One of the most disturbing aspects of American politics today is how hate speech seems to have become acceptable to the body of politics. President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have become a megaphone for hate speech, resulting in a 17 percent increase in hate crimes over the last year, and of religiously affiliated hate crimes, nearly 60 percent targeted Jews and Jewish institutions.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the number of hate crimes in New Mexico quadrupled between 2017 and 2018 (“FBI: Hate crimes in N.M. up fourfold,” Nov. 13). “At least three incidents of anti-Semitism in May raised alarms in Santa Fe of rising prejudice.” Scott Levin of the Anti-Defamation League poignantly stated, “Hate crimes really are message crimes … it’s sending a message to anyone that looks like you, prays like you or loves like you … of hate.”

The Republican Party may cower to Trump and abandon its moral compass while he holds office, I, however, will not — I simply refuse to remain silent when I see hate speech in action.

Recently, I called upon former CIA agent Valerie Plame to return contributions that she received from Holocaust deniers. Plame has a long history of spreading anti-Semitic information including that, “Jews owned the media,” Jews should wear labels while on national television and their beliefs are as dangerous as “rat poisoning.” She has been criticized by Chris Cuomo of CNN, Seth Frantzman of the Jerusalem Post, and the Washington Post gave her three “Pinocchios” for her misleading campaign video in which she claimed Ukrainian Jewish heritage to cover up her anti-Semitic tweets.

Recently, Steve Terrell of The New Mexican criticized my call for Plame to disclose her unitemized list of contributors and return money from Holocaust deniers (“Plame accusation by Serna goes too far,” Roundhouse Roundup, Nov. 10). He rationalized that since I have not disclosed all of my unitemized contributors, which total $13,072, that Plame should not have to disclose hers, which total $390,799.

Outside of the $377,727 disparity between our unitemized accounts, there is one overarching issue the column failed to address: Plame is the only Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District with any history of endorsing and promoting anti-Semitic positions to her social media followers. Moreover, when called out for her endorsement and promotion of anti-Semitic views, Plame defended her actions; her apology came only after it was politically beneficial and necessary.

To resolve The New Mexican’s concerns, I have disclosed all of my unitemized contributions for the quarter on my website, at marcoforcongress.com/2019/11/19/marco-sernas-contributions-itemized. More importantly, I will continue to call upon Plame to disclose all of her contributors and to return contributions from Holocaust deniers.

I stand with members of the New Mexico Jewish community, including former Santa Fe Mayor Sam Pick, who stated, “there is no excuse, no rationale to excuse this type of rhetoric;” and Ron Duncan, president of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, who stated, “Her past statements were so extreme that … it’s something I don’t understand how she can expect to simply ignore it and gloss it over,” which is exactly what is happening.

Hate speech and anti-Semitism are issues that divide our country and should be of concern to all Americans. I refuse to remain silent when a member of my own party promotes this type of hate speech. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Marco Serna is a 3rd Congressional District candidate.

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Khal Spencer

" anti symetricism"??

Another bot from elsewhere?

david dinas

The fake media never checks the data on claims of anti symetricism. Reality: everything is claimed to be anti symetricism. Like having a pro palestine speaker on campus. Or saying "hey, the UN didn't own that land. They couldn't give away that which they did not own." A giant hoax.

david dinas

To identify the truly sick racists google: chief rabbi of Israel says only purpose of goyim is to serve jews, life of goyim worth same as donkey. Netanyahu says this jerk is the greatest mind of this generation. http://www.timesofisrael.com/5-of-ovadia-yosefs-most-controversial-quotations/

ha ha. you didn't even know you were the goyim.

Dr. Michael Johnson

As a long time Democrat, I call on the NM Democratic Party to do the right things and to remove this person from the party primary ballot.

Mark Ortiz

Okay, I'll bite. Doctor. I've read you comments over the years. Half the time, somehow tying things to the Santa Fe Ring. I'm sure you are far more educated than I and have reason to use that term/title. I only know it from the film, Young Guns. Any who, I too believe the Democratic establishment, statewide, nationally, are just as ethically challenged as the Republican party and definitely far more disingenuous (wolves in sheep's clothing). I voted for Martinez the first time. I felt Denish would be more of Richardson's sense of entitlement/arrogance/corruption. I wouldn't say I regretted that vote as much as Nader in 2004, but hey, sometime we need to hit rock bottom before we can right the ship. I think we reaped what we sowed in Trump. See where we go from here. And King in 2014, Good Lord what a disgusting human being. It's just reading your posts, I would've never taken you for a Democrat. Question, if you'll indulge me, what are 4-5 beliefs, ideas, that you identify with the Democrats? Notice, I didn't say the Democratic Party, just Dems , in general? Thanks for you time. Oh and on the Serna issue. I wrote him an e-mail telling him what an arrogant, empty headed, do nothing DA he is and obviously, his handlers and or family haven't taught him an ounce of humility or morals.

Mark Ortiz

This sight won't let me edit my previous post so I'd like to retract my comment about King being a disgusting human being. I don't know him personally so that was uncalled for. It was frustrating because I thought ,Geezus, he's the best we could run?

kevin patterson

Well Marco, you never had my vote anyway.

Khal Spencer

The longer these accusations go on, the more outlandish and divorced from reality they become. When will the Dem. Party Chair of New Mexico tell this guy to ST*U and stop damaging the party with his verbal diarrhea?

Mark Ortiz

Mr. Spencer, hear you go sir. I would encourage you to reach out directly. marg@nmdemocrats.org, Chair- Marg Elliston, vicechair@nmdemocrats.org, Vice Chair-Marcus Porter. It is the primary so I don't know if they want to tip the scales with a public comment but I am going to write them both and ask their opinion on Marcos Serna's behavior, current lack of accountability at the DA's office, and accusations.

Khal Spencer

Thank you!

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