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Mass. GOP denounces candidate who said, ‘I will also exile all Jews’

The state's Republican party encourages voters to vote against Lori Kauffman.

Ballot box. Credit: I'm friday/Shutterstock.
Ballot box. Credit: I'm friday/Shutterstock.

The Republican Party of Massachusetts is urging people not to vote for Lori Kauffman for the Republican State Committee.

“Don’t forget, I’ll likely get voted into office on March 5. Long-term goals are to ban same-sex marriage (never should have been legalized) and trans will be illegal. Yes illegal,” Kauffman posted on social media on Feb. 25. “I will also exile all Jews.”

When someone responded that it was good that Kauffman was kicked off LinkedIn for posting the same message, she responded: “I’m guessing you had a hand in reporting me. I have stage four cancer so there are many connections I will now not get to say goodbye to, but it’s worth it to tell the truth about what needs to be done.”

On social media, Kauffman has repeatedly self-identified as a Russian Jew. But she has posted that she doesn’t trust Jews, that Jews are weak and embarrassing, that Hitler was “based” and that Jews lie about the Holocaust.

“Yeah, I’m Jewish, but I have Christian values and believe Jews are destroying the world. Well, I don’t believe that, I know it,” she wrote last August. On Feb. 27, she wrote, “This isn’t about ‘hate’ this is about saving the country. I don’t hate trans. And I don’t hate Jews. I just wish they were Christian.”

On the same day, the Massachusetts GOP posted that it took “immediate and decisive action” on Dec. 15, when it learned Kauffman was running for the state committee, and unanimously passed “a resolution condemning Ms. Kauffman’s statements and urging her not to run for state committee.”

“It’s important to note that State Committee positions are subject to public election, and as such, the MassGOP lacks authority to prevent Ms. Kauffman from pursuing candidacy,” it stated. “We urge the residents of the First Suffolk District to vote against this candidate.”

It added that Kauffman’s “reprehensible rhetoric has no place within the Republican Party or in the broader American political dialogue. The MassGOP unequivocally denounces her vile language and has taken every measure within its capacity to disassociate from Ms. Kauffman.”

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