NY Gov. Embarrasses Herself with Jewish Joke, Attacks DeSantis at Holocaust Event
Embattled New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a bill that focused on Holocaust education in New York schools.
The bill-signing event was held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was supposed to hold an event at the museum with Tikvah, a Jewish advocacy group, but the event was canceled because the museum wanted to avoid political speakers.
Brooklyn Councilwoman Inna Vernikov made a note of this on Twitter on Friday.
A few months ago, @MJHnews refused to rent space for a conf. featuring @RonDeSantisFL to avoid being political. Yesterday, just a little over 2 mnths. before her gubernatorial election, the museum had @GovKathyHochul sign a bill. Will they let me host her (R) opponent @leezeldin?
— Councilwoman Inna Vernikov (@InnaVernikov) August 12, 2022
During Hochul’s speech, she made an off-color remark about New York Jews leaving the state for states like Florida.
“I just want to say to the 1.77 million Jews who call New York home: Thank you for calling New York home. Don’t go anywhere or to another state. Florida is overrated. I shouldn’t say this but look at the governor. It starts at the top down.” Hochul said.
She likely realized that the joke was inappropriate, saying “Getting in trouble, gotta stay on script,” before introducing Holocaust survivor Celia Kener at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Hochul briefly mentioned the rise in anti-semitic hate crimes in New York, saying “The lessons of the Holocaust need to be front and center in our minds today, as we see hatred, rising up to the surface, unfettered in ways we’ve not seen before in my lifetime.”
Hochul’s opponent, Lee Zeldin, said that her remarks showed that she is out of touch with the concerns of Jewish people and people across the state who are fleeing for places like Florida.
“Can Kathy Hochul really be this totally out to lunch and clueless about why New York leads the entire nation in population loss?”
Zeldin’s race is a long shot, though recent polls show the race has tightened.
Christina Pushaw, citing a Seattle talkshow host, discussed some of the reasons that New Yorkers are leaving the state.
NEW @thehoffather: Safety concerns, "coupled with onerous Covid regulations, rising costs of living, anti-police riots, and police defunding led to a massive exodus of Jews from New York, with many choosing the Sunshine State."https://t.co/f1CFJacV5F
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 15, 2022
Dave Abrams, a DeSantis campaign spokesperson responded to Hochul’s remarks, saying “After a breakup, some people cling to the hopes of reconciliation. It’s sad to see governors acting like desperate exes. Perhaps they should spend more time relieving their people of oppressive taxes, needless mandates, shuttered businesses, and crime-infested cities. Florida’s freedom agenda works — they ought to try it.”
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