Slotkin (D): GOP Only Opposes Anti-Semitism for Money

Michigan rep refused to condemn Omar, Tlaib

July 31, 2019

Freshman representative Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich) said at a Jewish Democratic summer conference that Republicans only oppose anti-Semitism because they want money from Jewish donors.

"There has been a lot of discussion for the past 9 months or so, 8 months, about, anti-Semitism," she told an audience in Michigan on Sunday. "We have, what I believe is a full-on attempt by the Republican Party to grab a different community and bring them into the fold, and I will just be very honest, right, they are not looking for our votes, because we are a relatively small community, they are looking for our donors, right? They are looking for our donors, and they are trying to sway us."

Slotkin is Jewish herself, and spoke favorably of the blanket resolution House Democrats passed in March to condemn anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.

"I think people feel the need to be very clear about what we mean by anti-Semitism, how it affects us, and that there's just such a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism in events, in violent events, that we just feel the need to be vocal about it," she told the Detroit News.

Slotkin would not, however, answer specific questions in May about whether Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) should be censored for their anti-Semitic remarks and tweets, according to the Daily Wire.

Slotkin is also supported by the liberal advocacy group J Street, which regularly pushes anti-Israel policies. The group drew praise in 2018 from President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, who expressed his "appreciation for their efforts to support the peace process within American society."

Slotkin won support from J Street in 2018 largely because of her vocal support for the Iran Nuclear Deal, which she built support for while working at the Department of Defense. The Israeli government has since called the deal a "historic mistake."