New York City mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang expressed support for Israel amid its clashes with Palestinians in a tweet that drew cheers from top Republicans and jeers from the left – as he sparked the hashtag #YangSupportsGenocide.
“I’m standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists,” Yang tweeted Monday night, referring to the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip.
“The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere,” added the 46-year-old, who along with former cop Eric Adams leads the polls for the June 22 mayoral primary.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz cheered Yang’s message of support for the Jewish state by tweeting: “Bravo to Yang for opposing the rabidly pro-Hamas & anti-Israel attacks from fellow Dems Omar & Tlaib.”
Progressive “Squad” member Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) have both expressed their support for the Palestinians.
On Monday, Omar said in a tweet that “Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism.”
For her part, Tlaib wrote that she was 7 years old when she first prayed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites for both Muslims and Jews, where clashes took place between Palestinians and Israeli police.
“Israel attacks it during Ramadan. Where’s the outrage @POTUS?” she said in a tweet.
Former senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller also applauded Yang, saying in a tweet that “@AndrewYang is exactly right, @IlhanMN is outrageously wrong.”
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain simply posted the hashtag “#YANGGANG!”
Meanwhile, people to the left side of the political spectrum lambasted Yang, including Bishop Talbert Swan, president of the Springfield, Massachusetts, chapter of the NAACP, Business Insider reported.
“The systemic oppression, institutional discrimination, and violent persecution of Palestinians are crimes against humanity. It is wicked, evil, and inhumane. Glad to know where you stand,” he wrote.
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who served seven years of a 35-year prison sentence before President Barack Obama commuted her sentence, reacted to Yang’s tweet with a “Yikes.”