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Trenton Council blocks censures against Trenton council members

McBride issues belated apology for “Jew her down” statement

By Nikita Biryukov, September 17 2019 6:49 pm

Trenton’s City Council on Monday voted down censure resolutions against three of its members for using or condoning the use of anti-Semitic tropes.

By a vote of 5-2, the Council struck down motions to censure Council President Kathy McBride, who used the term “Jew her down” while discussing the settlement of a lawsuit, according to a recording of a closed-door executive Council session obtained by the New Jersey Globe.

“I’m not surprised. They had a real opportunity to stand up against anti-Semitism, and instead they decided to double down and coalesce around their despicable words,” Councilman Jerrell Blakeley said. “I’m so disappointed in their actions. I’m so disappointed in their lack of leadership, and it’s clear that my colleagues are way too comfortable with anti-Semitic rhetoric.”

Blakeley, who made the motions to censure McBride and Council Members George Muschal and Robin Vaughn, is seeking resignations from all three.

Blakeley and Councilman Joseph Harrison were the only ones to vote in favor of the resolution.

Muschal and Vaughn defended McBride’s use of the anti-Semitic trope in the days after it was first reported by the New Jersey Globe.

Muschal said it was just a “statement of speech,” while Vaughn said the term was a verb and added that its use was not improper.

Harrison did not agree.

“George Muschal, a prime example, has been a public servant for 40 years on the police force, 10 years on this council,” Harrison said. “If he doesn’t think that those words were offensive, he should resign. He should resign from this council.”

For days after they were first publicized, McBride refused to apologize for the statements, saying she was not allowed by law to discuss anything that happens within executive session.

She changed tacks Tuesday.

“That statement was not meant to offend or to insult anyone or any group,” McBride said at the start of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “I am apologizing to the community at large because, in my position, you cannot make anyone feel insulted or be we cannot be insensitive to any ethnic background, so I am apologizing to the community at large.”

Blakeley didn’t buy the apology

“I think the apology is classic pro-forma. She’s apologizing not because it’s the right thing to do. You have to remember for days she head behind the sham of executive privilege because it was done in executive session — for days,” Blakeley said. “For me, her apology rings hollow and I believe that it was merely an attempt to make it go away.”

McBride’s statement has drawn criticism from lawmakers around the state, including, among others, Gov. Phil Murphy, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora and U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez.

It’s not clear what the next steps are for critics of McBride and her fellows.

A small number of them were present in the audience during Tuesday’s Council meeting, but the Council voted down a motion to suspend the rules and immediately allow public comment by a margin of 5-2.

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3 thoughts on “Trenton Council blocks censures against Trenton council members

  1. The term, “Jew-em” down is so hateful and hurtful. I can hardly believe these supposedly educated folks would believe it is okay for them to use it or that anyone believes their claim of innocence in the use of the phrase. What if someone used the “N” word? Would that be okay, even if it did not refer to a specific individual as Kathy McBride suggests when using the other term? No – all hell would break lose! It has been my experience that when folks use this term (“Jew-em”), when speaking about money, it usually is a bad habit in their ‘speech-pattern’ and ‘way-of-thinking.’ Shame on you Ms. McBride for being this kind of person! Just like you know when someone is disrespecting you because of the color of your skin, a Jew knows when someone uses such words/phrases because of a lack of respect for the Jewish community and the Jewish Religion. Oh, and please tell your minions not to try and blame this on the President, as his beautiful daughter is a Jew – the President has not disrespected the Jewish community nor any other group – tell your minions to knock off such speech because it is trying to use a popular scapegoat for your behavior. This mistake is totally on you, not any other political leader, especially not our United States President.

    1. They aren’t educated. This is the racism that exists in the black community and is finally being called out. The media and political leaders gave them a pass for decades. Look at interracial crime stats to see who’s committing crimes against other races/ethnicities. It’s overwhelmingly blacks. Who’s been attacking Orthodox Jews in NYC? Mostly blacks with some Muslims. Yet the Democrats are blaming Trump who has been nothing but supportive of Jews and Israel and who has a Jewish convert daughter and Orthodox son-in-law. Many black leaders on the left like Farrakhan, Sharpton have been instrumental in spreading anti-Semitic and anti-white hate.

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