Conservative commentator Meghan McCain accused Jewish cartoonist Eli Valley of anti-Semitism Friday afternoon after he tweeted a cartoon mocking her for crying Thursday on “The View” over Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s (D-MN) remarks criticizing the influence of a pro-Israel lobby on American foreign policy.
“This is one of the most anti-Semitic things I’ve ever seen,” McCain tweeted at the cartoonist. “Also, this reveals so much more about you than it does me…”
This is one of the most anti-semitic things I’ve ever seen. Also, this reveals so much more about you than it does me… https://t.co/IdfGuWcJZu
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 8, 2019
Valley responded with additional cartoons about the Omar controversy which mocked the Republican Party for crying about anti-Semitism on the left when there are similar characters on the right going unpunished.
“Meghan thanks, also can you please share my other Omartoons?” Valley tweeted.
Meghan thanks, also can you please share my other Omartoons? pic.twitter.com/FVVFoyn1vD
— Eli Valley (@elivalley) March 8, 2019
Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, who is Jewish, criticized McCain for declaring the cartoon “anti-semitic.”
“What does anti-Semitic even mean to you?” Koenig asked. “he’s a Jewish cartoonist who has spent his career examining Jewish identity, Zionism & anti-Semitism. if this is the most anti-Semitic thing you’ve ever seen, you haven’t spent any time examining those issues yourself.”
what does anti-Semitic even mean to you? he’s a Jewish cartoonist who has spent his career examining Jewish identity, Zionism & anti-semitism. if this is the most anti-Semitic thing you’ve ever seen, you haven’t spent any time examining those issues yourself
— Ezra Koenig (@arzE) March 8, 2019
If you think that a Jewish cartoonist mocking your fake outrage over Anti-Semitism is Anti-Semitic…boy do I have some things to show you in your husband’s paper.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 8, 2019
Hi Meghan, this is actually a cartoon by a Jewish man expressing his disgust at your shameless bad faith exploitation of his identity.
— Respectable Lawyer (@RespectableLaw) March 8, 2019
Thank you Meghan for challenging antisemitism! No one can take seriously the ugly trope that “Jews control the media” now that everyone’s seen they have zero power to hold back the most dumbfuck sorority sister blonde goy from going on TV & proclaiming to be their spokesperson. https://t.co/qcqYLNEWKw
— Arish Singh (@arishish) March 8, 2019
It can’t be anti Semitic because you’re not Jewish. You’re a WASP’s WASP. You do material that WASPS that WASPS go, “damn I wish I thought of that”.
— Old Mr. Skeleton (@AlexFirer) March 8, 2019
Have you ever met Rachel Dolezal? I think you guys would get along.
— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) March 8, 2019
“A comic criticizing me, a non-Jewish person, is the most antisemitic thing I’ve ever seen.”
— Gilbert THOTfried (@clintisiceman) March 8, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came to the defense of Rep. Omar last week, condemning the effort by House Democratic leadership to rebuke Omar after she referred to pro-Israel advocates’ “allegiance to a foreign country.”
“Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world. We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel,” Sanders, who became the first Jewish politician to win a state’s presidential primary in 2016, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Rather, we must develop an even-handed Middle East policy which brings Israelis and Palestinians together for a lasting peace.
“What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate,” he continued. “That’s wrong.”
McCain was widely criticized for her speech on “The View” blasting Omar, one of the two first Muslim women to be elected to Congress. McCain called Omar’s criticism “very scary” while fighting back tears.
“Just because I don’t technically have Jewish family that are blood-related to me doesn’t mean that I don’t take this seriously,” she added.