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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”„ Aug 2
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”„ Aug 2
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”„ Aug 2
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”„ Aug 2
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”„ Aug 2
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”„ Aug 2
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”„ Aug 2
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”„ Aug 2
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”„ Aug 2
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”„ Aug 2
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
Read Ronā€™s full report for more. /end
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(((Ron Kampeas))) Aug 2
in fairness, the speaker is describing the racism the speaker perceives among those who advocate intersectionality. that may be an unfair take, but the speaker is not attributing it to "darker" people, per se, but to The Squad and those who agree with them.
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ Aug 2
Replying to @kampeas @RashidaTlaib
Thanks for the clarification. But letā€™s be clear: this formulation - both that this person thinks this way (sounding more like a right-winger complaining about affirmative action & reverse racism) & that they are happy to say it out loud to a journalist - is no less appalling.
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(((Ron Kampeas))) Aug 7
also
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Lara FriedmanšŸ”„ Aug 7
Iā€™d encourage everyone to read the linked page - listing 15 Dems the group suggests should be primaried, each for a list of reasons. Including, for 4 of them, Israel-related policies. Read it & decide for yourself if it is exactly the same as the targeting of
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