My buddy Jaime Abeytia didn't learn the first few times that religious and ethnic intolerance doesn't look good on him. You read/watch his post HERE.
I know a few of you pointed out that Jaime is flat out lying about how the crowd reacted to Dori's answer. You say it's not even worth mentioning on my blog since it's all a lie and the people in attendance know the truth. The problem is that the people not in attendance don't know the truth.
The inside track here is that the event was poorly run. It was a mass of people tied to each individual campaign. Zero undecided Democratic voters attended. This only served to allow guys like Jaime to film "gotcha moments" of the candidates. Each of those candidates not named Vero would have done themselves a favor ditching that debate and going and talking to voters on the streets instead.
Jaime's question was about the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Jaime was allowed to ask a question because the organizers of the event had people draw numbers lottery style and got to ask a question if their number was picked. This was done in coordination with Vero's campaign. Why? Because she knew she'd have more plants in the room than anyone else and since she knew of the lottery questions, her folks would be prepared with questions. Other campaigns have told me they weren't aware of this setup or didn't understand how it would work. One candidate's advisor (not Dori's) complained that they were basically doing a modified version of letting the candidates ask each other questions without the candidates themselves having to take the heat for the question asked. In comes Jaime... Who was armed with a planned Jew-shaming question. I hear Vero's other supporters in the room were armed with the same question just in case they won the question lottery.
From the very beginning Vero, through Jaime and the El Paso Times, has been pushing the "but she's a JEW!" narrative. I don't know why people think that would play well in El Paso, but they did it anyway. I have said many times that this move is no different than when Republicans insisted on saying "Barrack HUSSEIN Obama" when referring to the president for eight years. It was a not-so-subtle hint at his perceived ethnic/religious background. Vero should have denounced the antisemitism from the start. She has said nothing. I'm not sure why.
Jaime's question was a planned attack on Dori's faith. The move of the embassy isn't even a Republican vs. Democrat thing. In fact, Democrats made it happen in the first place. Trump is just the guy who got tired of people using it to dangle the carrot in front of Jewish political donors who wanted the promise honored. Democrats were upset because everything the president does upsets them. You might have noticed that shortly after he made the move all the top elected Democrats shut their mouths... they were on on record supporting what the president did. This mean Jaime's question only served to point out that Dori is Jewish.
I'm not going to argue the whole foreign policy bit here other than to say that if this upset the Muslims around the world - were they all that happy with us before this happened? No. In America we are in a bubble where we treat people of the Jewish faith fairly and with respect. The vast majority of the rest of the world... not so much. Wait until you visit a country where they call the Holocaust "a modest start." And I'm not talking about a shithole country.
The pro-Palestinian groups out there are backed by antisemites and terrorists. When you dig into who is behind the scenes pulling the strings - you'll quickly change your mind about that movement (your congressman did). It's cool to be pro-Palestine when you're young and liberal and a contrarian. When you're smart enough to figure out who's behind it - you tend to change your mind if you're not crazy.
As expected every candidate but Dori was against the moving of the embassy. Dori is okay with the move and explained why. Jaime claims that she was resoundingly booed by the crowd. I've watched his video... you hear two people booing and then about four clapping. It was hardly notable given what you normally see between factions at local political debates. In fact, the premise that this was significant other than Jaime's attempt to Jew-shame Dori is laughable. Nothing happened. Two of Vero's campaign members booed and four of Dori's campaign members clapped... big whoop.
You have to wonder what is pushing Jaime to post such nonsense. What is the point of creating enemies? You gotta wonder if Vero will put down what she's paying Jaime on her campaign finance reports.