On the gabfest a couple of weeks ago, left-wing pundit Ana Navarro, who plays an anti-Trump Republican on TV, questioned how thoroughly Crist had vetted running mate Karla Hernández-Mats.
The query came after Crist appeared blindsided after pro-DeSantis forces revived a 2016 Hernandez tweet expressing sympathy for the death of Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro.
Now, after having defended Hernández-Mats against the staunchly anti-Castro Cuban community in South Florida, Crist must again defend her to another key South Florida demographic group: the Jewish population.
The Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday noted that Hernández-Mats, head of the teachers;’ union in Miami, one of the largest in the country, had questioned former President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The relocation had long been a desire of conservative Jews and pro-Israel advocatesin the U.S.
For his part, Trump just carried out what for years had been a formal but never implemented U.S. policy.
Congress actually mandated the embassy relocation in 1995.
Yet liberals bashed Trump as reckless and claimed the move would foment anti-U.S. hatred in the Arab world and generate untold violence.
Instead, peace broke out, as a handful of Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, essentially yawned and then cut peace agreements with Israel.
In May 2018, shortly after the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem officially opened, Hernández-Mats retweeted a Twitter post by a Democratic operative, Leah Daughtry.
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“All these folks saying that moving the Embassy is biblical. I’m pretty familiar with the Bible. Can’t say i recall any mention of the US, an embassy, or moving of said Embassy,” Daughtry tweeted in the message Hernández circulated. “I’m gonna need a citation, with chapter & verse.”
The post featured hashtags saying “Gaza” and “the holy land.”
Crist dodged the Free Beacon’s request for a comment as to whether he supports Hernandez’s position on the embassy question.
The Desantis campaign, however, did not.
“Floridians deserve to know if Charlie agrees with these anti-Israel sentiments,” Dave Abrams, a DeSantis campaign spokesman, told the Free Beacon.
“Governor DeSantis is the most pro-Israel governor in America. He was honored to be in Jerusalem for the establishment of our embassy in 2018, and as a member of Congress, he helped lead the fight to make this longstanding promise a reality.”
“By contrast, Charlie Crist’s running mate implied that moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem as part of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital is unjust and wrong.”