The call went specifically to elderly Jewish senior citizens which is a smart move, Senior citizens are the most reliable voters in the nation and they show up to polls in percentages than larger all other demographics.
However, the Gingrich call was an uttrerly shameful pitch to Jewish senior citizens that essentially chose to exploit the Holocaust and make a comparison that suggests even the Nazi’s didn’t force Jews to eat non-kosher food, but Mitt Romney did.
The allegation is based on a measure which Romney vetoed as the Governor of Massachusetts but the truth is the bill never actually prevented kosher food from being served to Jewish residents in various facilities, and Romney’s veto did not cut any funding for kosher food services have but merely vetoed additional funds. The ultimate decision not serve kosher food certain nursing homes was actually made by individual nursing homes which did have a substantial enough Jewish population in their facilities.
As a supporter of Newt, even I must admit that this robocall was in extremely poor taste and in many ways, even offensive.
The Holocaust is too significant a tragedy in world history to exploit and trivialize by introducing it in to shallow politics with distortions, lies, and such sheer maliciousness.
After South Carolina, I was confident that Newt needed to go after the Jewish vote in Florida. One reason was because he has an incredible record on Israel that could have greatly appealed to the Jewish community. But I never meant for him to go after the Jewish vote by angering senior citizens over the Holocaust and comparing Mitt Romney to Nazi’s.
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