Hillary tries to deal with her (Max) Blumenthal problem
Hillary distances herself from Blumenthal’s toxic politics after smear of Elie Wiesel.
Long ago, I foresaw that Hillary Clinton eventually would have to come to grips with her Max Blumenthal problem. That problem was that Max’s toxic anti-Israel politics would become a political liability Hillary could not ignore despite her affection for and affliction with Max’s father, Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal.
On May 19, 2015, I wrote that Hillary has a Blumenthal Problem – Two of Them:
Not long after that, on July 1, 2015, I wrote Anti-Israel activist Max Blumenthal now a Hillary 2016 problem:
I knew that Hillary was going to have a Blumenthal problem for her 2016 campaign.
But I expected that the problem would be Max Blumenthal, son of close Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal.
Max, the virulently anti-Israel activist, has been the subject of much controversy because of his penchant for vituperative and outlandish attacks on Israel, not the least of which was his call for Israeli Jews to be indigenized after the end of the Jewish state. See our Max Blumenthal Tag for some background.
The issue with Max was whether Hillary could have Sidney as an advisor given Sidney’s seeming support for Max’s antics, if not his anti-Israel agenda. Buzzfeed reported on the problem back in November 2013, Clinton Adviser Sid Blumenthal’s New Cause: His Son’s Anti-Israel Book….
Max Blumenthal is toxic to any mainstream political candidate. Indeed, he’d be too toxic even to most left-wing candidates, his anti-Israel venom is so notorious.
Max’s anti-Israel conspiracy theories were a big hit with the Overland Park shooter. Liberal professor and author Eric Alterman termed Max’s book, Goliath, The Israel Haters Handbook.
Recently, Max and a friend chased a German lawmaker into a bathroom because the lawmaker called them anti-Semites…
Things just got a whole lot more interesting.
…the latest batch of Sidney’s emails shows that contrary to Hillary’s claim that she just received unsolicited advice, Sidney served a Svengali-like (or is it Rasputin-like) role in Hillary’s foreign policy thinking. Obama told Hillary to stay away from Sidney when it came to foreign policy, but Hillary seemed to be addicted to the long-time Clinton confidant.
Hillary has managed to ignore Max’s politics despite Max regularly pushing the comparison between Zionism and Nazism, including favoring this cartoon showing the founder of modern Zionism giving birth to Hitler:
Max has been pushing lately the false claim that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis, which has been thoroughly debunked:
Hillary’s Max Blumenthal problem now is even worse, after Max unleashed a torrent of tweets attacking Elie Wiesel shortly after his death.
The tweets — soon joined by sidekicks of Blumenthal — demanded that in death Wiesel should not be honored based on alleged misdeeds by Wiesel.
Israelly Cool was the first to call attention to the attack, Israel Haters Trample On Elie Wiesel:
Elie Wiesel went from a victim of war crimes to a supporter of those who commit them. He did more harm than good and should not be honored.
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) July 2, 2016
For a good take-down of these attacks, see Anshel Pfeffer’s column at Haaretz, On Palestinians, Elie Wiesel Had Nothing to Apologize For, and the hundreds if not thousands of people who worked with him over the decades.
The attacks were classic Blumenthal — get personal, distort someone’s record and life, and most of all, guilt by association. Here is the classic Blumenthal guilt by association attack paradigm:
Target meets/greets/was seen with/knows Mr. X.
Mr. X did abc bad things
Therefore, Target is imputed with abc bad things.
Blumenthal was then joined in by other Israel haters and BDS movement leaders, who repeated Blumenthal’s attacks. They also claimed that Wiesel supported “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians based on Wiesel’s support for Israel and the right of Jews to live in places beyond the 1949 Armistice Line, like the Jewish Quarter of the Old City (which actually was ethnically cleansed of Jews by the Jordanians).
This fit a pattern of Blumenthal’s life, so aptly summed up by Andrew Breitbart (You NEED to watch the whole video from the beginning, the embed below is marked to start where Breitbart confronts him:
You are ridiculous
You are a joke
You are a despicable human being
You’re the lowest life form that I’ve ever seen
You’re entire job is trying to destroy people with Alinsky tactics…
You have been programmed by some ungodly creature to be this character of hatred…
This is guilt by association, because you’re a punk, you destroy people
Because you try to destroy people’s lives through innuendo, in-u-endo, in-u-endo
in order to destroy people’s lives
The attack on Wiesel over Israel made Max more politically toxic than ever in a country which overwhelmingly and at near historical highs supports Israel.
It was too much politically for Hillary to ignore. As reported in The Tower, which also refuted Blumenthal’s claims, Clinton Campaign Condemns Anti-Zionist Journalist, Son of Close Advisor
The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign publicly condemned a son of one her close advisers after he denounced the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel after Wiesel’s death….
“Secretary Clinton emphatically rejects these offensive, hateful, and patently absurd statements about Elie Wiesel,” Jake Sullivan, senior policy aide to the Clinton campaign, said in a statement to The Jerusalem Post.
She believes they are wrong in all senses of the term. She believes that Max Blumenthal and others should cease and desist in making them. Elie Wiesel was a hero to her as he was to so many, and she will keep doing everything she can to honor his memory and to carry his message forward.
Hillary finally is recognizing her Max Blumenthal problem. But I’m not sure she has dealt with it.
Hillary is addicted to Max’s father, Sidney, so expect Max to be kept at a safe distance only for now. If Hillary takes over the White House, Sidney likely will be whispering in her ear again, and passing along more of Max’s anti-Israel propaganda.
[Featured Image: Max Blumenthal with Rasmea Odeh, convicted supermarket bomber and murderer of two Israeli university students.]
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I absolutely agree that Max is a despicable piece of garbage and Hillary a whole Dumpster-full, but isn’t your article itself accusing Hillary of guilt-by-association? Help me understand how that’s not the case. Or that you’re deliberately turning an Alinsky tactic against an Alinskyite (I have no problem with that, if so). Otherwise, I have to conclude you have a bit of a blind spot here, Professor.
The problem is that Sid actively promotes Max’s ideas, and Sid is not just some casual acquaintance of Hillary’s, next to Huma he’s probably her closest adviser and confidant. And a close association is a good indicator of a person’s character: “tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”. Hence the complaint that 0bama palled around with terrorists was not guilt-by-association but 100% justified. The same applies here. When you lie down with dogs…
Exactly. And while the media is so eager – almost giddy – to tie anything “racist” to Trump including overturning rocks to try and find a KKK member, they are completely disinterested in how close Hillary and both Blumenthals are. Max may be closer to Bill, but both are still confidants to the duo.
I wasn’t talking about the merits (or lack thereof) of the individuals, other than to say Max & Hillary are scum. I was referring more to the tactics and the bit of irony involved. Just look at how the Prof lays out the attack paradigm. Don’t get me wrong, publicizing her close relationship with Max, by way of Sid, is perfectly legitimate. I strongly suspect she’s nearly as big an anti-Semite as Max.
I don’t think she is an anti-semite in the official sense but will turn whatever colour is needed at the time to win.
She should be a Muslim because of her excessive use of taqiyya.
Daiwa, who is paying you to write this tripe? Brock or Soros?
Ha! I don’t care who you are, that’s funny, right there.
Psychologically, there may be some varying motives going on inside Blumenthal fils’s head. I mean, if he actually believes in the veracity of the venom and transparent propaganda that he’s helping to propagate, then, simply put, he’s as dumb as a box of rocks and intellectually lazy.
Or, if (as I suspect), Blumenthal is merely attempting to slavishly prove his radical Leftist bona fides in an attempt to pass Leftist ideological “purity” tests and further ingratiate himself with the anti-Semite crowd that is in vogue on the Left, as well as somehow attempt to “cleanse” himself of a heritage that he views as undesirable and a hindrance to his ascending to prominence in Leftist circles, then, his psychological issues are quite profound and he should seek immediate counseling.
His mother is/was a gentile. So, technically, he’s off that hook.
Hillary will keep Sid and Max close, even if she distances herself…
Enough secular left Jews have sympathy with Blumenthal to provide cover. Others share his mentality.
Blumenthal is short on decency and compassion, not to mention accuracy, while too often acting the role of God.
The more publicity he gets, the more awareness, which is needed more before change can take hold.
Maybe I misunderestimate this whole deal, but it seems that Hellary and the Blumenthals did the whole Libya thingy as part of a move to capture oil.
Or am I wrong…
This young Blumenthal clown is a very angry and warped adult. He has something to prove, and he can never ‘prove’ it to rational people, who see him for what he is, so he takes up with lunatics, where he fits in.
He has some serious mommy and/or daddy problems. Their his problems, not ours.
The boys clearly looking to make a name for himself. Establish his own brand.
The father fills the toilet. The son swims in it & sounds with the fathers turd dolphins.
“… because of his penchant for vituperative and outlandish attacks on Israel, not the least of which was his call for Israeli Jews to be indigenized after the end of the Jewish state. ”
This demonstrates his ignorance. Who were and are the indigenous people of the state? Certainly not Mohammad and the Arabs who only came centuries later when they invaded and Occupied the area.
It was only after the First World War that the British brought in Arabs from what became Syria, and from Egypt. Before that there were centuries old communities in Hebron, Safed and other places. Jersalem had a majority Jewish population in the 1800s.
“She believes they are wrong in all senses of the term. She believes that Max Blumenthal and others should cease and desist in making them.”
…until after the election, anyway.