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Randy Fine: Why Chris King’s comments matter and why as a fellow Harvard alum I know | Opinion

Sun-Sentinel

Randy Fine

October 3, 2018

In 1998, while a student at Harvard College, Chris King ran for president of the Harvard student government, the Undergraduate Council. He lost. In reflecting on his campaign the following year in a Newhouse News Service article, King blamed the Harvard Student newspaper, the Crimson, for his loss. “I was nailed to the cross,” said King, in referring to the coverage of his race by the Crimson. “And most of the editorial staff that was so hard on me, the vast majority were Jewish.”

After the comment surfaced earlier this year during his ill-fated race for governor, King did not deny making the statement, apologized and claimed it was “at odds with [his] beliefs.”

Baloney. King is an anti-Semite, plain and simple. I’ll tell you how I know. I was a Harvard undergraduate around the same time as King. I graduated in 1996; two years before King’s ill-fated election. I was involved in the Undergraduate Council as well, and I even had my own run-ins with the Crimson. Oh, and I’m Jewish.

These comments were anti-Semitic slurs perpetuating centuries of anti-Jewish sentiment. Chris King lost an election — he blamed the Jews. Period.

That was 20 years ago. It happened in college. Why should we hold this against him? Can’t we assume he has learned from his mistakes?

He hasn’t. Guess who Chris King blamed when his quote surfaced? Yes, you’ve got it — the Jews. He blamed his Jewish primary opponent in the governor’s race. Apparently, the Jews are still “out to get” Chris King.

So why would Andrew Gillum select someone with King’s record, when there were so many other options? Because he either shares those views or is willing to tolerate people with those views. You don’t cavort with CAIR — an unindicted co-conspirator in financing terrorism — or work with the Dream Defenders, modern day anti-Semites who openly glorify terrorists, if you don’t subscribe to it.

If Andrew Gillum and Chris King are elected, how will they treat our large Jewish population here in Florida? No one can question Ron DeSantis’ record on supporting Israel and fighting anti-Semitism.

Read the entire OpEd on www.sun-sentinel.com.

 

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