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Eric Cantor Dissembles About Anti-Semitic Attacks

Cantor plays anti-Semitism card with Dems: Any threat you can do I can do better

Eric Cantor is one piece of work.  No sooner do the Teabaggers go ballistic and throw bricks through Democratic Congressmembers’ office windows and shouting ‘Baby Killer’ and other choice racial epithets, than all of a sudden the House’s number 2 Republican tells the world about the anti-Semitic attacks he’s suffered:

“I’ve received threats since I assumed elected office, not only because of my position but also because I am Jewish,” he said in a statement.

An overly credulous Natasha Mozgovaya expands upon this theme in Haaretz quoting this slightly loopy Cantor line:

“I’ve received threats since I assumed elected office not only because of my position but also because I am Jewish. I have never blamed anyone in this body for that – period. Any suggestion that a leader in this body would incite threats or acts against other members is akin to my endangering myself, my wife and my children.”

The real whopper is the alleged shooting threat at his Congressional office that never was:

Cantor said today: “Just recently I have been directly threatened. A bullet was shot through the window of my campaign office in Richmond this week.”

But this is what the Richmond police said about the incident:

The police report said a bullet was fired into the air and struck the window in a downward direction with enough force to break the pane but not penetrate the blinds. Lepley said the bullet landed on the floor about a foot from the window. Cantor occasionally uses the room for meetings, police said.

In other words, this was a random act of urban gun violence that occurs (unfortunately) in every city in America, and not a direct attack on Eric Cantor.  Besides, the same article makes clear that this building is NOT Cantor’s campaign office as he claimed, but that it houses the offices of political allies of his where he occasionally participates in meetings.

So much for those malicious left-wing anti-Semites out to get poor Eric Cantor.  Do I hear disinformation?  Do I hear a Republican covering for his Teabag friends by trying desperately to change the political subject?  If you want to sample what these lunatics are capable of read this story which documents real, as opposed to Cantor’s made-up, threats and outright violence.

This country shouldn’t need reminding of the potential for violence of which its pathological and psychotic are capable.  We’ve had presidents and civil rights leaders assassinated.  Violence is as American as apple pie to quote Malcolm X.  To play political games as Cantor has done is unforgivable.  There is very real danger here, and if Republicans don’t take it damn seriously, then one of their own (or some nitwit fellow traveler) is going to make them live to regret it.

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  • Jeff March 26, 2010, 2:44 AM

    Eric Cantor is the last Jewish Zionist Conservative Republican Capitalist dinosaur hold-out in Washington. What is with that guy? He should take a clue from Arlen Sphincter and change parties.

    Zionism and the Christian Religious Right are dead. Israel – dead! Capitalism – dead! Christianity – dead! Republicans – dead! The rich – dead! (well, except for Soros, Marc Rich, and the like.)

    Long live the Jewish atheist Left! They didn’t lose the Cold War after all!

    Frank, Schumer, Boxer, et al… Emanuel, Axelrod, Soros, and the teleprompter-reader are going to bring Marxism to its rightful place. Jewish Marxist minority rule will be fabulous! The world will be free of Zionism and American hegemony! Free at last!

    This is the final struggle – let us join together and tomorrow – The Internationale, will be the human race!

    I’m joking…

    Are you arrogant Leopold & Loeb wanna-be (with Eric Cantor playing the role of Bobby Franks), Bolshevik throw-backs oblivious to what you are setting in motion? Are you that blind? Are you that drunk with power?

    The Tea Party folks seem to be pretty clueless right now. Some of them think that Obama is a Fascist (Huh?!!!!) Eventually they are bound to figure out what’s going on around here.

    VISUALIZE BACKLASH!!!!

    • Richard Silverstein March 30, 2010, 12:26 AM

      I have no idea what you’re “on” about & I doubt you have a much better idea yourself. Or do you just like the sound of your own voice?

      • Jeff April 5, 2010, 5:22 PM

        Consider this: 2/9 of the seats on the Supreme Court are held by Jews. 2/9 = 22% That’s Ginsburg and Breyer – the two most liberal justices.

        14/100 of current US Senators are Jews. All 14 are Democrats. That’s 14% (duh)

        Jews make up only 2.2% of the US population.

        Are Jews just better than average? Kinda like White Supremacy – but Jewish Supremacy. If so, this over-representation in government is a good thing. I’ve had it beat into me that we’re all equal – mostly by lefty’s. So what is it? Equality or Jewish Supremacy?

        The Senate can’t be explained by chance. If you pick 100 Americans at random, the odds of getting 14 Jews is one in 21.5 million. (Use the binomial distribution function.) If you now randomly assign these 100 randomly selected Americans to D/I & R @ 60/40 split, the odds that all 14 Jews are not R’s is one in 50,000. The combined probability is one in a trillion. That’s pretty impressive.

        There are no Conservative Jewish Supreme Court Justices. There are no Jewish Republican Senators. There is one Jew in the House of Representatives (Eric Cantor) who is not a Democrat and that is why he is despised by the left – hence this story.

        Then there’s Emanuel and Axelrod – the two most powerful folks in the Obama administration.

        The country is going bankrupt and to hell in a hurry. There may be backlash. On the other hand, maybe most Americans will never figure out that something funny is going on around here. I wouldn’t worry if I were you.

        • Richard Silverstein April 5, 2010, 9:39 PM

          I’m going to give this a bye this time, but the next time you come remotely close to writing anything anti Semitic, you’re outa here bud.

        • Shirin April 5, 2010, 10:46 PM

          What an amazing piece of prose. It is at the same time one of the most incoherent comments I have read on any blog, and yet crystal clear in its anti-Semitism. It’s kind of like, I have no idea what you said, but there is absolutely no question that it was a slam at Jews.

  • Bessan March 26, 2010, 5:17 PM

    it’s not like this isn’t a process of hyperbolizing that groups like ADL have used. In lists of ‘hate crimes,’ Jews frequently come out on top; but when details are studied, you notice that every graffitied gate or cross-eyed glance is deemed an expression of antisemitism.

    it’s getting old.

    • Shirin March 28, 2010, 8:31 AM

      Jewish whining notwithstanding, in the last couple of decades, and especially since 2001, the incidence of antisemitism has barely been significant in comparison to the amount of hate speech, and the number of hate crimes and “incidents” against Muslims, Arabs, Middle Easterners, and “Middle Eastern-appearing” people. Of course, it is much, much more difficult to get an anti-Muslim or anti-Arab crime officially classified as a hate crime, even when it obviously is.

      There are some Jews who seem addicted to antisemitism, and appear to become desperate at the possibility that it has decreased to a near-insignificant level. Abe Foxman springs immediately to mind in this regard.