Republican leader called ‘anti-Semitic’ for accusing far-left Jewish billionaires of ‘buying Congress’

George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg “essentially bought control of Congress for the Democrats,” says NRCC Chairman, Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota.

By World Israel News Staff 

A letter sent by Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) chairman, saying that wealthy Jews “bought” Congress has been called anti-Semitic by local Jewish leaders, reports the Minnesota-based The American Jewish World.

In complaining against an apparent unwillingness to highlight Republican accomplishments, Emmer writes, according to the newspaper, that “the news of impactful, real progress on turning our nation around was undercut by biased media and hundreds of millions of dollars of anti-Republican propaganda put out by liberal special interests, funded by deep-pocketed far-left billionaires George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg.”

The letter reportedly goes on to charge that “these left-wing radicals essentially bought control of Congress for the Democrats.”

Soros and Bloomberg are Jews, and Steyer had a Jewish father, notes The American Jewish World.

“The idea that Jews are behind a conspiracy to undermine society or control government is pretty classic anti-Semitism, and we know that these words can lead to real violence – recall that the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter was motivated by the belief that Jewish money was behind the migrant caravan approaching our southern border,” said Carin Mrotz, executive director of St. Paul-based Jewish Community Action, says the newspaper.

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However, NRCC spokesman Chris Pack defended the letter, arguing that “there is nothing anti-Semitic about drawing attention to billionaire donors and who they are giving money to.” Pack is said to have emailed the response to the Jewish World.

In a statement, says the paper, Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, criticized Emmer’s letter but called the congressman “a good friend to the Jewish community in Minnesota.”

The Republican congressman’s letter appears to have been circulated around March of this year as part of what is called the “Truth About Republicans Survey,” says The American Jewish World.

Minnesota has been in the news over repeated anti-Israel comments by Democratic Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has also injected anti-Semitic tropes in her comments.

“When it actually does come to anti-Semitism, the NRCC will continue holding the Democrats in Congress accountable for turning a blind eye to the rabid anti-Semites within their ranks,” NRCC’s Pack said, according to the Minnesota Jewish paper.