Former all-star pitcher and wannabe future Senate candidate Curt Schilling earned a blank stare from CNN host Jake Tapper Friday when he asked how any Jew could be a Democrat.
“I don’t understand how people of Jewish faith can back the Democratic Party, which over the last 50 years has been so clearly anti-Israel, so clearly anti-Jewish Israel,” Schilling wondered aloud to Tapper, who he described as “a person who’s practicing the Jewish faith, and has since you were young.”
“I don’t know what else would need to be done, said, or happen for people to understand that they don’t—The Democratic Party is allied with Israel only because we have agreements that make them have to be,” he continued.
“Maybe this is the amateur non-politician in me,” Schilling admitted.
Tapper responded that he doesn’t “speak for Jews,” and doesn’t support either major party, but that he figured many Jews are Democrats because of the party’s support for social welfare programs.
“A lot of Jews who are strong supporters of Israel do support the Republican Party,” he added.
“I just always find it a great conversation for somebody of your faith— because I want to understand the reasons behind some of these things,” Schilling said, out loud, on live national television.
Schilling said Tuesday on Rhode Island radio station WRPO that “I’ve made my decision, I’m going to run,” for Elizabeth Warren’s Massachusetts Senate seat in 2018.
“But I haven’t talked to Shonda, my wife,” Schilling acknowledged. “And ultimately it’s going to come down to how her and I feel this would affect our marriage and our kids.”
Watch below via Media Matters:
Curt Schilling: You’re Jewish. Why are Jews Democrats? Dems hate Israel.
Jake Tapper: Well, I don’t speak for Jews, but social welfare pic.twitter.com/4CejNNskDO
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) October 21, 2016