Fox News goy wonders aloud if Jews supporting Iran deal aren’t really Jews

The goys at Fox News have an awfully good idea of what Jews should think about the Iran deal, especially for having no idea what Jews actually think about the Iran deal.

Last night Fox News’s Eric Bolling, filling in for Bill O’Reilly, had Richard Grenell and Richard Goodstein on to debate not just the Iran deal, but the motives of supporters and opponents of the Iran deal.

Here’s the video, via Media Matters:

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Bolling led off by asking Goodstein if President Obama really meant it when he said that opponents of the deal didn’t care what was in it, to which Goodstein replied that, yes, he clearly meant it because Republicans were trashing the deal before its text was even released.

Goodstein then noted that conservatives were using the same “appeasement” language to describe this deal that they used to describe Reagan’s talks with Gorbachev toward the end of the Cold War.

But things got a bit more interesting when the discussion turned to Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat who recently came out in opposition to the deal. Goodstein argued that Schumer’s opposition to the deal was in fact a good sign for the deal’s overall prospects, as Schumer likely wouldn’t have opposed it if he thought his no vote would be instrumental in blocking the deal itself.

Bolling agreed, but then argued that Schumer’s “conscience” should be the most trusted voice on the merits of the deal, because he’s in line for a leadership position and is himself Jewish. Since he represents the same constituency as Kristen Gillibrand, who isn’t Jewish and is for the deal, that must mean that Schumer’s opposition to the Iran deal is based in his sincerely held religious beliefs, right?

Bolling, Grenell and Goodstein, screenshot via Media Matters

Bolling, Grenell and Goodstein, screenshot via Media Matters

To which Goodstein began to rattle off a list of Jewish senators who have come out in support of the bill — Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Brian Schatz. Bolling found this unconvincing, offering that those senators are simply voting their “Democratic ideology” instead of their Jewish conscience.

And here I didn’t think I was old enough to remember a time when conservatives were worried about religious conscience trumping the national interest.

Never mind that the LA Jewish Journal has already found that American Jews are more likely than the rest of the public to both have an opinion on and approve of the Iran deal, supporting it by a 48-28 margin as opposed to a 28-24 plurality with the rest of the American public. In order for Bolling to be right — in order for nearly half of American Jews to support the Iran deal despite the only correct opinion based in Jewish “conscience” being opposition — nearly half of American Jews must in fact be faking it. We aren’t real.

It’s a common line from Republican goyim, and it’s positively infuriating. Especially when a whole lot of Jews that Republicans normally listen to are coming out in favor of the deal! Like Israeli intelligence and military officials.

Just because Eric Bolling can’t wrap his head around the idea that Jews who want to avoid another war in the Middle East, especially if that war involves nuclear weapons, would be in favor of an agreement designed to prevent that war, doesn’t mean he gets to call those Jews posers. Not when the president of United Against a Nuclear Iran, an organization diametrically opposed to the deal, quits his post after reading through the deal and deciding it’s worth implementing.

So please, let’s stop telling Jews how they should think and feel, shall we?

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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7 Responses to “Fox News goy wonders aloud if Jews supporting Iran deal aren’t really Jews”

  1. ECarpenter says:

    Goysplaining? I thought all non-Jews were Goys, not just idiots like Bowling. How does the term “Goysplaining” do anything but accuse all Goys of being idiots, when it’s only people like Bowling who should be targeted here?

  2. slideguy says:

    “First, I have no idea WHY Chuck Schumer decided to oppose the deal. He’s up for reelection next year”

    You just answered your own question. It’s not just that AIPAC will cut off their usual donations to his campaign, but also the millions they will give his opponent. If he were to vote for this deal, it’s almost certain that his Senate seat would go to the Republicans. So you can bet folding money that Harry Reid gave him a dispensation to vote against the deal so as not to lose that senate seat. He’s done it before, with Missouri’s Claire McCaskill on the ACA, and Montana’s John Tester on gun issues.

    If they have the votes to pass the bill, why force Schumer to lose his seat? That would do serious damage to Democrats in the Senate.

  3. EdA says:

    First, I have no idea WHY Chuck Schumer decided to oppose the deal. He’s up for reelection next year, but opposing a deal that large numbers of his constituents, particularly including Jewish constituents, support is more likely to result in people casting a blank than in voting for him. And contrary to his own propaganda, which I hope he doesn’t believe, not only doesn’t Bibi Netanyahu speak for all Jews, he barely speaks for a plurality of Israelis.

    In fact, a MUCH more important question goes to the motivations of people, especially fundamentalist Christianists, who oppose the deal. By their own boasting, many of them believe in the literal truth of the Bible, and a grotesque number seem to believe in the second coming of Jesus, which is to be preceded by war in the Middle East and the evaporation of those of us Jews who choose not to spend eternity in the company of psychopaths.

    I doubt very much that Chuck Todd would ever ask any of them what, if anything, any of them think, and it’s a sure bet that no one on Faux News ever would. But I think that it’s a fair question to ask whether they feel that the possibility of bringing about Armageddon is worth the risk of bringing about the end of the United States as anyone would want to know it.

  4. HeartlandLiberal says:

    And Kosher Bacon. Yum.

  5. MoonDragon says:

    Is the monolithic Jew like the monolithic Communist? I remember in Jr. Hi having a friend whose dad was a Bircher (VP of local chapter) who insisted all Communists thought exactly alike. There was, in her mind as molded by her dad, no difference between a Russian Communist, a Chinese Communist, a Vietnamese Communist, Cuban Communist, or an African Communist. Each and every one of them held the same exact atheistic (read non-Christian) world view, and had come to it by the exact same process and had NOT had that political/economic/sociological position informed by their life experiences. I guess all Jews must hold the same beliefs, arrived at by the same process, in a similar fashion. Besides, if a so-called “Jew” supports a plan that might delay Armageddon, maybe it would give Jesus time to rethink coming back and sucking all those good, right thinking “Christians” up to Heaven without having to go through that messy dying thing. We couldn’t have that, could we?

  6. Indigo says:

    Explaining what Jews think and how they feel about things in general was a poular pseudo-intellectual activity back in the early 20th century, especially in Germany.

  7. 2karmanot says:

    JINO’s eat dessert bagels!

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