The Press Turns a Blind Eye to Bernie Sanders’s Jeremy Corbyn Problem

December 16, 2019 | Noah Rothman
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On Thursday—the day of the national election in the United Kingdom—the Bernie Sanders campaign announced its support for the British Labor party. Setting aside the question of whether it is prudent for an American presidential candidate to endorse a foreign politician, especially one with a fondness for terrorists and dictators and who has unleashed a torrent of anti-Semitism in his own party, Noah Rothman notes that the Sanders campaign has some problems of its own that are not unlike Labor’s:

Bernie Sanders has thus far evaded scrutiny over the values he and his campaign share with the Labor party’s discredited leader, but that lack of curiosity is indefensible

Don’t take my word for it; take that of Sanders’s own surrogates. Representative Ilhan Omar, one of Sanders’s most visible endorsers with whom the senator frequently shares the stage, has apologized for some of what she’s admitted were anti-Semitic remarks. . . . Amid the failed Democratic effort to condemn Omar, Sanders’s foreign-policy adviser, Matt Duss [a veteran Israel-hater], attacked the maneuver as one purely designed to “police criticism of Israel.” It is worth recalling that the remark Duss considers scrutiny of Israel was Omar’s claim that pro-Israel lawmakers exhibit an “allegiance to a foreign country.”

Duss joins Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, as two of the more prominent members of the Sanders team who have been implicated in the propagation of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Sanders, [because he is Jewish,] may be insulated from the charge that he shares these suspicious sentiments . . . , but this clear pattern raises some disturbing questions. It is incumbent on the press to ask them. To at least a degree, Sanders clearly evinces some of Corbyn’s instincts on policy, [and] his affiliations suggest a similar tolerance for the radical left’s occasionally anti-Semitic indulgences.

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