US Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) has made combatting antisemitism a large part of his platform during his tenure in the US House of Representatives. Now, Democrats at the federal levels of government are now mobilizing to fight antisemitism.
Deutch recently spoke at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) where he reflected on a time that he was in attendance at the White House. While in Washington, Deutch had the opportunity to speak with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff about antisemitism and how to systemically fight against it.
America has an antisemitism problem, and it can’t be left to Jews alone to fight it.@AJCCEO Ted Deutch reflects on AJC’s role in working with the Biden admin and @SecondGentleman to develop the newly-implemented interagency group dedicated to combating antisemitism. pic.twitter.com/ZIiJ07p6R8
— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) December 15, 2022
"It was really moving to be in the White House," said Deutch. He added, "having a conversation with the Vice President's husband, who is Jewish, the president's domestic policy advisor, and with Deborah Lipstadt, the United States special envoy to combat antisemitism, where she pointed out that there was a time when she traveled around the world and told people in those countries that they have a problem, you can't do that anymore. Because we have a problem."
Deutch then claimed he, "told the Second Gentleman that just as AJC worked in France and in Germany and the EU, and countries all around the world, to help those countries craft national action plans to confront antisemitism, and to safeguard the Jewish community, that it was time for us to do that in the United States as well."
Deutch then said that we need a "whole of government, interagency approach to focusing on combating antisemitism."
"It was not long after until we actually saw this manifest. Emhoff recently fired off his own comments on the issue, "No one should have to fear hate or violence because of who they are. I’m proud to be Jewish and I'm going to continue to use my platform to speak out against antisemitism and hate of every kind," added Deutch.
Now, Deutch announced that since their conversation, the Biden Administration unveiled a new interagency task force to combat antisemitism. Deutch humbly denied he played any part in inspiring the new move from the White House, but said it was, "exactly what we need."