You got some ‘splainin to do, Lucy!
As previously mentioned I have been spending a LOT of time knocking on doors in support of the Bernie Sanders campaign. The conversations I’ve been having are interesting to say the least.
The one that most prominently sticks in my mind from last week was one with a guy who had a Trump 2020 sign proudly displayed in his front yard. The conversation went something like this:
Me: I see from your sign that you are a Trump supporter. Any chance of convincing you that Bernie Sanders is a better choice for people, just like you, who make their livings from non-“Big Ag” farming?
Me: Why’s that?
Him: Well, among other things, Sanders is a self-hating Jew!
Me: Huh? Where are you coming up with that from?
Him: Sanders supports “Arabs” and he has repeatedly criticized Israel.
Me: You mean “Arabs” like Ilhan Omar?
Me: She’s actually Somalian by birth, but you know she has been a US citizen longer then Trump’s wife, right?
Him: Oh… well, he still hates Jews and that makes him antisemitic in my book!
Me: :Laughing:: Come on… you know as well as I do that criticizing Zionism or Israel’s policies doesn’t make you anti Semitic or means you hate Jews.
Him: Sure it does.
Me: By that thinking if you hate the Nazis, then you hate every person of German decent. You know Trump’s ancestry can be traced directly back to Germany, don’tcha?
Him: ::slams door::
On my way home I started thinking about this conversation and I began wondering:
Does everyone who equated criticism of Israel and/or Zionism think like this guy does?
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