Anti-Semitic Statement: Nancy Pelosi Claims Jews Care Only About Money

By Ronn Torossian

Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives said this weekend that Jews vote Republican because they are rich and want a tax cut.  The Jewish community will not ignore this – Could one imagine the rightful outcry if a Republican made an offensive statement like “Blacks are democrats because they are poor and want welfare.”

Pelosi said in an interview Friday, “…Republicans are using Israel as an excuse, what they really want are tax cuts for the wealthy. So Israel that can be one reason they put forth.”  She then said Jews who vote Republican “they’re being exploited.” Pelosi’s blunt statements are that Republican Jews use Israel as an “excuse” for criticizing Obama – and in fact only want tax cuts for the wealthy.  Pelosi is basically claiming that Jews only want money and don’t give a damn about Israel.

On both sides of the political aisle, rhetoric of this sort is unacceptable – civil rights organizations and Jewish organizations of all sort need to forcefully condemn this offensive statement.  

Later in the interview, perhaps rattled and realizing she made a mistake Pelosi mistakenly claimed that President Obama “has been there [Israel] over and over again.” In reality, while President Obama hasn’t visited Israel as President, he did accept an award in Saudi Arabia, give a speech in Cairo, and hold town hall meetings in Turkey.   

The rhetoric of Pelosi is even more troubling considering that she has recently hired Faiz Shakir whose organization’s hostility to Israel was described by the Obama administration as “deeply troubling”.  Across the political spectrum Jewish and Israeli groups have referred to his language as unacceptable.

In a democracy, people vote freely – including Jews, and have many different considerations. For Nancy Pelosi to say Jews only care about money is deeply insulting.

Pelosi’s statements are unacceptable for any political official.  Nancy Pelosi owes the Jewish community an apology.

New York based, Ronn Torossian is a Jewish philanthropist and CEO of a Public Relations agency.

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Ronn Torossian About the Author: Ronn Torossian is the CEO of NY based 5W Public Relations, 1 of the 25 largest PR Agencies in the US. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a Jewish philanthropist and active in a number of worldwide Jewish organizations. More about Ronn Follow Ronn on: Facebook Google Plus Amazon

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  1. Ralph Smith says:

    Which part are you offended by: Pelosi saying Jews are rich? Or saying they vote Republican because they want lower taxes? Neither seems offensive. Unless you think being rich or paying lower taxes are somehow negative things. When you made your comparison to a hypothetical person saying blacks vote Democratic because they are poor and want welfare, I think it is probably negative to call a group poor and suggest they are voting themselves free things from the government.

    Not to mention, which part of her statement is not true? Are Jews poor? Are Jews wanting to pay more taxes? I think your argument is just an example of wanting to get upset about something because the word Jew was used in a sentence.

    • Naamah says:


    • scottred says:

      You truly don’t see how offensive it was for Pelosi to say that Jews vote Republican because they only value money? Sounds to me like it is profiling but Naamah was also right, there are many Jews are aren’t rich. So not only was it offensive but untrue.

  2. Tomer says:

    You tell em Ronn!!! Ralph has no answer to Naamah and scottred. This is blatant anti-semitism!

  3. Ellen Ross says:

    …. Except that isn’t what Pelosi actually said.

  4. Hadassah Rothenberg says:

    Basically, what Pelosi said was that Republican Jews use Israel as the central focus to hide the issue of higher taxes on the rich. Republican Jewish focus on Israel is valid and not wanting higher taxes on the rich is valid. Or higher taxes on anyone, since when you run out of “the rich” the tax bill has to continue downward and include the lesser fortunate; unless you are like Naamah who may not pay income taxes. If so, I hope that isn’t by choice and that one day, Naamah, your life will change.

    In any event, Obama has NOT been a friend of Israel and from the beginning of his term his actions and attitude have demonstrated this. Research the ‘Settlement Freeze’. It’s an excellent example of the harm he has caused Israel and if not reversed will damage Israel.
    As for higher taxes on the rich…one would think the money they earned didn’t belong to them. The true facts are the rich pay most of the taxes as it is and if they were all taxed 100% it wouldn’t pay off the deficit. It probably wouldn’t make a dent. You may not want to believe this but most successful people don’t mind, as much as you think, paying taxes. Paying taxes means they made money. However, asking them to bear the full or most of the responsibility for paying what we all enjoy is unjust.

  5. THIS IS SILLY POLITICAL SEASON. I do not agree with Minority leader Pelosi most of the time, but she is no anti-Semite and the words are out of context. I am certain their will be more negative attack ads in just a few minutes. Just watch T.V. any channel.

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