It seems that some Americans are waking up to the institutional bigotry of the Progressive-Democratic Party, an awakening triggered by the blatant disregard for Party antisemitism that House Progressive-Democrats proudly displayed in their refusal last month to censure Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D, MN) over her anti-Semitic statements. In that instance, Party chose, instead, to pass a heavily diluted resolution “disapproving” of bigotry in “all its forms,” but refusing to name the names of bigots in its own house. Some Americans with Jewish heritage and religion are speaking up with dismay.
Mark Schwartz (D) Deputy Mayor of Teaneck, NJ:
We felt we had a home there [in the Party]. And now we feel like we have to check our passports.
Jordan Manor, a “gay Jewish Israeli-American” of Manhattan:
The party I thought cared about me seems to disregard me when it comes to my Jewish identity.
Mark Dunec, Livingston, NJ, consultant and 2014 Progressive-Democratic candidate for Congress:
I’m physically afraid for myself and for my family. I see my own party contributing to the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States.
A teacher in Queens has rejected Omar’s—and by extension, Pelosi’s—defense that Omar just didn’t know any better.
The fake defense she doesn’t know what she’s saying? I don’t believe it. This is a grown woman and a member of Congress. Trying to excuse this as naivete is inexcusable.
It isn’t just anger, either; many are acting. The Queens teacher has quit Party and now is registered as an Independent. Allison Gangi of Manhattan, too:
The watered-down resolution triggered my decision to walk away from the Democratic Party.
That Teaneck Deputy Mayor?
Our only question now is, do we start voting Republican, or do we become Republicans?
And others, like this one, see the danger explicitly:
I’m homeless. I don’t think I can vote for Trump, even though he’s great for Israel. But as a Jew, I can’t see a way to support the Democratic Party. It’s supporting your own destruction.