Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has become arguably the most controversial lawmaker in Washington D.C. after making an array of comments deemed anti-Semitic since he election last November.
Her Jewish communications director, Jeremy Slevin, is responsible for the task of rehabilitating the Somali migrant’s tarnished image.
Slevin had previously worked for MSNBC and the Center for American Progress, showing his deep connections to Democratic establishment. He also helped rehabilitate the career of former Rep. Keith Ellison, who was able to shake off his connections to radical Islam and a credible domestic violence accusation to become Minnesota’s attorney general in 2018.
“No politician runs to get into trouble,” said Ellison, who once called Slevin his communications director while serving in Congress, to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “You run to do some good in the world. When that goes awry, you need someone to help you. That’s Jeremy.”
Under Slevin’s tutilege, Omar has taken a much more concilliatory approach toward the Jewish community that she offended previously with her incendiary comments.
“I know there are a lot of people who in the last weeks have expressed support in trying to say this isn’t anti-Semitic or this shouldn’t be looked at in that way,” Omar said on a Feb. 19 conference call with Jewish leaders.
“I do not want to give space or energy to anyone who wants to minimize the hurt,” she added.
Most on the call seemed impressed with these words, but Hadar Susskind – a Jewish Soros-linked operative who now serves as Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action – saw Slevin’s blueprints all over them.
“That’s the nuance and the voice he brings in, getting past the zero-sum game of ‘I’m right and you’re wrong,’ and actually building community and getting people to work together,” Susskind said of Slevin.
While Slevin may have brought “nuance” into Omar’s talking points, he has not done the same for his own communications. The following message of blatant truth denial, posted last week by Slevin on his Twitter account, drew a tremendous amount of anger from observers:
Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-win https://t.co/IbISMS7lXU
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) March 26, 2019
Slevin was immediately hammered by a chorus of Jewish people who felt he misrepresented the actual nature of the anti-Semitic threat:
I am a Jewish refugee from the Soviet Union, a socialist country which systematically persecuted Jews. There are over 500,000 U.S. Jews who share my background. I hope you will be open to hearing why we disagree with the idea that antisemitism is limited to the right.
— Alex (@Wonko_the_sane_) March 27, 2019
The Jew hatred (antisemitism) which tried to murder a Jewish family in their home this week was Islamic.
The Jew hatred which tried to murder my friend a few years ago was Islamic.
You know nothing.
— ????????Dr Brian of London (@brianoflondon) March 27, 2019
Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Lab
— Emma Jeffreys (@emma_jeffreys3) March 27, 2019
Out of embarrassment, Slevin unsuccessfully attempted some damage control by issuing some additional tweets:
I am Jewish and my family also fled Russia. I am well aware of Soviet persecution.
My tweet was referring to the United States (which I should have made clear). I also don’t view the Soviet Union as progressive in any meaningful way.
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) March 27, 2019
Agree. I should have said “Violent anti-Semitism in the U.S. is primarily a right-wing force”
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) March 27, 2019
Regardless of the exact intent of Slevin’s words, it is clear that he is willing to misrepresent anti-Semitism to protect his Democratic clientele. If Omar survives her many anti-Jewish outbursts and remains in Congress, she will have Slevin to thank for fixing her many problems.
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