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HORIST: How long will Jews ignore Democrat anti-Semitism?

HORIST: How long will Jews ignore Democrat anti-Semitism?

The Democratic Party has long benefited from overwhelming Jewish support.  To make sense of it, one must assume that Democratic Party anti-Semitism is not an important issue – not now and not for generations.  There have been various strains of anti-Semitism within Democrat ranks at least since the days of Franklin Roosevelt.

Jews are well represented in the leadership ranks of the Democratic Party.  They serve as mayors, governors and members of Congress.  They run for President of the United States – currently former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.  No Jewish candidate, however, has ever been nominated for President by the Democratic or Republican Parties – a more damning criticism of Democrats since that is were the center of Jewish political power resides.

It is not only a matter of politics.  Jews have done very well in rising to positions of influence and power in business, entertainment, news media and academia.  So, why the tolerance of anti-Semitism within the ranks of their preferred political party?

One explanation for ignoring the anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party is that the Jewish community is overwhelmingly found in major cities ruled over by Democrat political machines.  It is not uncommon for oppressed people to align with their oppressors to survive or prosper. If you want to function or succeed in those environments, you go along to get along.  In some ways, it is similar to the black slave owners in the old Democrat southland who allied with the racist white elite.

Others have conjectured that the level of anti-Semitism found in America is tolerable since it is not near the level found in Nazi Germany and other nations – where Jews were persecuted and subjected to genocidal pogroms.

It is also possible that the influential Jewish elite in the Democratic Party do not see the increasing anti-Semitism that runs through the core of the Party – pure psychological denial.

Despite these explanations advanced by political scientists and sociologists, it still a wonderment – especially with Anti-Semitism on the rise.

What is apparent – and a bit mystifying – is why anti-Semitism is allowed to exist in a political party so dependent on Jewish support.  Democrat leaders seem to be loath to call out anti-Semitism in any meaningful way – even Jewish leaders.

There are always statements of condemnation when a synagogue is vandalized or worshipers are shot, but that is universal.  Jewish outrage is no louder than general outrage.  Even worse, no action is taken.

What is even more alarming is the muted voices of Jewish members of Congress when colleagues promote, endorse and sport anti-Semitic statements and proposals.  Most of the members of the so-called “squad” – Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to name a few – make statements against Israel and Jews in general, there are no consequences.  When they go contrary to U.S. official foreign policy to support the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) Movement against Israel, there are no consequences.

When Congresswoman Ilhan Omar raised the old trope about Jewish money influencing Congress with the “Benjamins,” the House passed only a generic resolution against racism, anti-Semitism and all the other isms.  Omar was not even mentioned in the resolution.  However, Omar was named anti-Semite of the year in 2019 by – beating out Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Anti-Semitism within the black community has gone unchecked for decades.  Despite his spewing the foulest anti-Semitic rhetoric, Farrakhan is often invited to participate in Democrat events.  Former Congressman Keith Ellison was a full-time disciple of Farrakhan.

President Obama’s pastor — Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church in Chicago –often sermonized against Jews and maintained a friendship with Farrakhan.  In Chicago, a number of black Democrat leaders visited and supported the old Kaddafi regime in Libya.  Still no condemnation from the Democratic Party.

Over many years, animosity between blacks and Jews has led to tragic confrontations in such Democrat-run cities as New York and Chicago without effective intervention by the leaders of the political machines.

Animosity between Jews and blacks is not new – and it is a two-way street.  One Jewish business leader in Chicago said he supports the Democrat machine because Mayor Daley the Second was driving blacks out of the city – or as he put it, “reclaiming the city.”  I have a friend who had a similar conversation in Florida.  In explaining his support to Democrats despite having otherwise conservative views, the Jewish gentleman rhetorically inquired, “Do you know how many blacks there would be if it were not for abortions?”

During a heated moment at the 1968 Democrat National Convention, a red-faced Chicago Mayor Richard Daley the First yelled at Connecticut Senator Abraham Ribicoff, who was critical of the City handling of the riots outside the convention.  Professional lip readers translated Daley’s words as, “F*** you, you Jew son of a bitch, you lousy motherf**ker go home.

Despite the rampant racial animosity between tow of the democrats’ core constituencies, the leadership does nothing to resolve it.  Maybe because it would offend both groups.

This history is important because anti-Semitism and racism are social dynamics — and anti-Semitism is on the rise again in America – including in Congress.  It is undermining America’s critical friendship with the only democracy in the Middle East.

By turning a blind eye to the existence of anti-Semitism within its ranks, the Democratic Party tolerates it much like it tolerates its own racism that has blacks segregated and impoverished in our inner cities.  You would think that such influential Jewish Democrats as Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Adam Schiff, Sidney Blumenthal, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – and so many more – would take greater interest in the anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party.  It seems like one of those situations where they get theirs, so to Hell with everyone else.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Tom Oakley

    Israel is are ally,England is the enemy.

  2. Kurt Walker

    This is beyond my comprehension. What is this “fight” all about?? I know little of the Jewish faith in fact about all I know is the attempted destruction of ALL Jews by Hitler. And I don’t even know why that was. What I DO know is I have two Jewish neighbors who are no different from everybody else in the neighborhood. They help neighbors who may need help, they maintain their homes, cut their grass, come to the cook outs and have a good relationship with everyone else. One of the families has a swimming pool and allow neighborhood kids to come and swim. I don’t know their political preference because we don’t discuss politics in our little community. But I know they are good people and I don’t understand why the democrat party, as a whole, allow politicians like Omar to spout the crap she does.

    • Larry Horist

      I concur with your assessment of the Jewish community, Not long ago, I wrote that I am a pro-Semite. I have long had dear friends that are Jewish. They are great contributors to our society … but I cannot understand their loyalty to Democrats. The left will find some right wing anti-Semite in the weeds and make a big deal out of it — and ignore the rise to power of anti-Semites in the upper ranks of the Democratic Party.

  3. catherine

    Stupidity? The Jews are NOT stupid! I have NO idea why. It is mind boggling.

  4. Lyudmila Loeva

    Jewish congressmen democrats, will ignore anti-Semitism for as much time as the top anti-Semitic democrats in Congress will demand from them, which means – how much money they will receive from this very anti-Semitic elite of the democratic party, for this “ignoring”.

  5. DAV

    We all know that the DEMONocrat party is the fiscal party. To them, it is ALL about money. Many Jews love money, even if it is corrupt. They want to be where the money is and that’s where they pledge allegiance.

    • Big Red

      Glad to see just one idiotic comment from the readers of this very dicey article. The roots of anti-semitism come from people like you who make ignorant generalizations based on double-standards. I’ve been on this earth for quite a while and don’t recall meeting many people who don’t like money. And I certainly can’t name a politician that doesn’t like money. If you find a good deal on something and buy it, you’re smart. But if a Jew looks for a bargain it’s because their cheap. You’re wealth is commendable success. But the same wealth of a Jew means they’re greedy. Jews are so successful because, just like Asians, their culture stresses the value of education from the time they are small children. Our society rewards success with money. But do a little research and find out which group, religious or ethnic, contributes more to charitable organizations than any other. The answer might surprise you because it doesn’t fit your image of the greedy, money-loving Jew.

  6. Ben

    The REAL reason for anti-Semitism and the REAL reason so many Jews In Name Alone are willing to ignore it (except when it suits their political purposes) is simple: Jews represent acceptance of G-D’s laws. And it is those laws which many hate: G-D wants us to cherish life and punish the murderer; yet the Democrats are against capital punishment and favor abortion. G-D wants us to defend ourselves including using lethal force when necessary; yet the Democrats want to disarm the law-abiding while allowing criminals to go free (New York’s recent no bail required law is a perfect example). Above all, G-D wants us to love and cherish each other; yet the Democrats spread hatred of all who dare oppose them. The list is seemingly endless.