Tweets posted on U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s official account show Kaine campaigning with a well-documented anti-Semite less than a week after the anniversary of the horrific “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA.
Danville isn’t “sad,” as some have claimed – it’s an economically vibrant place. That's clear if you actually listen to the local leaders who are working together to improve their neighbors' lives. Grateful to be welcomed back for a tour and thoughtful discussion today. pic.twitter.com/DIhSpn1kC2
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) August 17, 2018
While not mentioned by name in the Tweet, Kaine spent the day with Leslie Cockburn, who is the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.
Cockburn has a well-documents history of peddling anti-Semitic conspiracy theories for over 25 years, and has come under fire by Jewish groups and Holocaust survivors.
Her 1991 book, Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship, resulted in heavy controversy and condemnation. The premise of the book is that Israel controls America’s foreign policy, a belief that is shared by many participants of the aforementioned white nationalist rally that left one woman, and two police officers dead.
In a write-up of the book by The New York Times, it is described as a book that is “largely dedicated to Israel-bashing for its own sake.”
“Its first message is that, win or lose, smart or dumb, right or wrong, suave or boorish, Israelis are a menace,” The New York Times reports, “The second is that the Israeli-American connection is somewhere behind just about everything that ails us.”
Sen. Kaine has been extremely critical about past associations that his challenger, Corey Stewart has had with anti-Semites like the disgraced former Congressional candidate Paul Nehlen. But in the case of Stewart, he has denounced his connections to Nehlen in the wake of his views coming to light.
But so far Kaine has not denounced his connection to Cockburn, even after being confronted by his challenger at their first debate on it.
Sen. Kaine’s office could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.
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