A Republican state senator from Pennsylvania refused to apologize for calling billionaire Democratic megadonor George Soros “a Hungarian Jew” with “a hatred for America” following the accusations of anti-Semitism. Sen. Scott Wagner, who’s seeking next year’s Republican nomination for governor, spoke with The York Daily Record on Monday and suggested people are overreacting over his comments. “Everybody’s getting their knickers around their ankles over this and there’s no reason for that,” he said. The senator’s comments were recorded by someone from an opposition tracker during a tomato festival in Pittston, Pennsylvania last week. The Democratic Party in the state denounced Wagner and his comments, saying they were anti-Semitic. Wagner, however, insisted that if Soros had been Catholic he would have called him a Hungarian Catholic – meaning no offense. He added that his comments should not be interpreted as racist, also noting his long history of donating to the local Jewish Community Center.
I think we’ll all agree that Sen. Wagner’s comments were ill-considered for a politician. That said.. He is 100% technically correct in calling George Soros a “Hungarian Jew.” To recognize that FACT is NOT “anti-Semitic.” If he were to say, “I hate Jews, or something similar, then that would be an anti-Semitic comment. As for saying that Soros has “hatred for America.”… Well, Mr. Soros is a socialist who hates America’s capitalistic heritage, and has used his funding of Moveon.org and other extreme liberal organizations to undermine that heritage. He, like Obama, would like to see America become another failed socialist European country like Greece, etc. So, on that level, I think that charge is pretty accurate. Hopefully the good people of Pennsylvania will see through this nonsense and wave the bs flag at their state Dem party for making much ado about nothing.