On Thursday, Greg Raths, Republican primary candidate for California’s 40th Congressional District, went on an antisemitic rant at an Orange County Islamic Foundation forum.
Greg Raths is the former mayor of Mission Viejo and Republican primary candidate for California’s 40th Congressional District. He attended an Orange County Islamic Foundation forum on Thursday, where he made antisemitic statements, reports The Jerusalem Post.
“These politicians go where the money is, unfortunately. The Jewish community is very well organized in the US, and they control a lot of politicians,” Raths stated. “That’s why the foreign aid is so large and is going to Israel. The Jewish community has never given me one dime, so I’m not beholden to them at all.”
After receiving heavy criticism from Jewish community leaders, Raths apologized, claiming that he was “referencing how politically engaged the American Jewish community is in Washington, DC.”
He said he wasn’t antisemitic: “God no, hell no, my brother is Jewish.”
His website condemns the BDS movement and endorses the two-state solution. Despite this, the national political director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Sam Markstein, also called Raths’ statements antisemitic.
The nonprofit organization Stop Antisemitism immediately tweeted in response that Raths’s statements „must be condemned ASAP.”