Kamala Harris Skips AIPAC, then Meets with AIPAC
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is facing a torrent of criticism from the left after she met with California delegates to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, DC, on Monday — after joining other Democratic presidential contenders in skipping the conference.
Last week, the left-wing MoveOn.org called on Democratic presidential candidates to boycott the conference, and congratulated Harris for doing so:
& the list of 2020 presidential candidates who have made the decision to #SkipAIPAC continues to grow. Thank you for your leadership here @PeteButtigieg, @ewarren, @BernieSanders, @KamalaHarris, @JulianCastro, @BetoORourke, @JayInslee… who is next? pic.twitter.com/Bol61vv8Bc
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) March 21, 2019
However, on Monday, Harris met with AIPAC delegates from he home state, who joined thousands of other activists on Capitol Hill this week in lobbying members of Congress to support a strong U.S.-Israel alliance.
Great to meet today in my office with California AIPAC leaders to discuss the need for a strong U.S.-Israel alliance, the right of Israel to defend itself, and my commitment to combat anti-Semitism in our country and around the world. pic.twitter.com/83Yrrbw4Q8
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) March 25, 2019
AIPAC tweeted its appreciation:
We are delighted that as part of AIPAC Policy Conference our leadership met with @SenKamalaHarris who reiterated her support for the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship. #AIPAC2019https://t.co/nqdrQymd4z
— AIPAC (@AIPAC) March 25, 2019
But “progressives” who dislike Israel were outraged, and accused Harris of opportunism and hypocrisy:
lmao @ Kamala Harris, always riding the fence. Makes a big deal out of skipping AIPAC for the headlines, but then invites AIPAC to her office instead. We see through your faux progressivism, Kamala. https://t.co/zULTlo5I9R
— cabral (@axcomrade) March 26, 2019
Kamala Harris: I will not be attending AIPAC this year… ✊
Progressives: Hell Yeah Sister!!! ✊
Also Kamala Harris: Because AIPAC is coming to my office instead.
Also Progressives: Dammit, not again, why do I vote Blue no matter who ♂️ pic.twitter.com/P26XcUjLYi
— Kenneth Mejia (@kennethmejiaLA) March 26, 2019
Sneaky @KamalaHarris, you agreed not to attend or speak at AIPAC
But then you let AIPAC bring a meeting right to your office, exposing your real position as a defender of violence and apartheid
Not okay and we will continue to call you out!https://t.co/OnDL6InoJD
— Ariel Gold אריאל (@ArielElyseGold) March 26, 2019
Harris was, however, not the only Democratic presidential contender to meet with AIPAC representatives privately this week. According to journalist Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, others did as well:
— (((Ron Kampeas))) (@kampeas) March 27, 2019
AIPAC was the target of antisemitic remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) last month, when she claimed — falsely, that AIPAC bribes members of Congress to support Israel.
President Donald Trump is attempting to seize the pro-Israel mantle from Democrats. Earlier this week, he recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Last year, he signed legislation to deny U.S. taxpayer funds to the Palestinian Authority as long as it continued to pay terrorists and their families. He also withdrew the U.S. from the Iran deal, and visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the first sitting U.S. president to do so. And he moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, fulfilling a promise of both Republican and Democratic presidents.
Not one elected Democrat attended the embassy opening.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.