From Frank:

 I've been a fan of yours for years (and would have voted for you for President) but the outrage directed at Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for her remarks about Israel is both uninformed and hypocritical. She is being pilloried for telling the truth. 

Since its enactment in 1938, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) has required that agents representing the interests of foreign powers in a "political or quasi-political capacity" disclose that relationship and publish information about related activities and finances. Israel, alone among all the world’s countries, has been specifically exempted from having to comply with this law. The threat this exemption poses to the integrity of our nation’s electoral processes is clear beyond question and completely unacceptable. Legislation should be immediately enacted to require that:

1. All nations, including Israel, comply fully with the Foreign Agents Registration Act.


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2. No one enjoying dual citizenship with ANY other nation can be employed in the Legislative, Executive, or Judicial branches of the U.S. government.

3. All members of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of the U.S. government disclose all contributions received from ANY foreign government or its agents.

It is not “anti-Semitic” to demand that United States be protected from the obvious conflict of interest threat to national security posed by the current state of affairs. The GOP's official position on this issue will come back to bite them. Americans are finally waking up.

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From the Gov:

Frank, I really appreciate your support, but I have to say it most certainly IS anti-Semitic to say things like, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.” There is nothing else this could be but a very specific slam at Jews. Face it, this woman, in her heart, is anti-Semitic and promotes a stereotypical and negative image of Jews. How well do you think it would go over if in the context of legislation affecting blacks a member of Congress tweeted something about “those people” being “shiftless”? I’d say a resolution of condemnation would be drawn up on the spot, and should be. And that person’s political career might very well be over (especially if he or she were a Republican). If it’s not enough for me to say it, I’ll let John Podhoretz reiterate it for me:


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“It’s really not hard to get to the bottom of this: When you say that Jews have magical hypnotic powers to control other people, you’re an anti-Semite. When you say Jews control people through money, you’re an anti-Semite. When you say Jews have conspired to make you apologize for saying anti-Semitic things, you’re an anti-Semite. Ilhan Omar is an anti-Semite.”

And later, “No one started this conversation about Ilhan Omar save Ilhan Omar and her fanatical and obsessional expressions of the most destructive form of hate in the modern era. It’s a scandal she was elected to Congress in the first place, but that’s the fault of the voters of her district, and they should suffer for their choice by seeing her sidelined and their interests ill-represented.”

https://nypost.com/2019/03/06/democrats-refusal-to-call-out-ilhan-omars-anti-semitism-is-just-appalling/

And while some in Congress are shamelessly trying to defend her with various forms of “She doesn’t mean to,” Podhoretz doesn’t mince words. Here’s an excerpt from another piece:


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“Let’s be clear here. Nobody baited Ilhan Omar into saying Jews were hypnotizing the world, or that Jews were controlling American politics with their money, or that Jews were engaged in a conspiracy to force her to apologize for her words. She said these things herself, on her own, without prompting. They have nothing to do with ‘policy,’ or with her pain as a Somali refugee, or anything else. They have to do with her idea that evil Jews are manipulating reality. This is as anti-Semitic as anti-Semitism gets.”

Frank, you seem to be echoing the numerous Democrats who say that condemning Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks is shutting down debate on legitimate policy issues, one of which you bring up in your letter. I like this observation from Joel B. Pollack at Breitbart News:

“In an attempt to contain the damage, Democrats are claiming they are protecting ‘legitimate criticism’ of Israel. But rather than saying, ‘We can criticize Israel, where appropriate, without resorting to vile anti-Semitic rhetoric,’ they are effectively saying, ‘We cannot criticize vile anti-Semitic rhetoric if it might be construed as legitimate criticism of Israel.’

“The party is giving a free pass to anti-Semitic bigotry — and criticism of Israel has nothing to do with it.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/06/democrats-phony-excuse-for-ilhan-omar-antisemitism-protect-legitimate-criticism-of-israel/

If Israel is exempted from the FARA law –- and, Frank, it would be more accurate to word this as “AGENTS of Israel,” as this law DOES NOT apply to governments at all but to individuals and entities acting on their behalf in this country –- that’s a policy matter that can certainly be discussed without anti-Semitic language. (Although in a way, Omar’s inability to phrase her thoughts diplomatically did us a favor by telling us exactly what we are dealing with.) It’s not anti-Semitic to want laws applied equally across the board, and we are all for that around here. I would add that this particular law appears to be rarely and inconsistently enforced --- gosh, it almost seems as if they save it to go after Trump associates with. Your three suggestions are more than worthy of discussion, but not by singling out Jews in the way Rep. Omar has done.


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So what exactly constitutes anti-Semitism? Without a definition, I suppose it’s kind of like the old observation about porn: “I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.” But in 2016, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) came up with a formal definition of anti-Semitism that is very straightforward. It reads in part, “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred for Jews.” They also published clear and detailed guidelines for what they consider to be expressions of anti-Semitism…

https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/sites/default/files/press_release_document_antisemitism.pdf

Here’s the part that clarifies the difference between legitimate policy discussions and anti-Semitism: “Manifestations [of anti-Semitism] might include the targeting of the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be considered as anti-Semitic.” In other words, discussions of policy towards Israel should be considered objectively and independently of the fact that it is a Jewish state. Frank, I think we all know that Rep. Omar and some others in Congress do not do that and in fact may be incapable of it because of their deep-seated prejudice.

 

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  • Bonnie Krueger

    03/18/2019 01:43 PM

    Bless you and THANK YOU! for speaking out and explaining to Frank (not that he will get it) ! if something is not done we could very well see anti-semiticism rising up to a dangerous level. People need to be reminded that History sometimes repeats itself!!! When I was a young girl I couldnt understand how the Holocaust could have happenend!!! Now its clearer and sadder to see when people in power do nothing but appease instigators it can get deadly. Wheres the hate speech police??? Thank you sir for speaking out!!! Sincerely, Bonnie Krueger
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  • Jane Keeney

    03/17/2019 01:39 PM

    Well said! Thank you.

  • Carol S McClain

    03/17/2019 01:21 PM

    Gov. Huckaby, Personally I have no idea how in the heck Muslims got into office in the first place, their allegiance isn't to this country , its to Allah and the Quran ,which tells them to kill us and Jewish people , while the media is crying poor Omar , where is the outrage for Christians being persecuted in counties like Egypt and Nigeria ?

  • Sharon Phillippi

    03/13/2019 03:52 PM

    HEAR !!! HEAR!!!

  • joseph orsini

    03/12/2019 02:40 PM

    There seems to be some confusion between citizens of Israel and members of the Jewish religion. Some citizens of Israel are not Jewish, and many Jews are not Israelis. When a "person" criticizes "Jews" as having some undesirable trait, they are criticizing all persons of the religion.

  • Richmond L. Nunn

    03/12/2019 12:25 PM

    Dear Gov Huckabee. I saw on the morning news that President TRUMP (whom I support wholeheartedly) said that because of the comments recently made about the Jewish community...that they are FINALLY leaving the Dimbocrap party. HALLELUJAH!! I have always wondered what drew them to a party that supported the KKK and their anti-semite views. Perhaps it was family tradition or somesuch..But I would rejoice if the Jewish community would go to the Republican party and use some common sense, especially when we need congress to get off of dead center and actually DO SOMETHING for the good of our country! (Like build a wall would be a good place to start)....

  • Kathryn J Rae

    03/12/2019 11:30 AM

    Regarding Ms Omar, no one is saying the obvious. If ANY other elected official, Christian, etc. were to say what she said, he/she would be chastised, not defended. She meant what she said. And, she clearly doubled down on it with further remarks. What are the people who represent us (especially, the Republicans) so afraid of? Not a week goes by that Catholics, Jews, Evangelicals, etc aren't criticized in this country. This Congresswoman's "own" faith may be why she has started on the Jewish people. If she is allowed to stay in her position, the Christians will be next. This should never have been tolerated.

  • Ed Bausell

    03/12/2019 10:28 AM

    Why do you give the top of your letter to the negative information pertaining to Israel. You only help promote their cause. You are appreciated, but sometimes I see a fault in your judgment. I also commented earlier about some of the advertisers you sell space to,
    who lure in the unsuspecting with offers of free samples, only to start sending high priced items, that were unintentionally agreed to. Thank you for the man you are. But, please do not tarnish your projected character by allowing space to the gainsayers and hucksters. Thank you.

  • Sarah J. Berkley

    03/12/2019 05:29 AM

    You go, Gov!

  • Judy Gregg

    03/12/2019 03:20 AM

    VERY WELL SAID!!! SHE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE!!!

  • Patricia McMahon

    03/12/2019 01:52 AM

    Well said, Gov. Huckabee. Right on the money.

  • Barbara Oligino

    03/12/2019 12:35 AM

    This woman has hatred in her heart for Jews and Christians. She is a danger and should not be an active participant in our government. She is offensive and frightening. How do we get her out?

  • Deborah Dickens

    03/11/2019 09:51 PM

    Bravo! Very well spoken. I hope the people who voted for hwr reconsider in the next election.

  • Vayva Elkins

    03/11/2019 09:16 PM

    Thank Heavens you had an excellent retort for dear old Frank! He’s a few bricks short of a load if his thoughts are to give credence to Omar!

  • Vernon R Freeck

    03/11/2019 09:11 PM

    I can see the Muslim Brother all over her and the other Two. We were told during the Obama regine they said that they were going to get to us one way or another, we just sit back and take it. Look at our congress so confused in how this nation was founded, they agree with the 3 Muslims and don't want step on them. We were founded on writings and sayings of CHRIST a JEW. See how great a Nation we became and now we want to change to religion that wants to kill us if we don't change. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

  • Louise Harsha

    03/11/2019 08:41 PM

    Just....... THANK YOU for your answer.

  • Gloria Watson

    03/11/2019 08:01 PM

    BINGO! I think you hit the nail squarely on the head, sir. If "Frank" can't see the error of his ways with the documentation you've provided, I wonder why he was a fan of yours for so many years? You certainly haven't changed (or "evolved" like SOME politicians) on your stance and political views on Israel. Thank you for speaking out...................

  • Douglas Morgan

    03/11/2019 07:27 PM

    I just want to ditto the comment from Marshall Suttles. He has it pegged 100% !!!

  • Robert Center

    03/11/2019 06:54 PM

    Dear Mike, Thank You for your response to Frank. I completely agree with you and your argument. This attitude against Israel and the Jews is a symptom of our time,”the last days “! Thank you again, Bob.

  • Larry Degen

    03/11/2019 06:31 PM

    Thank you Gov. Good reply

  • Jill donaldson

    03/11/2019 06:26 PM

    Excellent - so we’ll said!! You have a real God given talent to say it like it is (truth) and be respectful at the same time. I admire you so much, Governor Huckabee! May you continue to be used by God in such a masterful way! God Bless you!! Jill

  • James Carnine

    03/11/2019 06:02 PM

    I'll try this a second time.

    It was quite easy for me to detect that Frank's comments were prompted by CAIR due to his being an operative of theirs. This is how they work, (1) act like they agree with you on most issues, however, (2) once they have your attention they will disagree with the item they are advancing, then (3) they wonder what your problem is since it is clear you have one.

  • Ron Besse

    03/11/2019 06:02 PM

    Seems to be an awful lot words to describe the problem with Omar. Bottom line is; Muslims do not like any religion other than their own. Some of the more radical are inclined to either require you to convert and/or kill the non-believers. They even kill their own within the religion and in the same country due to which son of Mohammad (sp?) they follow. However, it is obvious to most that the Jewish population appear to be a major target of disdain.

  • Marshall W Abernathy

    03/11/2019 05:59 PM

    Well said. Thanks for explaining and providing references.

  • James C Kelly

    03/11/2019 05:16 PM

    Benjamins to me means $100 bills. I am disappointed if you are suggesting that Gov't officials do not respond most seriosly to $$$.