There have been questions about how much U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is Jewish, truly supports Israel before, but now those questions have become more searing after he announced he would support notorious Israel-hater Keith Ellison to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
On Monday, roughly two dozen protesters occupied Schumer’s office, furious that Schumer would betray Israel in such a way. Ellison, who was the first Muslim member of Congress, has a record of viciously ripping Israel, including posting a photo of a sign in Hebron declaring Israel to be an apartheid state when he visited the Jewish state last summer; defending openly anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, and urging the Democratic Party to insert pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel pranks into the Democratic Party platform at the DNC last summer.
Joel Mowbray, a consultant to Jewish groups, said, “(H)is vile beliefs… ought to disqualify him outright. If Chuck Schumer actually did his due diligence and is supporting Ellison anyway, that’s shameful.”
CBS2’s Marcia Kramer asked Schumer’s office why he would support Ellison, prompting Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro to bluster, “Democrats have an excellent platform, including one of the strongest pro-Israel platforms. Keith Ellison was instrumental in making that happen and persuading others to support it.”
Schumer’s reputed loyalty to the Jewish state is cynical at best; his loyalty to the Democratic Party supersedes it. When the Iran nuclear deal, which poses a mortal threat to Israel, was announced, Schumer took his time before announcing he would oppose it, making sure that the deal would go through before he went on record opposing it. His cynicism extended to assuring Democratic senators that he would not try to convince them to oppose it.
There are some who believe that I can force my colleagues to vote my way. While I will certainly share my view and try to persuade them that the vote to disapprove is the right one, in my experience with matters of conscience and great consequence like this, each member ultimately comes to their own conclusion.
Schumer’s reputed loyalty to the Jewish state is cynical at best; his loyalty to the Democratic Party supersedes it.
Schumer’s support for Israel is thumbnail-deep compared to his desire to shill for the Democratic Party. His support for Ellison is a chilling reminder of that.