Democratic Virginia delegate Ibraheem Samirah accused President Donald Trump of racism and bigotry on Tuesday, but the state lawmaker has his own history of anti-Semitic posts.
Samirah interrupted the president’s speech commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown, VA settlement on Tuesday morning, shouting, “You can’t send us back! Virginia is our home. Mr. President, you cannot send us back. Virginia is our home.” (RELATED: ‘You Can’t Send Us Back!’ Democratic State Lawmaker Heckles Trump’s Jamestown Speech)
Samirah later took credit for the protest on his Twitter account, writing, “Nobody’s racism and bigotry should be excused for the sake of being polite. The man is unfit for office and unfit to partake in a celebration of democracy, representation, and our nation’s history of immigrants.”
I just disrupted the @realDonaldTrump speech in Jamestown because nobody’s racism and bigotry should be excused for the sake of being polite. The man is unfit for office and unfit to partake in a celebration of democracy, representation, and our nation’s history of immigrants. pic.twitter.com/0okD7eRVer
— Delegate Ibraheem Samirah (@IbraheemSamirah) July 30, 2019
However, Samirah had to apologize for his own history of anti-Semitic posts when running for the Virginia House of Delegates in February.
In the social media posts, Samirah said that donating money to Israel is worse than donating to the Ku Klux Klan and that late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon would “burn a million times.” He also accused Israeli teenagers of using the Tinder dating app to “cover up the murders in their names.”
Samirah apologize for the posts, stating, “I am so sorry that my ill-chosen words added to the pain of the Jewish community, and I seek your understanding and compassion as I prove to you our common humanity,” but also added that the resurfacing of the posts was a “slander campaign.”