GOP Chair Who Stereotyped Jews Says He Did It “In Admiration”
South Carolina GOP county chairmen Edwin Merwin Jr. and Jim Ulmer (pictured) wrote an op-ed piece last weekend defending Senator Jim DeMint from charges he wasn’t bringing enough money home to the state by saving pennies, likening that to what Jews do. Now they’ve apologized. Except Merwin thought he was being complimentary.
Ulmer, the Orangeburg County chairman, said the remark was “truly in admiration for a method of bettering one’s lot in life” and he meant nothing derogatory.
Added Merwin, the Bamberg County chair: “I have always abhorred in the past, and shall continue to do so in the future, anti-Semitism in any form whatsoever. I … beg that any and all who were offended will accept my deep felt apology.”
It’s so nice to honor Jews in this way, by repeating stereotypes. Matthew Brooks of the Republican Jewish Coalition explains the derivation of this canard.
“In fact, it dates back to the centuries of anti-Jewish persecution in Europe, when Jews were forbidden to own land or conduct any business other than money-lending, which was closed to Christians by Church law. It is an image of a kind and of a time with forcing Jews to wear a badge on their clothing or enclosing them in ghettos, cutting them off from religious, social, and economic freedom.”Click here for reuse options!
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