Representative Elaine Luria, D-Va., Accused Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, of propagating an “anti-Semitic conspiracy theory” by claiming that left-wing billionaire George Soros inserted liberal agents in Virginia school boards. The Youngkin campaign and an Orthodox Jewish rabbi both rejected Luria’s claim.
“I call her in my own party and I call her now”, Luria declared on Twitter. “Bringing up George Soros as a shadow financier is an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. It is an unacceptable statement from Glenn Youngkin.”
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In a speech to Burke on Tuesday, Youngkin asserted that “George Soros-backed allies” in “the liberal liberal left movement” have “inserted political agents into our school system,” into school boards.
The Youngkin campaign ridiculed the idea that the claim was “anti-Semitic.” A spokesperson told Fox News that Luria’s claim was “ridiculous partisan nonsense.”
“She can discuss it with the Washington Post and Politico, which have done a lot of reporting on George Soros pumping money into Democratic campaigns in Virginia,” the spokesperson added.
In April 2019, the Washington Post published an article explaining how a PAC funded by George Soros impacted two prosecutor races in Northern Virginia. In August 2016, Politico published an article detailing “George Soros’ quiet overhaul of the US justice system,” funneling “more than $ 3 million into seven local district attorney campaigns in six states in the past year. “.
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A PAC initiated by Soros donated $ 625,000 to various statewide races in Virginia in 2019. Soros-funded prosecutor candidates swept the Virginia election that year. The prosecutor who requested jail time for the father whose daughter was allegedly sexually assaulted by a robed student in a girls’ bathroom has ties to Soros and Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat running against Youngkin. As recently as June, Soros spent $ 200,000 on yet another race of prosecutors in Virginia.
Soros seems to have also helped Luria herself. According to FEC data, Soros donated $ 5,000 to PAC TO THE FUTURE in December 2019, which turned around and donated $ 10,000 to the Elaine Luria campaign in 2020.
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Director General of the Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents some 1,500 Orthodox Jew rabbis, condemned Luria’s suggestion that exposing Soros’ activism constitutes an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
“It’s ridiculous to say that because Soros is a rich Jew, if you criticize him, you are chasing Jewish money,” Menken told Fox News. “Anti-Semitism is too real and too dangerous to be used as a partisan club.”
“It’s not only true that Soros tried to adapt education and policing to his partisan vision,” Menken continued. “It also funds groups that condemn Israel for placing barriers in front of suicide bombers, promote the free entry of Hamas terrorists into Israel and accuse Israel of Arab terrorism. He specifically named the Arab-American Institute, who condemned the Israeli barriers, and Ilam, a network that Soros funds and which Menken says accuses Israel of Arab terrorism.
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“Soros’ work clearly endangers Jewish and American lives,” Menken said. “To oppose him is not anti-Semitic, it is a mitzvah,” a commandment and a laudable act.
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