Live chatting has been disabled on the Republican National Convention (RNC) live-stream after a slew of anti-Semitic slurs was posted — while Jewish former Governor Linda Lingle praised the Republican Party’s treatment of Israel and Jews.
On Monday, the first night of the RNC, Lingle slammed the Democratic Party for its mistreatment of Israel. “The last eight years have been a wake-up call to American Jews,” she said. “More feel as I do that there’s something wrong with America’s leadership today.”
Meanwhile, anti-Semitic Trump supporters were sharing very different opinions of their own. Comments included racist slurs directed at Jewish people, “press h for hitler (sic),” “SHUT IT DOWN,” “Trump 2016! Build a wall!” “OY VEY” and “DON’T FORGET THE 6 GORILLIAN.”
And, according to Lingle, “The support for Republican Party candidates have tripled over the past 25 years.”
But the majority of Jewish voters have, overall, consistently voted for Democratic candidates since 1992, data shows.
Lingle also said, in regard to the Democratic Party’s treatment of Jews, “You’ll find no such division in the Republican Party’s leadership.” And, according to Lingle, Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have “treated our allies as strangers, insulted their leaders, and ignored their advice and interests.”
So far, this election cycle has demonstrated a divide among Republican Party leaders when it comes to anti-Semitism. Earlier this month, Trump tweeted a picture of Clinton over a background of money. Next to Clinton was a six-point star (Star of David) with the words, “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” This initial tweet was taken down and replaced with one that used a circle instead of a star. The original image was later discovered to have originated on a neo-Nazi, white supremacist website, and it had been shared on a Twitter account that frequently posts racist and anti-Semitic posts.
Trump’s camp called the negative response from the media “political correctness run amok,” and Trump himself later compared the star to one featured on a Disney coloring book. He accused the “dishonest media” of “trying their absolute best to depict a star in a tweet as the Star of David.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called the image racist. However, he did not revoke his support for the candidate and did not blame Trump for the post but rather blamed the Trump campaign.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party disavowed the tweet. A spokesman from the Clinton campaign called the image “blatantly anti-Semitic” and said, “Now, not only won’t he apologize for it, he’s peddling lies and blaming others. Trump should be condemning hate, not offering more campaign behavior and rhetoric that engages extremists.”