January 31, 2012
Gingrich claims Romney denied kosher meals to Holocaust survivors
Floridians are going to the polls today in the fourth primary of the presidential campaign season. And things are getting really non-kosher between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. I’m not referring to the converting-Jews-to-Christianity event that Gingrich found himself at Sunday.
This post is about Gingrich’s latest robocall, which accuses Romney of forcing Holocaust survivors to eat non-kosher food as he cut expenses from the Massachusetts budget. Here’s the text of the call:
The Romney campaign is saying that the call is an indication that Gingrich’s campaign is at death’s door. In fact, it’s long since come back from the grave. And the call is likely to resonate with some of Florida’s large elderly Jewish population. After all, it implies that even Hitler didn’t deny Jews kosher food (though I think that implication is historically wanting). The robocall is also not an accurate characterization of what happened in Massachusetts.
While Romney’s veto of a bill that would have provided $600,000 in funds to nursing homes made him appear insensitive to elderly Jews, Gingrich’s characterization of the veto as denying kosher food to Holocaust survivors has “little basis in reality”—a not uncommon theme for things that come out of the former Speaker’s mouth.
Still, it might work. I’m eager to see exit poll results regarding how Florida Jews vote.
(Hat tip to Huffington Post.)