Remember when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of giving women “the back of his hand” with his conservative policies? Her insensitive comments, which ignored the struggles of real victims of domestic abuse, make her list of financial contributions a tad bit awkward.
In what can only be classified as a severe case of hypocrisy, Schultz has apparently accepted donations from Ibrahim Al –Rashid, the son of a Saudi billionaire who once pled guilty to assaulting his estranged wife.
American Crossroads, a non-profit 527 political organization, is now asking the DNC chief if she plans on returning the tainted money. In addition to her offensive comments about Gov. Walker, American Crossroads Spokesman Ian Prior noted in a new statement on Wednesday how Schultz dug herself a deeper hole by calling on Bernie Sanders to condemn campaign violence his supporters are supposedly instigating.
“Just yesterday, Debbie Wasserman Schultz condemned violence that she says was perpetrated by Bernie Sanders supporters and inflamed by Sanders himself," Prior said. "Perhaps Wasserman Schultz should open her campaign checkbook and show that she herself condemns violence – particularly against women – by donating to charity the $4800 she received from a convicted domestic abuser.”
American Crossroads notes that Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), the campaign of Democrat Josh Gottheimer, who’s running for a congressional seat in New Jersey, and the Senate Majority PAC have all donated money they previously received from Al-Rashid. If Schultz doesn’t follow suit, how can she continue to speak out against violence as if she’s some kind of women's champion?
Schultz has some other things to worry about – namely, her congressional seat. She faces a primary challenger with some serious cash on hand.