CHICAGO - According to Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon, Gov. Pat Quinn tweeted—and then quietly deleted—several messages urging supporters to read a Chicago Sun-Times column by Neil Steinberg who compared black Republican voters to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis.
Claiming that GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is buying off black community leaders, Steinberg wrote:
“As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit. It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”
Quinn praised the piece and tweeted it out to supporters several times. However, the tweets were deleted after local Jewish community officials quietly communicated their outrage to the governor, whose campaign had sent the tweets out over Passover.
“Coming during Passover just a few days after the [anti-Semitic] shootings in Kansas, this kind of rhetoric was beyond outrageous,” said one local Jewish community insider.
The Quinn campaign has not apologized for promoting the piece nor have they acknowledged deleting the tweets.