Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind has been harshly criticized lately for dressing up in blackface
at a Purim party: Jon Stewart made fun of him
, and city leaders have called for him to resign
. This is surely the stupidest thing Dov Hikind has ever done as a public figure, but he has long been odious. Two years ago, I wrote a piece, "8 Things You Need to Know About Brooklyn's Racist and Gay-Hating Assemblyman
," that outlined some outrageous and offensive past positions and actions. He's done more outrageous and offensive stuff since then. Here are some highlights.
In July 2012, Hikind was outraged
that Bloomberg disapproved of an Orthodox custom in which rabbis remove the blood following a circumcision using their mouths—a practice that has infected children with herpes, at least once fatally. "Orthodox Judaism isn't barbaric," Hikind said. "There's no call for Mayor Bloomberg to speak disrespectfully to our community, to speak condescendingly about our cultural traditions." No call except for the dead baby?
Last month, he called on
the president of Brooklyn College to resign—which is funny, because I had done the same thing in 2011, when she allowed pressure from Hikind to lead her to fire a professor whose academic credentials were insufficiently pro-Israel. This time around, Gould refused to disallow the school's political science department to host a forum supporting the BDS—boycott, divestment and sanction—movement against Israel. For Hikind, this was an unforgivable outrage. Bloomberg, an avowed supporter of Israel, responded differently
. "If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kind of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea." [photo
Last year, Hikind endorsed Mitt Romney—and campaigned for him. “Florida. Pennsylvania. Wherever Romney needs need me, I’ll be there,” Hikind said
in September. Blech. He also supported John McCain and George W. Bush. Double blech. [photo
In September of 2011, he supported
Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner, who won in part by odiously campaigning against the "Ground Zero Mosque" long after the Lower Manhattan Islamic Cultural Center had ceased to be an issue. Hikind supported Turner after his opponent, David Weprin, who's Jewish, came out in support of same-sex marriage. [photo
In 2012, Hikind aligned himself with Glenn Beck in questioning members of the Park Slope Food Co-Op who advocated for a ban on hummus from Israel. "You have some idiots in Brooklyn," Hikind said
at an event with Beck. Takes one to know one, Dov.
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