July 8, 2010, - 12:32 pm

Despite Hannity & Tea Party Aid, Anti-Semite Traficant Fails Again

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s good to see Jim Traficant fail.  Fail to get on the ballot.

After his prison term for bribery and corruption, convicted felon, eternal anti-Semite, and disgraced former Congressman James Traficant was largely ignored by the American public and mainstream media.  That’s what he deserved.


Sadly, No Tea Party Anger Brewing Over Anti-Semite Traficant

Sadly, the mainstream “conservative” media–in particular, Sean Hannity–and the Tea Parties gave Traficant a repeated forum to vent his anti-Semitism and Israel-hatred to the masses.  As you’ll recall, I reported that Hannity hosted Traficant on his radio show on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, and his first question to him was about Israel.  The Hannity-Traficant good-cop-bad-cop scheme allowed Traficant to spew his anti-Israel, anti-Semitic comments not just on Hannity’s radio show, but also on his FOX News cable TV show. FOX News’ plastic surgery incongruity, Greta Van Susteren, also gave Traficant a lengthy segment in which to spew his Jew-hatred uninterrupted.  On both Hannity and Van Susteren forums, Traficant blamed the Jews and the pro-Israel lobby for his conviction on bribery (because I guess the JOOOOS forced him to compel his tax-paid Congressional staff to do work on his home and boat).

And then Traficant was an invited featured speaker at Tea Party events all over Ohio.  Not one Tea Party leader denounced Traficant or openly called for Tea Partiers to stop embracing this Jew-hater.  Not one.  In fact, Tea Party activists were the ones who tried to get Traficant on the ballot for a Congressional run. And he was the scheduled feature speaker at a Portage, Ohio Tea Party, but dropped out after he failed to make the ballot.

Fortunately, they failed.  Traficant failed to get enough signatures for his bid to return to Congress, after more than 1,000 of them were thrown out because the signers didn’t live in his Congressional district, weren’t registered to vote, etc.  Traficant was 107 signatures short.  So sad, too bad.

Jim Traficant failed.  But he might have succeeded because phonies like Sean Hannity and the Tea Parties pumped this cretin up.  Remember that the next time you hear about the “good work” of Hannity and the Tea Parties.  Don’t believe the hype.  The facts say otherwise.

They tried to make a Traficant into a Traficould.  Thankfully, they failed.  But the saddest thing here is that, had Traficant gotten on the ballot, he might have won the election, thanks to Tea Partiers.

And that’s the scariest part of this story.  Glad we didn’t get to see the “what if.”

CNN got rid of Octavia Nasr and Hearst fired Helen Thomas. When will Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, FOX News, and the Tea Parties finally have the decency get rid of Jim Traficant?

Sadly, probably never.

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27 Responses

Why isn’t Charlie Rangel in jail? Too big to fail?

pat on July 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Yesterdays Muslim hate crime de jour, the Georgia mosque fire, turn out to be another setup.

Muslim community member charged in Marietta mosque fire

not quite the national coverage the hate crime announcement received, tho.

pat on July 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm

He should be a ‘manager’ in professional wrestling. He is so incredibly over-the-top, how could anyone take this idiot seriously?

#1 Vato on July 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Great article. Pat Buchanan should be fired too.

Fred Taub on July 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm

“When will Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, FOX News, and the Tea Parties finally have the decency get rid of Jim Traficant?” When Fox isn’t in the pocket of the Aussie and the Saudi? As you said – probably never.

Moi on July 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm

This just proves what Debbie has been saying for so long. Having people like Traficant, Pat Buchanan, Darrell Issa, etc., on various Fox News programs, proves that Fox News is almost as bad as CNN. Sickening. People need to wake up.

One Irish Jew on July 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Traficant looks like a opossum crawled onto his head and died.

Truth on July 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm

now that I am no longer a Democrat- I also find I am unable to embrace being a Republican- and now can’t find any home with tea partiers– I certainly do not embrace the Libertarians having seen thier antiIsrael platform.

what is a Jew do do? not vote at all? vote the least worst? make our own party of a tiny minority of a minority?

I have never felt so alone, so apart from the rest- I guess that has alwasy been our fate as JEWS

Isahiah62 on July 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    [Isahiah62 – what is a Jew do do? not vote at all? vote the least worst? make our own party of a tiny minority of a minority?]

    What you get to do is vote for an _individual_, not a party. Sometimes that does mean you vote for the lessor of two evils, or not vote at all if the lessor evil is beyond your level of tolerance.

    I_AM_ME on July 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Subscribe to National Review. They may not pass the Debbie fridelity test (nobody does—her passion and precision are awe-inspiring—truly), but they will be the most consistently pro-Israel Conservative Mag you can read. Oh, and the Weekly Standard.

    You will find most Tea Partiers are NOT Ron Paul fans. It’s just that, like their master, Paultards have VERY, VERY large mouths and very small brains. They get blown out of proportion.

    The Libertarians fail to realize that we are in a Civilizational crisis.

    Occam's Tool on March 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      Sorry–Debbie Fidelity Test. Truly, an admirable, consistent woman.

      Occam's Tool on March 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Anybody else live down in SoCal? Vannity’s Freedom CONcert is going to be in San Diego (close to Old Town) on August 28 (Saturday) and I’m thinking about making up a large placard to get people thinking about how much money they are wasting to support Vannity’s bloated budgets for private jets, expensive hotels,… But most importantly, to expose Vannity for stealing money from our veterans so that ole squinty eyes can inflate his ego.

Jarhead on July 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Anti-Semitism and attacks on Asians is and will always be tolerated by those in power, while anyone who dares to criticize a black individual will be labeled a racist and will be sent to political or professional oblivion.

Once again, the old canard by Buchanan et al. of Jews controlling the media and the country falls by the wayside. If we controlled the media, why would we allow such anti-Semitic filth to emanate?

Much of the media and people in power have either been bought off by the Muslims, or intimidated into cowardice for fear of terrorism or worse, ostracism by the Hollywood Elite. And who do you think is spreading much of the hate against the Jews? Yup, the Muslims, assisted by their moneyed friends, the Saudis.

Jonathan Grant on July 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

It’s no surprise that Hannity would host such a person. He does the same with Pat Buchanan. Pat has been on Hannity a number of times, with Hannity singing his praises. I emailed Hannity a few times about Pat and his virulent Anti-Semitism with no reply. As a result I simply Refuse to listen to his program, whether it be on radio or TV (which I quit watching altogether anyway). It is NO different when it comes to local radio hosts. I wrote the local radio host about Pat also and all I heard back was excuses, “he has some good points”. Well, that doesn’t Cut It. I’m sure Hitler, y’mach shmo, had some good ideas also. It is evident that those who claim to “love and support” Israel and/or the Jews are doing so conditionally.

S: I’ve noted Hannity’s promotion of Pat Buchanan and his anti-Semitism on this site, many, many times. DS

Sharbano on July 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm

It tells us the conservative movement doesn’t greatly about the kind of people it associates with or recruits to run for office. Not about their character or principles. Yes, Jim Traficant failed. But not because conservatives shunned him.

As Debbie observed, will it ever shun people like Traficant? We have our answer and its not a good sign.

NormanF on July 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm

“S: I’ve noted Hannity’s promotion of Pat Buchanan and his anti-Semitism on this site, many, many times. DS”

That makes it even More troubling. Since I only found this site today I’m unaware of what has been covered. I read a post from another site that referenced an article here and found myself here. There’s very few sites I visit, but this will be one I’ll check regularly. It good to see someone who will not justify a person simply because they are prominent and on the right.

Sharbano on July 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

This is one time I believe a veil is proper.

Why isn’t Traficant covering his ugly mug? He should be ashamed.

As goes Israel - so goes the World on July 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Isahiah62 there are so many of us out there it is stunning. Not all Jewish either fwiw. November is gonna be so critical!

Moi on July 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

He should have just walked away in silence after he had completed his prison term. The man was a disgrace to his constituents and the House of Representatives. He consciously used each office he held for personal gain.

Worry01 on July 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Another excellent post, Debbie.

JeffE on July 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I guess talk radio just mirrors the degradation of society. I hear that in Illinois Blago was a talk show host for a number of months before his trial. A true sociopath. I guess Traficant’s crooked election petitions are just par for his overall character and record.

Little Al on July 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Greta Van Susteren prays to an ugly dead fat guy in a yachting cap.

Daniel H on July 9, 2010 at 3:45 am

Great article Debbie, once again you nailed it on the head sister, I remember back last fall Hannity had this anti-semite vermin on his radio show on Yom Kippur and it was plain old disgusting listening to Mr. Traficant spewing out his ignorant anti-semtic remarks about jewish people, and did Hannity do, he acted like Mr. Rogers and played too nice with Traficant. Your right Debbie, News Corp along with the Tea Party movement (and they are doing a great job til this point, but they must distance themselves from the Republicans who are co-opting the movement in order to get votes this fall), etc., need to distance themselves from this Traficant rat, and I don’t think that News Corp has the balls to do so, because 20% of their stock is owned by a prince in Saudi Arabia!

PS, Debbie, why haven’t wrote an article about this hateful black racist group called the Black Panthers! You know these racist cockroaches have been under fire all week long for making anti-white statements by claiming they want to kill whites, blah, blah, blah. Debbie, I’m a black-male and I am ashamed and embarrassed at black racist groups like the Black Panther, Nation of Islam, etc., they don’t represent me as a black person and they don’t represent black people in general!

“A nation is identified by it’s borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on July 9, 2010 at 10:46 am


There is the Loyalist Party as well – which is the only party that has recognized Islam as the enemy. I’d strongly urge looking @ them!

Infidel Pride on July 11, 2010 at 5:02 am

Unfortunately, Jim Traficant only says what many people in this country actually feel but are afraid to express in public.
Jews in this country have been fortunate in the past 40-50 years as they have benefitted from a wave of prosperity and relative lack of competition but I am afraid that those days are coming to an end and that things will be gradually getting worse in the future. I am also afraid that the same fortune applies for the state of Israel.

RG on July 21, 2010 at 6:55 am

This article is a complete load of horse manure, by a high minded, low intelligence spin doctor. Jim Traficant was completely railroaded and not even able to cross examine or call one witness in his corruption trial.
This article is a disgrace to honest journalism, and is an obvious smear campaign. There is no anti-jewish agenda being waged by Jim Traficant, there is only an honest assessment of facts – the Israeli lobby in America has a stanglehold on US foriegn policy!! If you don’t know that you are a complete idiot. And to say that anyone who would call into question this is an “anti-semite”, is not at all “pro-semite” (or whatever you think you are being) – it is entirely UN-AMERICAN!!

This disgusting journalist is a disgrace to the modern news and should be sued for slander. Sickening and sad.

j farris on August 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Mr. Farris:

    Let me explain to you an unshakeable definition of antisemitism: any thing that is likely to get Jews as a group injured or killed. Trafficant’s rants suffice. As do yours.

    Good day, Terrorist Catamite.

    Occam's Tool on March 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

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