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Why the DNC’s ‘Anti-Semitism’ Charges Don’t Work

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) attempted to raise money off of controversial comments made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer that Spicer immediately walked back on Tuesday.

DNC Chair Tom Perez sent out a fundraising email on Tuesday night with the subject line, “a pattern of anti-Semitism.”

But, Perez should be careful when lobbing accusations of anti-Semitism at the Trump administration when his own vice chair, DNC chair runner-up Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), has a history of defending well-known anti-Semites.

Alan Dershowitz pointed out this hypocrisy during an interview on CNN on Tuesday night.

“I’ll tell you who I’m not prepared to give a pass on this. The Democratic National Committee,” Dershowitz told CNN’s Don Lemon.

“They have immediately decided to politicize this, and they sent out immediate tweets saying ‘we can’t tolerate anti-Semitism, even a whiff of anti-Semitism.’ This is the Democratic National Committee, who has as its co-chairman Keith Ellison, who didn’t recognize the fact that he was working for an anti-Semite, [Louis] Farrakhan. This is just hypocrisy, and I think we should not make politics out of this.”

Ellison had defended Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader, while in law school. Farrakhan is well known for his extreme anti-Semitic rhetoric.

During Ellison’s campaign for DNC chair, Haim Saban – one of the biggest donors in the Democratic Party – said of Ellison, “[he’s] clearly an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel person,” during an annual foreign policy forum in Washington, D.C.

Dershowitz, a well-known Democrat and prominent member of the Jewish community, said that he would leave the party if Ellison were elected its next chair.

Maybe the DNC should have thought twice about sending a fundraising email accusing someone of anti-Semitism, given one of its leaders defended an anti-Semite.