Curt Schilling, a former professional baseball star and possible future Senate candidate, asked CNN’s Jake Tapper to explain how any Jewish people could be Democrats in an awkward interview exchange Friday.
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The former pitcher pulled the conversation in a different direction, asking Tapper, who is Jewish, to explain how Jews could back the Democratic Party.
“As a person who's practicing the Jewish faith and has since you were young, I don’t understand — and maybe this is the amateur nonpolitician in me — I don’t understand how people of Jewish faith can back the Democratic Party,” Schilling said.
He said the Democrats of the last 50 years have been “so clearly anti-Israel, so clearly anti-Jewish-Israel. ... The Democratic Party is allied with Israel only because we have agreements in place that make them have to be.”
Tapper, looking perplexed, replied, “Well, I don’t speak for Jews, and I don’t support the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.”
He added that he would imagine many Jewish people back the Democratic Party due to its support for social welfare programs before reiterating, “Again, I don’t speak for Jews.”
“I know you don’t,” Schilling replied. “I just always find it a great conversation for someone of your faith — because I want to understand some of those things.”
Schilling on Tuesday all but announced he would run against Warren in 2018, though he said he has to talk to his family first about it.
Schilling is an ardent Trump supporter. Last week, he defended the controversial candidate after the release of a tape in which Trump says he'd be dating a young girl he just met when she grew up, with Schilling telling a Fox Business Network host that kind of talk is normal.