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Schumer demands Massie take down ‘antisemitic’ meme

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed Rep. Thomas Massie to take down a post with a meme accusing Congress of putting “zionism” over “American patriotism.”

“This is antisemitic, disgusting, dangerous, and exactly the type of thing I was talking about in my Senate address,” Schumer, the highest-ranking Jewish official in U.S. history, wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Schumer spoke at length on the floor last week on rising cases of antisemitism around the United States, describing the surge in incidents as “a matter of survival” and “very personal for me.”

“If only you cared half as much about our border as you do my tweets,” Massie (R-Ky.) responded to Schumer.

The Kentucky Republican has condemned the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, but has opposed additional aid to the closest ally the U.S. has in the Middle East. He is broadly opposed to foreign aid, including to Israel and Ukraine.

Massie has suggested before that support for Israel diminishes loyalty to the United States. He was one of two House lawmakers to oppose a resolution last week reaffirming Israel’s right to exist.

POLITICO has reached out to Massie’s office for further comment on Schumer’s call for the post to be taken down.