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1,500 rabbis accuse ADL of ‘misplaced charges of antisemitism’ in calling for Tucker Carlson’s firing

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In response to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) call for Fox News to fire host Tucker Carlson, the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) on Tuesday penned a letter accusing the organization of “grossly misplaced charges of antisemitism.”

The letter was backed by 1,500 traditional orthodox rabbis, who argued to ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt that “the ADL has become markedly partisan under your leadership.”

The ADL had called for Carlson to be fired because, in a Thursday segment on the program “Fox News Primetime,” the conservative firebrand claimed that Democrats are coordinating a “replacement” of current U.S. voters with immigrants from the “Third World.”

“I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” Carlson charged. “But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening actually. Let’s just say it: That’s true.”

Later in the segment, Carlson argued that the idea he was advocating was not racist, saying: “I mean, everyone wants to make a racial issue out of it. Oh, you know, the white replacement theory? No, no, no. This is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they’re importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that?”

The conspiracy theory that Jewish people are coordinating a “great replacement” of white Westerners with nonwhite immigrants is popular among white supremacists. This theory, as The Jerusalem Post noted, fueled the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, as well as other attacks. Infamously too, far-right marchers at the 2017 “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia chanted “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.”

On ADL’s blog, the organization wrote that “the alt right has gone from relative obscurity to being one of the United States’ most visible extremist movements,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

In the CJV’s letter, the signatories argued that—among other things—the ADL’s focuses on neo-Nazis of the “alt-right” too much when discussing the recent increase in antisemitic incidents in a published guide called “Naming the Hate,” charging that the guide says “nothing regarding for more dangerous, leftist adherents of radical Islam.”

Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch wrote to the ADL that Fox News will not be firing Carlson over claims that he endorsed “replacement theory.” Murdoch, in his response, cited Carlson’s statement that came later in the segment.

“A full review of the guest interview indicates that Mr. Carlson decried and rejected replacement theory,” Murdoch wrote in the letter on Sunday to Greenblatt. “As Mr. Carlson himself stated during the guest interview: ‘White replacement theory? No, no, this is a voting rights question.’”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

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Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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