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Trenton councilman wants Muschal to resign

Jerrell Blakeley says he’ll seek censure vote on South Ward councilman

By David Wildstein, September 16 2019 9:41 am

A Trenton City councilman is calling on one of his colleagues to resign for “embracing vile anti-Semitic rhetoric and tropes.”

Councilman Jerrell Blakeley says he will seek to censure George Muschal for his statements, but said the longtime South Ward councilman should step down on his own.

Muschal defended a statement by Council President Kathy McBride, who referenced “Jew her down” in a closed-door discussion on a lawsuit filed by the city.

On Sunday, Muschal told the New Jersey Globe that he’s heard the term “Jew them down” and called in “just a statement on speech.”

“Councilman Muschal’s unrepentant and unapologetically vile Anti-Semitic rhetoric has no place in American political discourse.  His comments rely on dangerous Anti-Semitic tropes of Jews as parsimonious and swindlers,” said Blakeley.  “With Anti-Semitic attacks and hate crimes on the rise, I cannot stand silent on this issue.

Blakeley said Muschal’s comments have “brought embarrassment and shame to the Trenton City Council and his constituents.”

He called the Muschal’s explanation – he said, “You know, it’s like a car dealer, they want $5,000, you Jew ‘em down to $4,000” – an “an affront to Trentonians of all backgrounds and an example of the coarsening of modern political discourse.”

“His vicious Anti-Semitism has no place on Trenton City Council,” Blakeley said.  “God knows what other ‘statements of speech’ he finds appropriate for the public square.”

On Saturday, Councilwoman Robin Vaughn suggested that “Jew them down” is just a verb dismissed the idea that McBride’s comments were inappropriate.

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3 thoughts on “Trenton councilman wants Muschal to resign

  1. This has got to be a joke. Yeah, it’s not okay to say “Jew them down”, but I know plenty of Jews who have said it as an affectionate if un-PC comment on frugality. Agreed… it shouldn’t be used or said. It’s a stereotype like saying African Americans like fried chicken and watermelon or that Irishmen are drunkards… But to call using this phrase “vicious” and “unrepentant and unapologetically vile Anti-Semitic rhetoric” is so over the top it’s absurd. No one denied the holocaust or accused Jews of poisoning wells or something… save the “unrepentant and unapologetically vile Anti-Semitic rhetoric” for people who earn it and stop being a little drama queen, Jerrell.

    1. I am Jewish and have Never heard another Jew use that expression. Just so you know, it is vile. If it is not called out, we are making it normal and is the remake of 1930.

    2. I’m guessing youre not a Jew…otherwise you’d know exactly how offensive the statement was…and how much ore offensive each attempt to justify it is! I’ve been a Jew for 70 years…and I’ve never heard one other Jew use that expression…because we know just how disgusting it really is!

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