Jeremy Slevin, a communications director for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), got a swift history lesson dumped all over his Twitter feed after he tweeted “Anti-semitism is a right-wing force” repeatedly on Wednesday morning.
Slevin was responding to a long thread by his boss after she had been called out by several people during a conference for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). As IJR reported, everyone from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called out Omar for her comments against AIPAC and her repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes.
At this year’s AIPAC conference, the topic PM Netanyahu chose to focus on was…me.https://t.co/HbomAHmh9Y
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 26, 2019
Omar’s 14-tweet thread focused on the fact that there are horrible events happening all over the world that she would have rather seen Netanyahu speak on instead of her controversial comments. Midway through her thread, Slevin attempted to come to his boss’ defense by blaming all anti-Semitism on the right, but it ended up backfiring horribly.
Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-win https://t.co/IbISMS7lXU
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) March 26, 2019
Several people were quick to point to examples of leftist anti-Semitism, both past and present. Many pointed to the atrocities committed against Jews by those in the Marxist tradition, including Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin. Others highlighted more recent examples, including anti-Semitism from the left-wing British Labour Party and their leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Labour Party. Take a look at the British Lab
— Emma Jeffreys (@emma_jeffreys3) March 27, 2019
Your politics do not insulate you from falling prey to anti-Jewish bigotry. Today and throughout history, people have adopted and spread anti-Jewish conspiracies and invective and violence across the ideological spectrum, from Stalin to Hitler. https://t.co/eJuIaSmURU
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) March 27, 2019
Every communist government in history disagrees. https://t.co/m7AZWawt5b
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) March 27, 2019
So, Marx, Engels, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Charles Fourier, Wilhelm Marr, Adolf Stocker, Georg Ritter von Schonerer, Joseph Stalin, Ulrike Meinhof, Jeremy Corbyn: rightwingers all! https://t.co/s5NwUxS0Zu
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) March 27, 2019
Many also found it ironic that this tweet came from someone who works for Omar. After all, Omar has been condemned by Democratic leaders for her comments and sparked a congressional resolution against anti-Semitism.
Lol Jeremy. You work for Ilhan. https://t.co/cKepSmdnkM
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) March 27, 2019
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) March 27, 2019
Dude works for Ilhan Omar, and before that, for longtime Louis Farrakhan acolyte Keith Ellison. But other than that, his little chant is super compelling! https://t.co/ZBkkvmphn1
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 27, 2019
After the backlash, Slevin tried to walk back parts of his comment. He claimed that he was only speaking to anti-Semitism in the United States, not internationally.
I am Jewish and my family also fled Russia. I am well aware of Soviet persecution.
My tweet was referring to the United States (which I should have made clear). I also don’t view the Soviet Union as progressive in any meaningful way.
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) March 27, 2019
Slevin claimed he was “aware” of the anti-Semitism that plagued the Soviet Union, but he still attempted to sidestep the fact that the Soviet Union was led by leftists in “any meaningful way,” though he didn’t elaborate on that claim.