I have written many times about the normalization of anti-Semitism on the Left and specifically about the recent anti-Semitic statements from Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and the disgusting excuses for her being pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and leading Democratic presidential candidates. This post is not intended to relitigate those issues but to reach out to Jewish Democrats who agree that Omar’s statements were anti-Semitic and who have been frustrated and hurt by the response of party leaders.
I want you to know that it’s ultimately up to you to take a stand against the festering anti-Semitism in your own ranks. I can write, and likely will write, plenty of articles about the growing anti-Semitism problem within the Democratic Party. But I recognize that, given that I’m a conservative, much of what I write will be dismissed as coming in bad faith. Any change that’s going to happen is going to have to happen from within.
I say this as somebody who is no stranger from feeling alienated from a political party. In 2016, faced with the rise of Donald Trump, I publicly de-registered from the Republican Party, and not just in vague terms. I actually went on Fox News during prime time and specifically said, “The Republican Party has chosen to embrace Donald Trump. That’s their prerogative. But this is where I get off the boat. … I think that he’s exploited and inflamed bigotry and sexism. That’s not the type of conservative message I abide by, which is about limited government, returning power to the states, and focusing on the Constitution.”