See below for audio from this morning’s interview with 5th CD Democratic nominee Leslie Cockburn on the Virginia Talk Radio Network. Regarding the bull****, ginned-up (by the Virginia GOP, which itself is led by a guy who was excoriated for publicly telling an anti-Semitic “joke!”) “controversy” over Cockburn’s book on the U.S.-Israel covert relationship, Cockburn says (bolding added by me for emphasis):
“We have a relationship that is very enduring with Israel; of course the U.S. should support Israel. And that book, by the way, that was written 27 years ago, was a work of journalism that was very much appreciated in Israel. It was serialized in one of the biggest papers, Ma’ariv and written about in Ha’aretz. It got a rave review in the Chicago Tribune and the Irish Times called it brilliant. It was a very interesting book about the covert relationship between the intelligence agencies and the military…things that we don’t normally get to know about…This is very ancient history and it’s all journalism, has NOTHING to do with anti-Semitism. You know, the Republicans threw that out because they were worried that Congressman Tom Garrett had been so close to – literally next to – Jason Kessler in the famous photograph of the two of them in [Garrett’s] office…Kessler was the organizer of the rally last August 12 in Charlottesville. So that’s how that all came up, and they’re sticking with it.”
Also check out the rest of the interview for Cockburn’s comments on the damage Trump’s budding trade war is doing to the agricultural sector in the 5th Congressional District of Virginia; the harm the Trump administration is doing to health care; Trump calling immigrants (NOT just MS-13, as the clearly Trump-loving interviewer tries to argue) “animals”; GOP nominee Denver Riggleman as “Tom [Garrett]’s twin”; the pipelines as “unnecessary” and “invading a lot of fantastic farms, a big tourist industry in Nelson County…an African freedman community in Buckingham…for no return to Virginians”; making community college free for all Virginians; the “school-to-prison pipeline” as a result of insufficient funding for special education, counselors, etc., not anything wrong with the students (as the interviewer seems to be implying).