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GOP Official Won’t Apologize for Antisemitic Joke

By: JTA

A GOP official in Virginia refused to apologize for an antisemitic joke, although the party’s candidate for governor called it inappropriate.

“I did not tell an antisemitic joke,” John Whitbeck, the Republican Party’s chairman in its 10th Congressional District, in northern Virginia, told the Free Beacon on Wednesday. “I told a joke I heard from a priest at a church service.”

Whitbeck, introducing Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general and GOP candidate for governor, at a rally on Tuesday related a joke with a punchline that had Jews seeking payment from the Vatican for the Last Supper.

Cuccinnelli, who was not present when Whitbeck told the joke, said it was inappropriate.

“Obviously I think it was inappropriate,” Cuccinelli, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “It’s certainly unfortunate and something if I had heard it at the time, I would have spoken to right there. Certainly not an appropriate thing to carry into the public discussion we’re having.”

Ron Halber, the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington said Whitbeck’s joke “has no place in civil political discourse and it was inappropriate and offensive.” Halber praised Cuccinelli for repudiating it.

Whitbeck, who did not return a request from JTA for comment, told the Free Beacon that the controversy was manufactured by Democrats and their allies.

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12 Responses to “GOP Official Won’t Apologize for Antisemitic Joke”

  1. Marianna Mujnoo says:

    What was the joke ?

  2. Marianna Mujnoo says:

    Really ? Was this enough to go to print ? Cannot even find it on Google … let it go my friend, let it go

  3. Michael Tarkoff says:

    A racist joke gets a boycott. An anti-Islamic joke gets violence. But anti-Semitic, we’re told let it go? I don’t think so!

  4. Marianna Mujnoo says:

    @Michael … what was the joke ??? Can you find it ?

  5. Marianna Mujnoo says:

    What was the joke ?

  6. Sharon Kent-Needham says:

    Unfortunately, jokes are made about Jews and Christians and Christian Gun Owners etc. all the time. With all the other problems in this world, people need to be careful what they say, because it's best to be polite. AND some need to grow thicker skins. There will always be some loudmouthed idiot that thinks he's funny when he throws out racial slurs. We know things like that aren't funny, they are condescending but passed on by insecure people who can't live without being that way. GOP? No. One lone person does not represent the GOP. McCain in the ME, however, is a black mark on GOP..

  7. Sharon Kent-Needham says:

    Unfortunately, jokes are made about Jews and Christians and Christian Gun Owners etc. all the time. With all the other problems in this world, people need to be careful what they say, because it's best to be polite. AND some need to grow thicker skins. There will always be some loudmouthed idiot that thinks he's funny when he throws out racial slurs. We know things like that aren't funny, they are condescending but passed on by insecure people who can't live without being that way. GOP? No. One lone person does not represent the GOP. McCain in the ME, however, is a black mark on GOP..

  8. David Bishop says:

    Foot in the mouth is a disease common to every belief system, race, academic level, and will probably never be cured. It is unfortunate that anyone would lower themselves to such behavior.

  9. Alan Kardon says:

    If politicians are stupid enough to put their foot in their mouth should we be stupid enough to support them? We have to many problems to let idiots run our country. It is time for a change, lets get intelligent people in Washington first chance we get. That is true term limits.

  10. Alan Kardon says:

    If politicians are stupid enough to put their foot in their mouth should we be stupid enough to support them? We have to many problems to let idiots run our country. It is time for a change, lets get intelligent people in Washington first chance we get. That is true term limits.

  11. Yechiel Baum says:

    an anti-Semitic joke taught by the church is something new and this GOP is running for office is expected to be an elected official for all of the people or for the anti-Semitic church? Wake up world. Don't rely on the pagans.

  12. Hey Jews, stop complaining! Just once stop screaming!!!! Don't you get tired of feeling like children?!!! Don't you think that your organized community's outcries are patronizing?! Doesn't it occur to you that perhaps you don't need to feel "rescued" ALL OF THE TIME like some damsel in distress cliche? Why can't you brush off ONE thing, just ONCE!? You are all such insane cowards! The ADL screamed at a Chicago Newspaper for having a crossword puzzle whose clue was "Shylock" and whose answer was "Jew". Was that tantamount to being sent to gas chambers?! You're allowed to kill Palestinians without penalty and to tell Europeans what behavior you find acceptable in media, academia, politics, foreign wars etc., but NOOOOOO, this is outrageous!!! You people are truly insane hypocrites.

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