ICYMI: L.A. Times Condemns Tom McClintock over Event with Anti-Semitic Commentator Dinesh D'Souza 

GOP House chair rebukes other member for similar associations


Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
Anthony Kusich, (916) 288-2228, anthony.kusich@deweysquare.com

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – On Monday, Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik blasted Congressman Tom McClintock for hosting an in-district campaign event with controversial filmmaker and political commentator Dinesh D'Souza. Long known for peddling racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, D'Souza recently shared a Twitter post with the hashtag #burnthejews, called Jewish businessman George Soros a Nazi, compared Bernie Sanders to Adolf Hitler, and blamed Jews and liberals for the 9/11 attacks. The column reads, in part:

  • No one in his or her right mind would turn to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) for moral leadership or, for that matter, intelligent policymaking.

    But we should offer him our gratitude for giving us a window into the fundamental hypocrisy at the core of Republican expressions of condolence over the horrific shootings this weekend at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

    On Saturday, shortly after the news of the murders reached the West Coast, McClintock dutifully tweeted the following:

    "Devastating day for #Pittsburgh. Prayers for the #TreeOfLifeSynagogue and the community."

    Sincerely felt, we're sure. But it’s hard to overlook that only two days earlier, McClintock was tweeting gleefully about his successful campaign appearance Wednesday evening at an event with right-wing commentator Dinesh D'Souza. Why is this relevant? Because D’Souza has been an enthusiastic promoter of attacks on financier George Soros and other anti-Semitic tropes, and racist tropes, too.

And yesterday, Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers – who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee – condemned one of McClintock's colleagues in the House for supporting similar white supremacists and fringe racist figures in tweets and public appearances. In a sharp rebuke to controversial Congressman Steve King of Iowa, Stivers said that "we must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior."

The question for McClintock: Will he take the lead from those in his own party and disavow anti-Semitic figures like Dinesh D'Souza and condemn their violent, disgusting words and actions?