Charlie Crist, Karla Hernandez condemn Rashida Tlaib slam of Israeli ‘apartheid government’

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'There is no place in our party for comments like this.'

The Democratic gubernatorial ticket is speaking out against U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and her latest controversial comments about Israel.

Charlie Crist and Karla Hernández each issued statements late Wednesday condemning Tlaib for saying that Democrats “cannot claim to hold progressive values, yet back Israel’s apartheid government.”

In a press release sent just before 11 p.m., both Crist and Hernández condemned Tlaib’s statement as an example of antisemitism out of bounds in the Democratic Party.

“There is no place in our party for comments like this,” Crist said.

“I do not hesitate to call out anti-Semitism when I see it. Our support for Israel’s enduring existence as a democratic, Jewish state is not some political litmus test — it reflects our commitment to the values we hold most dear,” Crist asserted.

“My husband’s family fled anti-Semitism, which is why I know it must be denounced in all of its many forms,” Hernández added. “Charlie and I know that this hateful ideology must be challenged wherever it is found.”

The Crist campaign’s condemnation of Tlaib will be framed by critics on the Right as an attempt to recalibrate the campaign’s Israel position, in the wake of a resurfaced 2018 Twitter retweet from Hernández taking issue with the idea that moving the American embassy was “biblical.”

“All these folks saying that moving the Embassy is biblical. I’m pretty familiar with the Bible. Can’t say I recall any mention of the US, an embassy, or moving of said Embassy,” read the tweet Hernández boosted. “I’m gonna need a citation, with chapter & verse.”

The DeSantis campaign told the conservative Free Beacon that “Floridians deserve to know if Charlie agrees with these anti-Israel sentiments.” The conscious, late-night decision to disown the comments from Tlaib, a national figure with no real resonance in Florida politics, seems to be a rejoinder to such criticisms.

Other prominent Florida Democrats have offered their own condemnations of Tlaib’s remarks.

“The outrageous progressive litmus test on Israel by Rashida Tlaib is nothing short of antisemitic. Proud progressives do support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Suggesting otherwise is shameful and dangerous. Divisive rhetoric does not lead to peace,” asserted U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“Using your words: I want you all to know that among #progressives, it becomes clear that you cannot claim to hold progressive values if you are an antisemite. Separating people by their race, religion, creed, how progressive,” tweeted Democratic congressional candidate Jared Moskowitz, the former director of Emergency Management for the DeSantis administration.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


32 comments

  • Tom

    September 22, 2022 at 9:24 am

    LMAO, the Dem party Shites and the Sunnis fighting over hate and intolerance.

    The true colors of the AoC wing of the Dem Dum fascist party.

    Nothing like hating on the only democracy in the Middle East! Good job fascists

    Reply

    • Fat Cammack

      September 22, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Fascism is a far right ideology. You don’t know your bung hole from your lips you clown 🍩💋

      Reply

      • Tom

        September 22, 2022 at 10:23 am

        Include Hernandez Matz with extremists aoc, tlab, and Omar,
        Extremists.

        Reply

        • Charlie Crist

          September 22, 2022 at 10:46 am

          Trump supporters are terrorists. Just look at J6 for Christ sakes!!! Are you brain dead??

          Reply

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  • Charlie Crist

    September 22, 2022 at 9:25 am

    It’s not antisemitic to criticize the actions of the Israeli government. Charlie Crist has it wrong on this one.

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    • Tom

      September 22, 2022 at 9:54 am

      AOC, Tlab, Omar, extremists fascists.
      Haters of the Jewish state, anti democracy. Leaders of the extremist House caucus, for 100 days left!
      New majority coming.

      Reply

      • Charlie Crist

        September 22, 2022 at 12:36 pm

        AOC is far right wing? You over there drunk and on pills… don’t know what in the hell your talking about at all. You smoking meth buddy…

        Reply

        • Tom

          September 22, 2022 at 1:42 pm

          Just all fascists, aoc, tlab, you the squad. Bunch of racists.

          Reply

          • Charlie Crist

            September 23, 2022 at 10:03 am

            You don’t know what in the hell you are talking about you gd clown..

  • Impeach Biden

    September 22, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Too bad we can’t put Rashida Tlaib in one of those orange coveralls and behead her like the “religion of peace” did to so many westerners when Obama and Biden were in charge.

    Reply

    • Charlie Crist

      September 22, 2022 at 9:59 am

      Bush started it by invading Iraq. USA has 25% of the world’s prisoners. You act like only the rest of the world has problems with crime. Most Muslims hate ISIS so you full of poop buddy. That and you worship terrorist leader Abu Bakr Al-Trump..and J-6 terrorists.

      Reply

  • Tom

    September 22, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Fascists Dum Dums.
    You are a Israeli hater Joey, Charlie, idiot Elliot
    The true chinese bot you are. You have been exposed by the legend.
    Fascists are the Dems. It’s proven.

    Reply

    • Fat Cammack

      September 22, 2022 at 9:54 am

      Legendary imbecile…💋

      Reply

  • Impeach Biden

    September 22, 2022 at 10:05 am

    I wonder what “some people did something” Ilhan Omar’s position is on this. And a shout out to District 23 Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Have you thanked Donald Trump for moving the US embassy to Jerusalem? How many President’s before him said they were going to do that?

    Reply

    • Fat Cammack

      September 22, 2022 at 10:17 am

      After Bushes war in Iraq which produced a quarter million people killed or injured…it kinda did look like “some people did something.” I thought Christianity was the religious of peace…

      Reply

      • Impeach Biden

        September 22, 2022 at 10:35 am

        Remember it was those terrorists on 9-11 that started this. By the way all of the preparations and planning occurred under the watch of Bill Clinton. So it was the “Religion of Peace” that struck first.

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        • Fat Cammack

          September 22, 2022 at 10:51 am

          Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11.
          Quarter million killed or injured over something that 20 people did who weren’t from Iraq? Americans worse than ISIS. Just look at J6 and tell me about democracy and peace. These people fking crazy man!!!

          Reply

          • Impeach Biden

            September 22, 2022 at 12:58 pm

            You are talking about Papa Bush and I am referencing his son😀

          • Fat Cammack

            September 22, 2022 at 1:25 pm

            Nice try…nice fail. Now, come see mama for a gargantuan, bare assed face sit 🍩💋 Show you what the GOP is really all about..

  • Charlie Crist

    September 22, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Just another phoney and meaningless accomplishment of Trumps. Just something to rope in stupid religious people here in the USA. Trump however is not religious… played religious people like a harp from hell.

    Reply

  • Tom

    September 22, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Full of manure Joey, Abraham accords historic, unlike Biden hysterical. You are a chinese bot, well established. Clueless, no substance.

    Biden 39% approval Civiqs poll in Florida.
    Go to broward with f p and 5 others.
    Dem endorsed Gov, DeSantis gets up to 20% state wide.

    Chinese bot Joey!

    Reply

    • Charlie Crist

      September 22, 2022 at 10:53 am

      👆 Nonsense and gibberish… barely legible. You go take English Composition and then come back and post.

      Reply

      • Tom

        September 22, 2022 at 11:12 am

        Typical chi bot soros tic toc reply.
        Clueless, unable to address real issues.

        Everyone knows you are empty, incest boy.

        Reply

        • Charlie Crist

          September 22, 2022 at 12:38 pm

          Nobody knows what in the hell you are talking about man. Seek help for whatever in the hell is wrong with you dumbass.

          Reply

  • Marc Train

    September 22, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Good on Charlie Crist. I’m a progressive Democrat who is fine with Israel. I understand its importance. I don’t agree with them always, but I recognize their right to exist. By the same token I believe Palestinians should have their own state. People like Traib are simply nonpeacemakers. And most people think all American Jews give a dam about Israel. Most don’t. But now that trumpians correlate the two, her type rhetoric gets them killed. She has every right to be “an activist”, but not on our dime. She has another job she’s ignoring. Thank you.

    Reply

  • Tom

    September 22, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Oh do you must love the peacemaker President, Abraham accords. Thanks for affirming my outline. That’s why I am legend!

    Reply

    • Fat Cammack

      September 22, 2022 at 12:39 pm

      SHUT THE FK UP YOU GD IDIOT!!!!😂

      Reply

      • Tom

        September 22, 2022 at 12:41 pm

        I destroy you, u chi com soros bot!
        Go bang mommy dearest, incest he/she.

        Facts are funny things!
        I told you weeks ago you can’t stand to a legend!

        Reply

        • Pastor Sandell

          September 22, 2022 at 1:27 pm

          You gonna be a legend in hell you asshole!🔥

          Reply

          • Tom

            September 22, 2022 at 1:54 pm

            Cause of scum, filth like you I am legend! Thanks. Tic tic chi com bot.

          • Charlie Crist

            September 23, 2022 at 10:05 am

            Filth like you I am legend? That doesn’t make any sense you stupid ballsack 😆

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