Moments after the vote to oust Speaker McCarthy concluded, former NY-17 Representative and current NY-17 congressional candidate tweeted a photo of Speaker McCarthy and Representative Lawler with a group of Hasidic leaders from Rockland County and the caption “Well this was a waste of everyone’s time.”
The tweet was widely panned by individuals from across the political spectrum as well as nonpartisan groups.
Stop Antisemitism, a leading nonpartisan organization devoted to fighting and exposing anti-Semitism, replied to Jones’ tweet, “Please get a new social media team.”
Former Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI-03) tweeted “Is there any explanation for this post that isn’t absolutely vile?”
The Republican Jewish Coalition asked Jones to “clarify why it’s a waste of time to meet with Jewish voters.”
The former Congressman’s comments come at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise. Earlier this year, CUNY Law School’s graduation speaker Fatima Mousa Mohammed used her time at the podium to bemoan U.S. support for Israel and urged a revolution “against capitalism, racism, imperialism and Zionism around the world.” In the aftermath of this incident, Representative Lawler – who Jones was attempting to troll in his ill-thought tweet – introduced legislation to combat and defund anti-Semitism on college campuses.
Fatima Mohammed’s graduation speech was just one of many high-profile attacks against Israel from American leftists. CUNY subsequently hired a professor who was fired from CNN for endorsing a “free Palestine from the river to the sea” – a euphemism for the complete eradication of Israel.
Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-07) recently referred to Israel as a “racist country.” During his single term as a United States Representative, then-Congressman Mondaire Jones voted with Representative Jayapal 99% of the time.