U.S. President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is going on the offensive against Democrats, with a newsletter published Moday saying: “President Trump has repeatedly condemned racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism. Why can’t Democrats do the same?”
The focus of the message was a recent statement by Senator Cory Booker, in which he said he wouldn't necessarily refuse to meet with controversial Minister Louis Farrakhan, who has been widely accused of espousing anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ views.
It included a video of a Farrakhan speech in which he claimed that former vice president and 2020 hopeful Joe Biden had attributed acceptance of gay marriage and other social changes to “Jewish influence in the media.”
Booker spoke of Farrakhan “reverently” and “fondly,” the Trump campaign message said, going on to tie other Democrats to Farrakhan and charging that “Booker is not the only 2020 Democrat who is friendly with and accepting of racist bigots.”
At a faith breakfast campaign event in South Carolina on Saturday, Booker said: "I'm not one of these people that say I wouldn't sit down with anybody to hear what they have to say. But, I live on a neighborhood where I'm getting guys on the streets offering and selling his works. I am very familiar with Minister Louis Farrakhan and his beliefs and his values."
Following his remarks, Booker’s campaign told JTA that “Cory unequivocally rejects and condemns Farrakhan’s hateful views.”
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The newsletter also slammed Democrats for meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton “who has been known to work with Farrakhan” and for “courting” Rep. James Clyburn “despite the fact that Clyburn refuses to denounce Farrakhan.”
It went on to attack Rep. Rashida Tlaib for writing for a Farrakhan publication, Rep. Ilhan Omar who “spouts a new anti-Semitic trope nearly every week” and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who “continues to trivialize the Holocaust.”