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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„
reporting from Detroit on organizational Jewish Demsā€™ views of [if someone was speculating that these were the views, rather than reporting what people said publicly, theyā€™d be accused of antisemitismā€¦] Letā€™s review. 1/
Michiganders grapple with a president that most revile and fears that the Democratic Party appears increasingly driven by its Israel-critical left wing.
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
"At the Jewish federation round table, there was a consensus: The Palestinian-American freshman in the 13th District has got to go.ā€ 2/
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
"'We in this community will go against Rashida Tlaib,' said Lisa Lis, a philanthropist who is also a contributor to Democratic candidates, and who otherwise during the roundtable was vocal in her criticism of President Donald Trump.ā€ 3/
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
"There were nods around the table. I was told that there had already been outreach to Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president whom Tlaib defeated in last yearā€™s primary, and who is considering another runā€¦ā€ 4/
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
"I was also told that pro-Israel folks were already socking away money to target Tlaib.ā€ 5/
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
ā€œ...For many of the folks around the table, Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (the other Israel boycott backer, but who backs Israelā€™s existence as a Jewish state), are the sharp edge of a threat to the party that they otherwise favor: the Democrats.ā€ 6/
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
"The pro-Israel lay leader described the ā€œintersectionalityā€ advanced by ā€œThe Squad,ā€ the quartet of freshman progressive congresswomen composed of Tlaib, Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, as the flip side of Trump.ā€ 7/
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
ā€œ'Post-factual,' the leader called them, saying they like Trump rely on racial identity politics instead of policy.ā€ 8/
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
Thought it couldnā€™t get uglier? It does: "'The weaker one is and the darker one is' determines who is ā€˜in the right,' the lay leader said of The Squad, an 'anti-intellectual' posture that bodes ill for Jews and Israel.ā€ Yes, you read that right: ā€œthe darker one isā€ 9/
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
ā€œ...Tlaib is seen as beatable...The thinking in the room was that the African-American community in the 13th will coalesce around a single candidate ā€” likely Jones ā€” and that candidate would draw pro-Israel support.ā€ 10/
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ 2 Aug 19
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
Read Ronā€™s full report for more. /end
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