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A Fake Jew in the Identity-Politics Age

Posted on | August 25, 2018 | 1 Comment


Julia Salazar is not Jewish. Nor is she a working-class immigrant. Her mother is an Italian Catholic from New Jersey and her father, a native of Colombia, was a commercial pilot who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1982. Julia grew up in a middle-class home in Florida and graduated from Columbia University, an elite Ivy League school where the annual cost of attendance is $80,826 including room and board.

All of this information, available from public records, was discovered by Tablet magazine for a fascinating story about how Julia Salazar invented a fictional identity as a working-class Jewish immigrant in order to run for a state senate seat in New York, as a progressive Democrat.

Perhaps the weirdest revelation in the story is that, when she first got to Columbia University, Salazar identified as a conservative pro-life Christian. At some point midway through Obama’s second term, however, she became obsessed with Israel and began creating her fictional identity, as a left-wing Jew supporting anti-Israel politics.

The second-weirdest revelation is that, despite widespread attention to her campaign in the liberal media — she’s supported by the Democratic Socialists of America and, at 27, is viewed as a progressive “rising star,” a la Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez — it seems that no reporter previously bothered to check the facts of her biography. The headline on a profile feature last month in the Forward was “Julia Salazar Says Jewish Roots Helped Inspire Her Political Activism,” but it turns out those roots are entirely fictional, like “Haven Monahan,” the non-existent frat-boy rapist invented by Jackie Coakley at the University of Virginia.

When President Trump criticizes the “fake news” media, liberals claim that this represents a threat to freedom of the press. However, then the press fails to do its job — as the case of Julia Salazar illustrates — they are their own worst enemies. In an era where the Democrat Party has devoted itself to identity-politics victimhood narratives, how many more fake candidates with phony biographies will the media sell us?

(Hat tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)



One Response to “A Fake Jew in the Identity-Politics Age”

  1. Fake Jew Update: SJW Julia Salazar Accuses Truth-Tellers of Racism : The Other McCain
    August 27th, 2018 @ 9:40 am

    […] case you missed it over the weekend, a Democrat state senate candidate in New York, Julia Salazar, was caught faking her identity as an immigrant Jew (her mother is an Italian Catholic from New Jersey, and her father became a naturalized U.S. […]