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Isn’t It Time We Discuss the Leading Cause of Antisemitism in America?

Posted on | May 18, 2024 | 2 Comments

If anyone wishes to understand why the United States is experiencing a startling increase in antisemitism, I would direct their attention not to the pro-Hamas protesters on university campuses, but rather to Rep. Jamie Rankin (D-Md.), who is so obnoxious as to make Jehovah Himself declare, “No, sir, you are not chosen.” It is to be recalled that Raskin spent months presiding over the phony J6 “insurrection” hearings, conducted by an illegitimate committee whose membership was handpicked by Nancy Pelosi contrary to the rules of the House.

That is to say, if anyone can be considered an expert on unethical congressional proceedings, it is Jamie Raskin, and this is not incidental to recent events that made headlines. Everybody was in a tizzy this week after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) made a remark about the “fake eyelashes” of Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Tx.). What caused that dust-up? The transcript:

GREENE: I’d like to know if any of the Democrats on this committee are employing Judge Merchan’s daughter.
CROCKETT: Please tell me what that has to do with Merrick Garland.
GREENE: Oh, Goldman. That’s right. He’s advising. Ok.
CROCKETT: Do you know what we’re here for? Do you know we’re here —
GREENE: I think your fake eyelashes are messing up your —

Why would Greene bring that up? The answer has to do with Jamie Raskin, but before I explain that, first we must remember why the House Oversight Committee was meeting Thursday. It was a full-committee markup where they would formalize contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Merrick Garland. The Committee has subpoenaed the Department of Justice to turn over recordings of President Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur, who investigated Biden’s mishandling and improper disclosure of classified materials. Let us not be naive about why the Republicans in charge of the committee want that recording — they believe that audio of the interview will demonstrate the severity of Biden’s cognitive decline. Indeed, one imagines that if the committee got its hands on that recording, excerpts would be featured in GOP campaign ads showing how Biden is lost in a hopeless of fog of confusion, which is why Garland is stonewalling them.

In his opening remarks, Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) cleverly made the point of how important it is to comply with a subpoena:

Not long ago, a Member of this Committee said:
“The lesson is, please tell your children out there in America, if you get a subpoena to go before Congress, if you get a subpoena to go to the court, go. You have a legal responsibility to go.”
That was Ranking Member Raskin in 2022. Now, Ranking Member Raskin has spent this Congress making excuses for why people like Hunter Biden or, now, the Department of Justice don’t have to comply with Congressional subpoenas.

ZING! Welcome to the New Rules, how do you like ’em? Democrats in power are always doing things that they condemn as unfair whenever Republicans in power do the same things. When Raskin was running the “insurrection” show trial, he was willing to put people in jail for refusing to comply with his subpoenas, but now that the GOP is in the majority, suddenly contempt of Congress is no big deal. After Comer finished his opening remarks, then it was Jamie Raskin’s turn:

Ladies and gentlemen, in this special nighttime episode we resume the madcap comedy mystery series called “Comer’s High Crimes and Misadventures: The Hilarious Quest to Impeach a President Who Has Done Nothing Wrong,” an avowedly low-budget but multi-million dollar taxpayer funded production which most Americans assumed had ended two months ago and everyone had completely forgotten about.
But tonight, with the cast and crew fresh back from a surprise trip to New York City itself, it’s clear the show must go on!
Now, our originally scheduled performance was supposed to be at 11:00 am today but it was postponed when members of the Majority chose to join a mass spiritual pilgrimage to the New York criminal trial of a Florida man, an adjudicated fraudster and rapist, as he faces 34 felony counts of falsifying corporate financial records to cover up $130,000 paid in hush money to a porn star sex partner.
Although some people are churlishly complaining that Members of the House should actually be here to vote on public business and should not have forced a last-minute change in the Committee schedule, our colleagues properly demonstrated for all of history their fierce devotion to this clearly reformed, devout, and pious Florida spiritual leader who many supporters are calling the Messiah from Mar-a-Lago.
Of course, in the meantime, Chairman Jordan in the House Judiciary Committee preempted our GOP colleagues on Oversight, rendering this exercise not only absurd, but completely meaningless and redundant. They have already held Attorney General Garland purportedly in contempt.
Now, when we last met on this matter, you’ll recall that the Majority still had not identified a single high crime or misdemeanor that the President had committed.
The Committee’s impressive 3.8 million pages of documents and 80 hours of testimony from 20 witnesses produced nothing but overwhelming and definitive proof that President Biden had nothing wrong. . . .

Really? There is “definitive proof” of Biden’s innocence? But notice how Raskin had to bring up the “Orange Man Bad” theme, pandering to Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers while mocking the proceedings of a congressional committee as a “madcap comedy mystery series.”

Raskin rambled on in this vein for a while before delivering what he certainly considered his pièce de résistance:

Real obstruction happened when two members of this Committee, who may be preparing to vote tonight to hold Attorney General Garland in contempt, brazenly refused to comply with subpoenas from the U.S. House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol, and still have not responded to those subpoenas.
But now, it seems, Mr. Chairman, I just got passed something, that the whole obstruction gimmick may just be a fundraising ploy, which demeans the overwhelming legal integrity and impressive theatrical ambitions of this enterprise. I was just handed a mass fundraising email solicitation for your campaign that you sent out this evening, Mr. Chairman, stating that, “Biden and his advisors are terrified that I will release the recordings, forcing the media and Democrats to answer for the dismal decline of Biden’s mental state. … This could be the final blow to Biden with swing voters across the country. … The Democrats are pulling out all the stops to stop the bleeding. … Signed, James Comer, Chairman, House Oversight Committee.”
No, I must confess my disappointment to be handed this fundraising solicitation, signed by you as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. I thought that you were serious about the legal enterprise here, and not just another political huckster calling hearings to score cheap political points and to make a buck.

Oh, ho, ho! You mean to tell us that Democrats don’t constantly do the exact same thing? Do you, Mr. Raskin, expect us to believe that you never once sent out a fundraising letter mentioning your “insurrection” show trial? Your pretended abhorrence of such fundraising reminds me of a certain Captain Renault, who was shocked — shocked! — to discover there was gambling was going on in Casablanca.

Now, perhaps, you see the point that Marjorie Taylor Greene was trying to make. Raskin and the Democrats were trying to suggest that Comer and his fellow Republicans were engaged in unethical behavior, which prompted Greene to bring up the fact that Loren Merchan, the daughter of Judge Juan Merchan, currently presiding over the Manhattan trial of Trump, is a Democratic campaign consultant. You see, Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.), a member of the Oversight Committee, paid more than $150,000 to Loren Merchan’s consulting firm. Committee Democrats are up to their eyeballs in the corrupt persecution of Trump in Alvin Bragg’s Manhattan, and yet dare to accuse Republicans of wrongdoing in their investigation of Biden! And while Greene was making that point, she was interrupted by Crockett — who hadn’t been recognized by the chair — and then Greene responded with the “fake eyelashes” jab, which sent AOC into a fit of shrieking hysteria.

All of that, however, was merely the sequel to the dishonest and hypocritical performance of Jamie Raskin in his opening statement. So if anyone at the Anti-Defamation League wants to know what’s causing the rise of antisemitism in America, I’ll just show them a picture of Jamie Raskin: “Have you seen this guy? Looking for all the world like a crude caricature of a sleazy Jew published in a 1932 edition of Der Stürmer? If you guys really want to do something about antisemitism, how about convincing Jamie Raskin to retire from Congress?”

Until then, sorry, I can’t help you.


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