On Tuesday, New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who is Jewish, condemned New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for associating with anti-Semitic Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour. Last Thursday, Sarsour introduced Gillibrand at a “#CancelKavanaugh” rally.
Hikind was furious. He started by quoting Sarsour’s notorious tweets in which she wrote, “Brigitte Gabriel=Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s asking 4 an a$$ whippin.’ I wish I could take their vaginas away — they don’t deserve to be women,” “Nothing is creepier than Zionism,” “Underwear bomber was the CIA all along,” and “Children being encouraged to throw stones — the definition of courage.”
Hikind continued, “These are the words and the tweets of Linda Sarsour, who more recently said that she was honored and privileged to be on stage with Rasmea Odeh, Rasmea Odeh was convicted in the murder of two students who were murdered in Jerusalem in a store shopping for the Sabbath. Linda Sarsour was ‘privileged’ to be with Ms. Odeh. How is it possible that my senator, Senator Gillibrand, associates with Linda Sarsour?”
Hikind then spoke of the elephant in the room: “Senator Gillibrand, it is not a secret that your aspirations — that you are interested in running for the presidency … Senator Gillibrand, I know you. I know you stand for the principles that make America great. I know that you are a person who does not accept any kind of racism and anti-Semitism. But Senator, you cannot sell out the principles that you have always lived by simply because you want to be president and you have to appeal to people on the extreme Left. When it comes to racism and anti-Semitism, there is no compromising.”
Hikind concluded: “And a note to the media, which plays such a crucial role in our democratic process: When the media does not do its job of taking to task those who are racists and anti-Semites, we help create a new generation of anti-Semites and racists. On the Right. On the Left. It doesn’t matter: a racist and anti-Semite needs to be ostracized, condemned. Period.”