With all the allegations of racism making headlines, the big media seemed to have missed one, particularly right before Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The reelection campaign of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, tweeted out support for a Chicago Sun Times column that compared African Americans who vote Republican with Jews who collaborated with the Nazis during the Holocaust.
The column was published during Passover no less. After protests from the Jewish community, the Quinn campaign deleted the offensive tweets although no formal apology has been issued. Said one Jewish community leader, “Coming during Passover just a few days after the [anti-Semitic] shootings in Kansas, this kind of rhetoric was beyond outrageous.”
Businessman Bruce Rauner, the GOP candidate for governor, is apparently mounting a strong challenge to Quinn and the entrenched Democrat machine in Illinois. In his article, columnist Neil Steinberg claimed that Rauner is trying to buy the support of the black community for his campaign. Wrote Steinberg: “…As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit. It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go….”
In the damage-control mode, the Quinn campaign claimed that “We retweeted a local publication’s news story on Twitter last week before thoroughly reading it and didn’t realize there was an inaccurate and offensive sentence in the story. When it was brought to our attention, we immediately deleted the tweet.”
One Jewish activist wasn’t buying the explanation: “I think a loud and clear message was sent to Democrats like Pat Quinn that there is no place for Holocaust imagery in politics. Pat Quinn is obviously lying about not knowing what was in the article since the campaign quoted it in their tweets, but at least he was forced to throw the liberal columnist under the bus.”
Earlier this month, a Democrat Illinois state rep. apparently referred to a biracial Republican colleague as “a half” during a floor debate at the state capitol.
When it comes to racial matters, the late talk show host Bob Grant contended that finger-pointing liberals are the ultimate hypocrites. Agree or disagree?
[Pat Quinn image credit: Center for Neighborhood Technology]