Criticism of House Democrats’ limp-wristed anti-hate resolution continues to pour in from the most unexpected of places, including from even the mouth of Fox News’ most notorious left-winger.
“I believe the resolution the Democrats ultimately issued reminded me of a beauty pageant contestant when she goes up there doing her interview, and she says, ‘I want world peace.’ You know, it condemned everything evil and celebrated everything positive,” liberal Fox News talking head Geraldo Rivera declared Friday morning on “Fox & Friends.”
“It meant absolutely nothing,” he added.
He made the remarks a day after the Democrat-led House passed a vague resolution against hate that contained a list of those subjected to hate — including Jews and Muslims, but excluding Christians, whites and Trump supporters — and a list of those accused of hate, including white supremacists, neo-Confederates, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen, but excluding Islamic terrorists and Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
It was Omar’s recent bouts of anti-Semitism that provoked Democrats into passing this limp-wristed bill. While the original purpose had been to call out her anti-Semitism, they wound up watering the bill down to appease the party’s more radical elements.
And in doing so they transformed the resolution into a meaningless gesture, since everybody save for those like Omar and her newfound fanboy, white supremacist David Duke, are already against hate. So what Rivera said was clearly right. The problem is that, as usual, he didn’t stop while ahead.
“For the first time in our history we have two Muslim women in the Congress of the United States — one a Somali-American, the other a Palestinian-American. We cannot reasonably expect that these folks and others from other various backgrounds will toe the same old line that has heretofore been the experience,” he continued in defense of Omar and her equally anti-Semitic peer, Rep. Rashida Tlaib.
“The idea of diversity is to bring ideas from every place, different voices, different points of view, different personal experiences,” he added.
He basically trotted out the left’s own talking points about how Omar doesn’t deserve to be personally condemned for being a raging anti-Semitic bigot who seems to loathe Jews because she’s just a poor, naive Muslim woman. This type of thinking seeks of the soft bigotry of low expectations.
When “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade pushed back by asking whether it was inappropriate for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to put such a blatantly anti-Semitic legislator on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rivera doubled down.
“I will say, and I will state again, you cannot reasonably expect her or Talib to have the same point of view as Jerry Nadler or Chuck Schumer. These are very, very different geopolitical experiences,” he said before diving deep into his own anti-Semitic rant.
“I’ve covered the Middle East since 1972. I am Jewish. I have seen the inequality there. I’ve seen the disquiet there. I have seen how fiercely the Jewish-American population protects Israel from all critics,” he said.
Israel is, in fact, the freest country in all of the Middle East. Note for instance that Jerusalem contains a special sector (known as the Old City) that is divided into four quarters: the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter.
That’s right, Muslims have their own veritable “safe space” in Israel’s capital city. Now find a single Muslim city in the world that contains any space at all for Jews.
“It is a new age,” Rivera continued. “Israel and AIPAC cannot reasonably expect one voice, one point of view any longer. They cannot condemn all criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic. It is a charge like racism. It is too easy to inflict and very difficult to rebut. Everybody just better cool their jets.”
He basically just said that Omar had been right to accuse the Jewish members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee of using money to influence American politics.
The rest of his stunning rant may be heard below:
Rivera was right to slam the Democrats’ resolution but greatly wrong to then posit a defense of Omar and Tlaib’s anti-Semitism. There are no excuses for anti-Semitism, as noted by social media users:
Listening to you on @foxandfriends right now. How can you defend antisemetism by throwing it off on AIPAC? If that is true then we have a right to go after CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood who have NO place in our country or the halls of Congress defending the Muslim Congressmen
— PatriotMom (@catgrey58) March 8, 2019
Heard you on F&F. Criticizing Israel is one thing. Bringing Middle Eastern hatreds into US Congress is not. Omar did more than criticize AiPAC ( which could also be said about other Arab countries) she displayed the bigotry against people which is endemic in the area.
— Pgd01 (@pgd011) March 8, 2019
@foxandfriends @GeraldoRivera hearing GR talk about understanding IO’s words in context 2 her background thereby excusing her anti Semitism is like saying we should understand those who dislike people of color because their background & family history of decades ago accepted it??♂️
— Tunney Vandevender (@DTunneyv1) March 8, 2019
Geraldo you are a condescending Scumbag, when was the last time you prayed in a Synagogue. Don’t flaunt your Judaism, when it us convenient. ANTISEMITISM is not a “point of view” you IDIOT.
— DMZ ?? (@DMZTellurider) March 8, 2019
@GeraldoRivera Wow, now antisemitism is just another point of view? Stunning. It’sno surprise how the Holocaust happened. Democrats have brainwashed Jews in America to defend ANYTHING they say and do.
— Paula Spagnuolo (@PSpagnuolo) March 8, 2019
Eh, I think Ainsley was cringing internally, but has enough poise to refrain from calling out Geraldo’s blatant sexism and anti-Semitism on air in that moment. It was still EXTREMELY CRINGEY to witness.
— Proud Nationalist Flynn???? (@clint4usa) March 8, 2019
The latter tweet referenced the moment during the discussion Friday that Rivera started sucking up to co-host Ainsley Earhardt after she pushed back against his rhetoric.
“You know, Ainsley, you of all people, I think you have the most sincere heart in the whole news media business. I think that you are the essence of purity when is it comes to being judgmental,” he said.
Sometimes being judgmental is a good thing, especially if you’re being judgmental against anti-Semitism.
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