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MI: Governor Candidate Whitmer’s Running Mate, Gilchrist, Silent on Israel Flip Flop

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Michigan Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer addresses the 37th United Auto Workers Constitutional Convention June14, 2018 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan (Photo: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images)

Why is Michigan governor candidate Gretchen Whitmer’s running mate, Garlin Gilchrist, silent about his flip flop position when it comes to Israel? Several weeks ago, Michigan Governor Candidate, Gretchen Whitmer’s running mate Garlin Gilchrist came under fire for his past stance on Israel.  Several old tweets resurfaced where Gilchrist legitimizes the terrorist group Hamas while showing contempt for the State of Israel.

Last month, the Whitmer campaign posted that both Whitmer and Gilchrist have “unwavering support for Israel.”  However, while a Google cache version is still available on certain web browsers, the message claiming strong support for Israel is no longer available at the campaign website.  

One Gilchrest supporter who has been working hard downplay the controversy is Michigan State Representative, Jeremy Allan Moss.  Moss has been regularly speaking and posting on social media his support for Gilchrist and Whitmer while highlighting his Jewish and pro-Israel credentials.  

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When Moss responded, via twitter, to Gilchrist’s flip-flog, he stated that the tweets were a long time ago, and that he is more informed today.

 

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Moss further went on to claim Republican candidate, Bill Schuette being seen at a fundraiser with Steve Bannon should be more of a concern.**

 

Jeremy moss + garlin Gilchrist = Michigan

Prior to his interest in running for public office, Gilchrist, a self-described “nonprofit leader”* and “political organizer,” ran a blog entitled The SuperSpade, which uses the tagline “Black Thought at the Highest Level.”  This tagline runs counter to several blog posts that show a shocking tone-deafness toward sensitive geopolitical issues.

One post on Gilchrest’s blog calls for the US to provide financial support for Hamas.  

Foreign aid should be about the people, not the politics. Why would the West punish the Palestinian people for voting for Hamas into power when Hamas provided goods and services that Fatah could not or was not providing?” 

There are posts lamenting the imposition of sanctions on Iran, describing the sanctions as an excuse for the Bush regime to saber rattle. The post was dismayed that Bush called for an end to uranium enrichment from Iran, saying that it hindered diplomacy.  Additional posts claim that Nuclear Iran is not actually a threat to the US.  

Gilchrist’s blog covers a wide range of policy issues, however his position on Israel appears to be the only one in which he has made a notable flip-flop.  Additionally, this was only made clear following a recent controversy.

Multiple attempts to reach out to the Whitmer campaign were ignored.

 

*[Full Disclosure:  Both Garlin Gilchrist and I have been involved in the past with the nonprofit group Detroit Nation and we have had personal interactions with each other.  My recollection of interacting with him, in order to plan events, is that it was difficult to get a commitment from him to attend planning meetings.]

**[If Mr. Moss is interested in seeing a picture of Garlin Gilchrist sitting down drinking beers with a Breitbart contributing writer with two Southern Poverty Law Center labeled groups on his resume, then he knows how to contact me.]

 

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Alex VanNess

Alex VanNess is a research analyst for the Clarion Intelligence Network. He formerly served as a fellow at the Endowment for Middle East Truth, as director of the Middle East Peace and Security Project for the Center for Security Policy and as a staffer on Capitol Hill.