Richmond, VA – A 60 Minutes journalist, world traveler, and someone with a direct line to Hollywood sounds like a dream Democrat candidate… until you find out she’s a virulent anti-Semite. And she’s a Washington, D.C. resident. And she denigrates veterans. And she faces allegations of “harassment and intimidation“. And she’s just overall incredibly out of touch with the Fifth District.
It was like a mad scientist created Leslie Cockburn in a test tube to be the worst candidate of all time to run in Southside Virginia.
Cockburn has a long history of anti-Semitic rhetoric which can be documented over at least the past 25 years. In the early 1990s, Cockburn co-authored Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship. Cockburn’s book advocated for the inherently anti-Semitic belief that Israel controls America’s foreign policy.
In reaction to the nomination of Leslie Cockburn as the Democratic Nominee in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, Holocaust survivor and co-founder of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Jay Ipson released the following statement, “I don’t know to which hate group she was trying to cater with her book, but her [Cockburn’s] claims are wildly inaccurate.”
“Cockburn and the Democrats want to take away Israel’s ability to defend itself,” Ipson said.
But don’t take it from just us.
“And for those who deny that Cockburn harbors any such anti-Semitic, anti-democratic views, the question is: who but a bigot devotes herself to upwards of 400 pages of slander against Jews, Israel and the United States?” – op-ed from October 22.
“Cockburn is a bigot, plain and simple, for her espousal of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-American conspiracy theories, plus the unseemly respect she freely paid mass murderers.” – op-ed titled, wait for it, Please Virginia, don’t put a wild anti-Israel conspiracy theorist in Congress.
“Leslie Cockburn’s campaign has looked like a bad horror movie since day one,” said RPV Chairman Jack Wilson. “I can not think of a worse candidate that the Democrats could have nominated. I know that the people of Virginia’s Fifth will reject her strange conspiracy theories at the ballot box on November 6.“