Mike Pompeo is an anti-Muslim bigot. Shouldn’t Jewish leaders condemn him, too?

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Mike Pompeo. (photo: Forward / Getty Images)

Let’s not fall into the trap of condemning bigotry when it comes toward people who look like us, but tolerating it when it comes from people who look like us. We are required to be better than that.

By Jane Eisner | Forward | Mar 20, 2018


Mike Pompeo’s own statements and record of close associations with organizations that have frequently expressed hostility to Muslims and have trafficked in anti-Muslim conspiracy theories raise serious concerns about his fitness to serve as Secretary of State.
— Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO, Anti-Defamation League


Consistency in public life is often honored in the breach. But when it crosses that thin line into hypocrisy, there ought to be consequences.

We are at that moment with Mike Pompeo, the former Congressman and current CIA director who is President Trump’s choice to be the next Secretary of State.

And whereas 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.

In fact, with two notable exceptions, most of the major Jewish communal leaders who have spoken up since Pompeo’s name surfaced last week from the tumultuous White House have only praised him.

Pompeo “has had close ties to the Jewish community and is a strong supporter of the US-Israel relationship,” Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told JNS.

B’nai Brith International and the Simon Wiesenthal Center also piled on the accolades, as did groups representing Orthodox Jewish voters, thrilled at Pompeo’s unrelenting criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and his proudly hawkish views.

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