Leading neoconservative analyst and commentator Bill Kristol asserted on Tuesday that he was a "proud Jew" and a "strong supporter of Israel."
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Kristol, the founder and editor of the political magazine The Weekly Standard, was responding to a Breibart column in which conservative columnist David Horowitz dubbed him a "renegade Jew" for his efforts to draft a third-party candidate to challenge presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“I'm a proud Jew," Kristol told CNN on Tuesday morning. "I’m a proud Jew, a strong supporter of Israel. I don't think I've ever been called a renegade Jew before.”
Asked what the term "renegade Jew" actually meant, he replied, “I don’t know, you should ask them.” He added that he had not read the column and didn't intend to read it.
Kristol also rejected the label “Republican spoiler,” saying that 2016 would be the first time in 11 elections that he didn't plan to vote for the Republican presidential nominee.
“It's a big country and people can build their websites and engage in that kind of rhetoric and put on headlines on pieces like that, I suppose,” Kristol said.
The Twitterverse immediatly erupted in outrage in response to the Breitbart headline, and the Anti-Defamation League and the National Jewish Democratic Council condemned the website for featuring the article.
Horowitz told the Daily Caller in an email that he is responsible for the headline “Renegade Jew.” He later doubled down on his claim in another post on Breitbart News.