Joe Briggs is a candidate for Suwanee City Council in Georgia and is now standing behind an appalling series of tweets he’d made, including thanking Nazi’s for their contribution “to U.S. society.”
The Atlantic-Journal Constitution reported Thursday that City Council candidate Joe Briggs made anti-Semitic declarations like “at least the Nazis assimilate and contributed to U.S. society.”
Other offensive, racially charged tweets only surfaced recently, in which Briggs compared Jews to Nazis and called Zionists “cockroaches.”
In August, after CNN fired Jeffrey Lord for tweeting the phrase “Sieg Heil” to the Media Matters president, Briggs tweeted:
‘CNN is run by white supremacists. Zionists in Israel far worse than anything described in Mein Kampf. Get over it’
Later in September, Briggs used his Twitter account to beg Trump administration aides to “get the Jews out of the White House and out of POTUS’ ear.”
Following up with a tweet that said:
‘At least the Nazis assimilated and contributed to US society. The problem is that Jews don’t care about racism – because they are racist. They only care about racism directed towards them. Square that.’
The AJC spoke to Briggs, who used his statement as an opportunity to accuse political rivals of purposely digging up dirt to distract from their inadequacies.
Briggs told the AJC:
‘I’m absolutely not racist in the very least. The current board has failed to take the number of kids and cars into consideration when zoning and allowing variances, and we are steeped in traffic, our schools have overflowed into trailers, and our kids don’t have enough practice fields to play ball. So someone has unscrupulously dug up the ultimate “antisemitic” dirt on me in order to stop the discussion. I hope the voters of Suwanee are above it.’
The City Council candidate didn’t succeed in convincing many that he was, in fact, not racist. Doc Wilker, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Atlanta office, called Joe Briggs’ comments both offensive and insulting.
‘Especially the comment about Jews as bugs or cockroaches is an indication, it’s classic anti-Zionist trope. The notion that, “I’m not anti-Semitic, I’m just anti-Israel,” it doesn’t fly anymore. Briggs may not be racist, but he’s definitely anti-Semitic.’
According to the AJC,
‘Briggs’ tweets, which he confirmed are authentic, are now “protected” and viewable only to approved followers.’
A wife of a current Suwanee City Council member, who is of Jewish decent, brought the tweets to light.
In another now-protected, tweet Briggs called slavery “cheap labor to big business.”
Featured Image via Briggs’ no longer publicly available Facebook page.