Nothing says "I love the Constitution" like an anti-Semitic joke; at least that's what Republican John Whitbeck seemed to say when he kicked off Ken Cuccinelli's Constitution Day rally by telling a joke that used tired racial stereotypes to make Jews the butt of his joke. Here's a transcript, courtesy of Blue Virginia:
So you know, I'm a Catholic, and one of the things that we- I, by the way I'm John Whitbeck. I'm the 10th District Chairman, one of the things that we celebrate recently is the new pope- [inaudible].Ha, ha, ha, ha . . . oh man, the new Pope is going to be so pissed. I'm betting this asshole just bought himself a couple of centuries in purgatory.
And when the pope is elected, the head of the Jewish faith goes to the Vatican and brings a ceremonial piece of paper, its very old and it dates back hundreds of years, and he puts in the pope's office and he ceremonially hands the piece of paper to the pope, the new pope. And then the new pope ceremonially rejects it. And the head of the Jewish faith leaves . . .
Well, this time around, the Pope said: 'I gotta find out what's on this piece of paper.' So he actually takes it from the head of the Jewish faith, he looks at it, and he closes it [inaudible] and his Jewish counterpart says 'what was it?' And he says, 'that was the bill for the last supper.'
[Tracker says: 'What the hell?']
But here's what so telling: the entire Republican crowd laughed and applauded the joke. I guess we know what Ken Cuccinelli, Mark Obenshain, and the Republican Party of Virginia think of Jewish people.
Update: Ken Cuccinelli is denying that he even knows the guy who served as the emcee at his big Constitution rally--the centerpiece of his campaign reboot. Hilarity ensues as Blue Virginia goes looking for photographs on John Whitbeck's Facebook page.