An independent congressional candidate from Oregon who recently called first lady Melania Trump a “hoebag” and tweeted that she “works by the hour” has stirred controversy by aiming apparently anti-Semitic remarks at a prominent Jewish Twitter personality.
Mark Roberts launched an attack on Shoshana Weissmann, the digital media director at the conservative R Street Institute think tank, after she tweeted that he was an “idiot” who didn’t “understand how the “First Amendment works.”
In response, Roberts tweeted “Shalom mein #Yenta,” a Yiddish term for a gossipy woman, and later a YouTube video of the “Dreidel” song.
Weissmann is well known for her support of licensing reform, her rainbow-colored hair and her love of sloths.
“I admire how smart Mark is. He figured out I’m Jewish!!! GENIUS! And I try so hard to hide it!!! Great pick for Congress,” Weissmann retorted, prompting Roberts to declare that he was Jewish as well.
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“Yeah it was tough, the face gave it away, if only you were smart enough to figure out I’m Jewish #nitwit,” he wrote.
“If you’re Jewish and also attacking other people for being Jewish, then you’re just even more pathetic than I thought,” Weissmann countered.
Asked by one twitter user why “anti-Semitism like yours [is] all the rage these days,” Roberts replied, “Off with your #Yarmulke and I’ll take a ginsu to your pe’ah too! #oyveyismere you people are so stupid.”
Roberts, who has described himself as “independent, a conservative and a disgruntled life-long Republican,” is given little chance of unseating the nine-time Republican incumbent in the 2nd Congressional District race, Greg Walden.