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Mike Pompeo Is An Anti-Muslim Bigot. Shouldn’t Jewish Leaders Condemn Him, Too?

Jane Eisner writes, “[W]hereas many self-appointed leaders of the Jewish community raised holy hell when a couple of Congressmen and one of the leaders of the Women’s March refused to denounce the anti-Semitism of the Rev. Louis Farrakhan, we’ve heard precious little from those same critics about Pompeo’s well-documented anti-Muslim bigotry and his close ties with Islamophobic extremists….If Farrakhan is to be denounced, then what about Pompeo? If members of Congress are to be criticized for associating years ago with a demagogue, then shouldn’t there be an equal test for the man designated to be the leading diplomat in a world with 1.8 billion Muslims?”

Liberals demand that Dems block Pompeo, Haspel nominations, Politico

“Senate Democrats are coming under pressure from the left to tank President Donald Trump’s latest Cabinet nominees, setting up a major test of unity for the party. Trump’s choice of CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency and CIA chief Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state is fueling a fierce opposition campaign among liberal and civil rights groups. Activists sense an opening to derail Haspel’s bid and at least complicate Pompeo’s confirmation, given that the White House will need some Democratic support to pull the nominees across the finish line….Pompeo has taken a highly hawkish stance on Iran and amassed a controversial record on Islam, fodder for the left’s campaign to convince 15 Senate Democratic caucus members who voted for him to be CIA director to oppose him as State Department chief.”

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