(CNN) – Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”
“If Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention,” Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida said at a panel about the shared agenda of Jewish and African-American Democrats Wednesday. Hastings, who is African-American, was explaining what he intended to tell his Jewish constituents about the presidential race. “Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through,” Hastings added as the room erupted in laughter and applause.
After telling attendees that the most important thing Jewish and African-American Democrats could do to support one another was to get Sen. Barack Obama elected president, Hastings had one more message: “For those of you like me that supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, she lost! Get over it!”
Hastings was joined on the panel by Rep. Steven Cohen of Tennessee, who is Jewish and represents a majority African-American district; Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, who is African-American and whose district includes many of the significant sites in the 1960’s civil rights movement; and Georgetown Law Prof. Peter Edelman, who was a legislative assistant to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
Cohen, who recently remarked that Jesus Christ was a community organizer, took his comments about the founder of the Christian faith further Wednesday. “A lot of what Jesus talks about is wonderful,” Cohen said. “Talks about helping people and lifting them up and caring about people who are sick and all those things. He’s a great Democrat.”
The panel was part of the National Jewish Democratic Council’s annual conference. The Jewish Democratic group recently voiced criticism of Palin’s invitation to an anti-Iran rally timed to coincide with Mahmoud Ahmedinajad’s visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Palin’s invitation was withdrawn by the rally’s organizers after Hillary Clinton announced that she would no longer be attending the event.
The support of Jewish voters is shaping up to be a highly sought after prize in the general election match-up between Sen. Obama and Sen. John McCain. Jews have historically favored Democrats by wide margins in recent presidential races. But, the McCain campaign is making a concerted effort to go after the loyal Democratic constituency and Obama has been plagued by false Internet rumors that he is Muslim which have had particular salience in the Jewish community.
Tell it like it is Congressman!
Listen up folks.
Vote Obama or else.
The tactics of humiliation, derision and shaming people into voting your way is what Obama means by change.
Is this still a democracy? Are we still all Americans?
Can AAs now say and claim anything just to advantage Obama?
Is this Hastings related to reverend Wright?
That is the most disgusting thing I have heard. Here are the Democrats using race and religion, and the fact that Hillary was there makes me sick. Hillary is nothing but a hate monger! I was a supporter, but now I am glad she lost!
Tell me Hill does not agree with this.
It troubles me that we have leaders like this in our Congress. This man is using reverse racism to stir up hate and get Obama elected. Pitiful.
What a ridiculous comment! It's racist and unnecessary. Don't like her because of her policies, not because she hunts and skins moose. We all have stuff that if scrutinized, would probably seem odd to some folks.
These comments are below someone who holds elected office. As a Jew, I find them extremely repulsive and these sort of comments push me away from the Democratic ticket.
Divide and conquer- the Obama MO.
Truth is irrelevant- just play the fear and the race cards.
Wow- how low can they go just to get Obama installed?
PALIN = A BUCKET OF FLUFF !!!!!
OH HERE WE GO .ITS OK FOR BLACKS TO TALK THIS CRAP BUT IF A WHITE GUY IT WOULD BE ALL OVER THE PLACE RACIST PIG.
I am totally for Obama, but that is one of the stupidest comment I have heard from either side this political season. Duh. Barack will be President and then we have a heck of alot of work to do to fix all the things that the GOP screwed up the past eight years, a heck of alot!!!
The Obamabots will see nothing wrong with these lies.
Hastings, you (and Hillary, who you supported) are old school and these are old school tactics. We don't need this kind of hate speech and divisiveness to win this election. Please get with the program.
All of you naysayers are way out of line – your comments are unjustified and due to this travesty I will be switching my vote to McGain/Palin
OMG how lame is this guy. Karen is right people flocked to Jesus he didn't go out and community organize them together. LOL Maybe these surrogates of Obama should start reading the Bible to get their facts right.
What is scary is the belief that Americans are so vulnerable right now that they will fall for this hate.
Just like Europe did in the 1930s.
No force... no lies... no intimidation... no hate just to sway the vote to the least qualified candidate.
that is the most racist statement to come from this entire election season so far. Congradualions Dems!
What a joke. The double standards in this country are outrageous. A woman can't care about African American or Jewish voters simply because he hunts moose?
Can you imagine the outrage if a white politician said this about a minority candidate??
These comments are a disgrace.
Uh, THIS is Obama's politics of CHANGE? Race-baiting and anti-semitism?
Obama have to invite Mccain first at everything. But Republican will always say Obama doesn't work bi-partisanship.
Good enough to be a leader.
lol totally dont get the comparison either.
I wish we could just text our votes in already, and let Ryan Seacrest announce the results, this election is getting real pathetic. Because people hunt, they dont like jews or blacks, I fail to see the corralation, but wouldnt expect anything less from a republicrat.
So, he's saying that Sarah Palin doesn't care about Jews and blacks because she believes in the right to bear arms and that she hunts?
We hear from the left that race will be an issue in this election, but the only ones talking about race as a factor is the left.
I no longer have words to describe the disgust I feel. Not just for people like Hastings, but for those who clap and laugh at their hate mongering.
The McCain campaign are actually giving us all the clearest indication of their estimation of Palin's ability to fill the roll of vice president. If they do not think that she is capable of fielding questions from the press, they cannot think that she is capable of being the vice president (or, heavens help us, the president). I am not a reporter, in any way affiliated with media, or a politico. I am "just" a citizen. However even I understand this. I wish others understood this as well.