Eric Cantor Avoids Answering Whether He Thinks There’s Anti-Semitism In House GOP

When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was asked about anti-Semitism in the House GOP Caucus, he responded rather noncommittally. Cantor recently made headlines after donating to Rep. Adam Kinzinger who defeated incumbent Rep. Don Manzullo. According to several Republicans, Manzullo once said Cantor would not be “saved” because he’s Jewish.

At an event organized by POLITICO, Mike Allen asked Cantor whether he thought there is anti-Semitism in the House GOP caucus. “I think that all of us know that in this country, we’ve not always gotten it right in terms of racial matters, religious matters, whatever. We continue to strive to provide equal treatment to everybody,” he said.

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Allen pressed, “We’re talking about the House Republican Caucus, not America” — to which Cantor’s response was silent. After Cantor awkwardly evaded the question, Allen moved on to the next one.

In response, the National Jewish Democratic Council released a statement: “It’s both admirable and disturbing in the extreme to hear Majority Leader Cantor’s candid remarks regarding the dual challenges of racism and anti-Semitism that he has detected in the House GOP caucus.”

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(H/T ThinkProgress)

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