Times of Israel: GOP silence draws calls of ‘hypocrisy’ after lawmaker compares Dems to Nazis

March 28, 2019

“It’s absolutely hypocritical,” said Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America. “Their silence is deafening.”

“Not one Republican or Republican organization, including the Republican Jewish Coalition, has said a word about this,” Soifer told The Times of Israel.

“There is no question in my mind that if these kind of statements — the reading of “Mein Kampf” on the House floor — were made by a Democrat, Republicans would not only be calling for their removal from committees but for their resignations.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition and the Republican National Committee did not respond to a request for comment.

Ron Klein, chair of the JDCA, said that his organization criticized Rep. Omar after she said that Jewish lobby group AIPAC paid politicians to support Israel and that pro-Israel advocates were pushing lawmakers to have an “allegiance” to the Jewish state, an insinuation that critics said amounted to the charge that Jewish Americans have “dual loyalty” to Israel and the United States.

“This is a very egregious statement and use of reference: ‘Mein Kampf’ and Adolf Hitler, this is as bad as it gets,” Klein told The Times of Israel. “When Republicans don’t say anything, it just paints a very clear picture that their response to Ilhan Omar was all apart of a political wedge game.”