The Virginia edition (boldface mine):
People brought yellow lawn chairs with the motto “Don’t tread on me,” and at least one tricorner hat was visible in the crowd. John Whitbeck, 10th Congressional District Republican Committee chairman, raised eyebrows when he kicked off the festivities by telling a joke in which the head of the Jewish religion presented the pope with a long, elaborate document that the Jewish leader said was a bill for the last supper.
The crowd laughed uproariously. But American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal political action committee, tweeted about Whitbeck’s “anti-Semitic” opener and the state Democratic Party later circulated a video of the joke.
Let’s be clear: Whitbeck isn’t some idiot blogging in his basement. He is a Republican party official. And instead of being booed or made to feel uncomfortable, he was cheered.
This is the Republican base. They need these bigots to win elections. Never forget that. Because this kind of behavior is a part of a pattern:
•I See Stupid People: The JD Hayworth Edition
•GOP Rep. Eric Cantor and Why Most Jews Don’t Vote Republican: Their Highly Successful Jewish Outreach Program
•More from the Successful Republican Jewish Outreach Program
•Republican Outreach to Jews Is Working Almost as Well as the Outreach to African Americans
•My Hook Nose Is Swelling With Pride
In 2013 no less.
Note to Jewish Republicans: Jesse Jackson makes one bigoted remark decades ago, and you guys won’t shut up about it. Republican officials repeatedly make equally offensive remarks to the present day and… nothing.