President Obama has “Muslim sensibilities” and uses a “Muslim perspective” to view the world, according to the Virginia Republican nominee for lieutenant governor E.W. Jackson.
In a blog post from 2010, Jackson wrote that Obama has taken an anti-Semitic approach to the White House that he “picked up from the black community.” He said it had jeopardized the security of Israel and the Unites States’s relationship with its Middle East ally.
The president is a practicing Christian, who has said he relies on his faith in his job.
Buzzfeed first reported the comments from Jackson, who was selected over the weekend to run with the state’s Republican attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, who is seeking the governor’s office.
In the blog post, Jackson says that he has Muslim family members, is a black man, and “was once a leftist Democrat,” which puts him in a unique position to have a better understanding of how Obama has crafted his worldview and diplomatic style.
“All my life I have witnessed a strain of anti-Semitism in the black community,” wrote Jackson. “Growing up in a small, predominantly black urban community in Pennsylvania, I heard the comments about Jewish shop owners. They were ‘greedy cheaters’ who could not be trusted, according to my family and others in the neighborhood.
“In Chicago, the anti-Jewish sentiment among black people is even more pronounced because of the direct influence of Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam,” he continued. “The question is whether Obama, given his Muslim roots and experience in Farrakhan’s Chicago, shares this antipathy for Israel and Jewish people.”
Jackson argued that Obama adopted an anti-Israel view in life that was more sympathetic to Muslims because the president used to attend a church led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whom Jackson called a virulent anti-Semite.
“You don’t merely attend a church, you ‘sit under’ a pastor to be taught and mentored by him,” wrote Jackson.
“Those who are paying attention and thinking about these issues do not find it unreasonable to consider that President Obama is influenced by a strain of anti-Semitism picked up from the black community, his leftist friends and colleagues, his Muslim associations and his long period of mentorship under Jeremiah Wright.
“If this conclusion is accurate, Israel has some dark days ahead. For the first time in her history, she may find the President of the United States siding with her enemies. Those who believe as I do that Israel must be protected had better be ready for the fight. We are,” he added.
Jackson and Cuccinelli are running against Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll placed the Republicans with 38 percent of the vote, while McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, received 43 percent of voters’ support.