A spokesperson for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) defended and clarified the Democratic leader’s controversial remarks that Republican Jews are “being exploited” by the GOP during an interview Saturday with the Washington Free Beacon.
Pelosi came under fire this weekend for telling Bloomberg’s Al Hunt that Republican Jewish voters are “being exploited” by Republican leaders who aim to turn U.S. support for Israel into a partisan election issue.
Pelosi maintained that Republican officials “are using Israel as an excuse” to galvanize voters when “what they really want are tax cuts for the wealthy.”
Nadeam Elshami, a Pelosi spokesperson, told the Free Beacon that the Democratic leader was attempting to highlight how Jewish voters of all stripes are “not getting the full facts” when it comes to the issue of President Obama’s relationship with Israel.
“What she was referring to here is simply, some of these voters, they are not getting the full facts or are hearing one side only of the story,” Elshami said. “I think that’s the best way to explain it.”