NY lawmakers slam anti-Semitic Farrakhan tweet

David Caplan
October 18, 2018 - 4:25 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York lawmakers are slamming Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for a tweet he wrote comparing Jews to termites.

The Chicago-based community leader posted a video on Twitter Wednesday of him speaking, captioning it "I'm not an anti-Semite. I'm an anti-Termite."

Twitter has said it will not remove him from the platform, infuriating many. It did, however, remove his blue verification check mark several months ago.

"Time for every American to denounce @LouisFarrakhan for his disgraceful anti-Semitism!" Long Island's Rep. Pete King tweeted Thursday.

Rep. Dan Donovan, a Republican who represents part of Staten Island and Brooklyn, tweeted, "Anti-Semitism has reared its ugly head yet again in the form of Louis Farrakhan. Coinciding with the recent attacks on Jewish individuals in New York, it important that we unequivocally denounce his disgusting comments & stand with our friends & neighbors in the Jewish community."

U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell tweeted Thursday, "Every day in Berlin I look out the Embassy window and see the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. We must reject this kind of rhetoric or we betray our promise to Never Forget. #disgusting."

In response to Grenell's tweet, New York State senator Dov Hikind, who represents part of Brooklyn, tweeted, "Thank you for addressing this Ambassador. The silence from my fellow Democrats is deafening." 

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro released a lengthy statement, writing,

"Louis Farrakhan's blatant anti-Semitism must be met with universal condemnation from all U.S. political leaders of good will .... his type of destabilizing rhetoric is infesting too many on the left and right."

And former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who lives in New York City, also took to Twitter, writing, "Comparing Jews to termites is anti-Semitic, wrong and dangerous. The responsive laughter makes my skin crawl. For everyone who rightly condemned President Trump’s rhetoric when he spoke about immigrants 'infesting our country,' this rhetoric should be equally unacceptable to you."