut down. As to Barron’s description, I was looking for the “anti-American” part, myself. It all seemed a bit hollow without it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Finally we have someone to take over the Cynthia McKinney position since Alan Grayson was retired.

aunursa on June 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Pleas, please, please elect this man under the banner of the Democrat party! That way people can see what they are really all about.

LCT688 on June 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Ummmm…ahhhhh…ummmm…Nope. I got nothin’.

timberline on June 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

A new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that Mitt Romney would get 20 percent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared with 76 percent for Obama.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I would probably block that to a more reliable 30%. There has been a a solid Conservative base in the community, but tend remain under reported.

Feelings on Romney, African American community has fared pretty badly with the economy, and with the taxpayers amongst us, we vote like other Americans…with our checkbooks.

BlaxPac on June 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

A new poll out today from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows that Mitt Romney would get 20 percent of the African-American vote if the election were held today, compared with 76 percent for Obama.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I would probably block that to a more reliable 30%. There has been a a solid Conservative base in the community, but tend remain under reported.

Feelings on Romney, African American community has fared pretty badly with the economy, and with the taxpayers amongst us, we vote like other Americans…with our checkbooks.

BlaxPac on June 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

If anyone is going to lie in telephone polls, or election day exit polls, it will be the black community. That’s because the way that democratics deal with blacks that leave their plantation is particularly odious.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

This guy is nuts, but there’s no question that the right lionizes their share of mass murderers from Andrew Jackson to Henry Kissinger. Its merely a matter of perspective.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

This guy is nuts, but there’s no question that the right lionizes their share of mass murderers from Andrew Jackson to Henry Kissinger. Its merely a matter of perspective.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Little libtard troll, Jackson’s worst deeds don’t even come close to the horrors of Stalin or Mao. A week’s worth of Kissinger in his prime can’t compare to what the Stasi or the Gestapo did in a single DAY when their masters ruled their respective nations.

And you lefties worship Socialism/Communism more faithfully than some right-wingers worship the Christian God. Own THAT.

MelonCollie on June 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

This guy is nuts, but there’s no question that the right lionizes their share of mass murderers from Andrew Jackson to Henry Kissinger. Its merely a matter of perspective.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Andrew Jackson was a Democrat and a Populist.

I don’t know of too many people outside of Establishment circles where R & D are irrelevant that lionise Kissinger. Of course, Kissinger didn’t get the US into Vietnam, did he? Spit out the lionised one’s name and it wasn’t LBJ either.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

This guy is nuts, but there’s no question that the right lionizes their share of mass murderers from Andrew Jackson to Henry Kissinger. Its merely a matter of perspective.

libfreeordie on June 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You pick a president who died over 150 years ago and the architect of detente as your examples?

Although Kissinger did win a Nobel Peace Prize, which probably means he was a horrible person.

Quantus on June 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

If they do manage to get Barron elected, he’s going to give us plenty of headlines to feature over the next two thirty years. [Fixed, unfortunately.]

Gene Hunt on June 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

GOP ad:
Charles Barron…the party of Obama.

macnorfin on June 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

So we have a pretender to the nonexistent throne of QGKa-Daffy, “King O’Kings of Africa:”

…Barron, a self-described “revolutionary Pan-Africanist” who donned a red Nehru jacket with gold braid to receive the brutal Zimbabwean dictator at City Hall in 2002…

I hope Barron von Baron remembered his NSDAP armband!

P.S. What’s “Sieg heil” in Swahili?

Olo_Burrows on June 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM