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Fri Dec 13, 2019, 11:39 AM

Cory Booker's Statement on Jersey City Attack

The text of it is here:

https://www.insidernj.com/booker-statement-jersey-city-slayings/

Curiously missing from the statement about the slaughter of Jewish people is any mention of Jewish people, Judaism, antisemitism, or anything else.

A more cynical person than myself would call this a silent dog whistle to a more-important-voting-block than mere Jews that happens to be overwhelmingly antisemitic. I'm not ready to go there yet. But I'm darn close.

This is the kind of crap that started the JDL (for those of you old enough to remember). Those were not great days.

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MosheFeingold Dec 2019 OP
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Response to MosheFeingold (Original post)

Fri Dec 13, 2019, 01:21 PM

1. You forgot to mention that this statement was issued immediately after the attack....

...well before it was known that it was a targeted. The early reports suggested that it was not.

This is what you call a dog whistle. This is what you say generated the JDL. You're calling CORY BOOKER an antisemite. A fact for you: during his first run for mayor of Newark, the corrupt incumbent spread rumors that Booker himself was Jewish. This was in part leveraged from Booker's close relationship with the Jewish community in NJ, something that he maintains to this day. He knows some Hebrew and has studied Torah.

Really, your post is horrendous. And given that you think the likes of Cory Booker is an antisemite, I have to wonder how you can be a Democrat. If you think Cory Booker is an antisemite, you must think all non-Jewish Democratic politicians are antisemites.

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Response to 11cents (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 13, 2019, 01:23 PM

2. Has he fixed it? n/t

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Response to MosheFeingold (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 13, 2019, 01:41 PM

3. That's it?

You have a bit fixing to do yourself.

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Response to 11cents (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 13, 2019, 01:45 PM

4. Not really

You seem to be claiming that Booker was unaware that Jewish people were the target of this attack and that black supremacists were the perpetrators -- i.e., he did not have complete information.

Look carefully at Booker's statement:

"Earlier today, Booker was at the Jersey City Greenville precinct for a briefing by local law enforcement and representatives from federal agencies about the ongoing investigation."

https://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1033

He knew.

Jewish lives don't matter -- when politically expedient.

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Response to MosheFeingold (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 13, 2019, 02:03 PM

5. IT WAS NOT KNOWN THAT JEWS WERE TARGETED AT THAT POINT.

It was only later, after the "ongoing investigation" had had time to progress, that it became clear that this was so. Booker's original statement was on the 10th, the day of the attack. The attack wasn't actually declared a possible domestic terrorism incident and hate crime until yesterday, the 12th. Meanwhile:


Cory Booker
@CoryBooker

Dec 11
We won't be silent in the face of bigotry & hate. Sending love & prayers to the victims, their families, our Jewish neighbors & the JCPD.

But since this is a mere tweet, I suppose you'll say it doesn't count. I don't know if he's made another official statement; look it up your own self. You're the one that's accusing a man with a long and friendly relationship with our community of being a dog-whistler to antisemites.

I'll be very frank. I find these spurious accusations, using what look like deliberately misleading phrasing and headlining, to be quite repugnant. I find it hard to believe that you're a Democrat, and I find it easy to believe that you're a bigot. I mean -- CORY BOOKER. Shaking. My. Damn. Head.

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Response to 11cents (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 13, 2019, 02:33 PM

6. Yeah, hard to figure out

That shooting up a Kosher grocery store targeted Jews. Totally get the confusion.

That said, glad Booker at least acknowledged the issue in a tweet.

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Response to MosheFeingold (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 13, 2019, 02:52 PM

7. It was not Cory Booker's job to announce conclusions that law enforcement had not yet made.

Neither he nor anyone not involved in the investigation is supposed to "figure it out" and announce his assumptions to the public, mere hours after the event. Law enforcement had not yet said that the atttack was targeted -- but Cory Booker was dog-whistling to antisemites because he didn't get ahead of the investigators?

The immediate reports about the crime suggested the the officer who was killed had come across a crime in progress at a cemetery, possibly involving a stolen van, and a shoot-out had ensued. That's all. Yes, of course, virtually everyone thought it was probably not incidental that the shooters had moved to a kosher grocery. But Cory Booker is a Senator, not a random tweeter, and for him to declare an event a hate crime before the facts were in would have been grossly irresponsible.

You're still making excuses for your own bad behavior. You slandered a friend. What you should be doing is apologizing.

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