Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) wants to know where New York Republican Elise Stefanik “get off lecturing anybody about antisemitism” given her support for Donald Trump.
“Where does Elise Stefanik get off of lecturing anybody about antisemitism when she’s the hugest supporter of Donald Trump who traffics in antisemitism all the time?” Raskin, who is Jewish, asked during an interview with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi.
“She didn’t utter a peep of protest when he had Kanye West and Nick Fuentes over for dinner. Nick Fuentes, who doubts whether October 7th even took place because he thinks it was some kind of suspicious propaganda move by the Israelis,” he continued. “And the Republican Party is filled with people who are entangled with antisemitism like that. And yet somehow she gets on her high horse and lectures a Jewish college president from MIT.”
The response of presidents of the University of Pennsylvania, MIT and Harvard to Stefanik’s question about how they would respond to calls for the genocide of Jews during a hearing last week on antisemitism, went viral.
University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill resigned as a result of the backlash.
Asked about Magill’s resignation and a possible punishment the other two college presidents could face, Raskin said “as a parent….. I want to know if somebody is actually calling for the genocide of the Jews or anybody else on campus, that we’ve got a college president who will say quickly get campus police over there, that person could be a danger to other people around them.”
He continued: “Especially in the age of the AR-15, when we’ve had, you know, genocidal-style language being used, but also massacres taking place like at the Tree of Life synagogue, in Pittsburgh, or at the Buffalo supermarket. Those are right-wing antisemites who talk about the great replacement theory. We had a guy at Cornell, who was making death threats towards Jews, and we had three Palestinian college kids who were shot in Burlington, Vt., of all places.”
“With lax Republican gun laws across the country, we’ve got to take very seriously anybody who’s making any kind of violent threats, especially genocidal threats,” he added.