Just One More Ignorant Anti-Semite in Virginia Politics

John Whitbeck, clueless Virginia politician

John Whitbeck, clueless Virginia politician

Hard to believe, but the Virginia GOP hasn’t learned much from its setbacks of recent years.  John Whitbeck, a Republican district chairman, just a few hours ago introduced the Republican candidate for  governor with an anti-semitic joke.  What a way to celebrate Constitution Day!

It’s watchable on YouTube  at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKENPy2Vr90

The joke states that for hundreds of years each newly elected pope has received a delegation from the head of the Jews attempting to collect on a bill for “The Last Supper”.

My first impression as I watched was that he’s an idiot, because he hasn’t got a clue about history (confusing two millennia with “a few hundred years”) nor about Jews and Judaism (because he imagines that the Jewish People have a “head of the Jews”) nor about politics (because a district party chairman giving a speech to a crowd ought to have enough sense not to tell any ethnic joke about any group other than his own).

He introduces his joke by explaining that he is a Catholic, but of course he is not in conformity with the magisterium of the Holy Roman See when he tells that joke.  The joke relies for its sense upon the stereotypes of Jews as cheapskates and Christ-killers.  He ought to read the papal bull entitled “On the Correct Depiction of Jews and Judaism”.

This clueless local politician can’t do much harm by himself.  But the scary thing about this video is that the audience laughs heartily and naturally.  It didn’t sound like nervous tittering or laughter for the sake of politeness.

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  1. #1 by Jewish Jihad on January 18, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    Today (1/18). when given an opportunity to apologize, Whitbeck refused. He said, “I did not tell an anti-Semitic joke. I told a joke I heard from a priest at a church service.”

    Still later today, he told the local newspaper, on the record, that the controversy was manufactured by Democrats and their allies.

    Hmmm. Sounds like a Jewish conspiracy.

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