GOP Use Powers to Leak Columbia Admins’ Private Messages Mocking ‘Privileged’ Jewish Students

by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

Republicans went from rightly complaining about Trump being spied on by his political opponents to using their committee powers to spy on Columbia University administrators’ private text messages for poking fun at “privileged” Jewish students trying to act like victims.

The Education and the Workforce Committee led by AIPAC-funded Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) has been issuing threats and sending subpoenas to Ivy League universities in recent days to get administrators’ private messages in the name of “investigating antisemitism.”


On Tuesday, the Committee published a set of private texts they were sent from Columbia administrators and tried to make a big deal out of a nothingburger.

From The Education and the Workforce Committee, “Columbia Administrators’ Texts Reveal New Depths of Apathy and Disdain Towards Jewish Students”:

Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) today is again demanding accountability for Columbia University administrators after releasing text messages received as part of the Committee’s ongoing antisemitism investigation that show the disparaging and dismissive attitudes Columbia’s administrators hold towards Jewish students.

The text messages, which include numerous offensive messages that have not previously been reported, show senior Columbia College administrators mocking and disparaging the university’s Jewish community, and trafficking in antisemitic tropes regarding Jews and money. The texts accused Jewish students of coming from a “place of privilege,” dismissed their concerns, disparaged officials responsible for Jewish student life, and insinuated that efforts to address the explosion of antisemitism on Columbia’s campus were merely a fundraising ploy.

The texts came from threads involving Susan Chang-Kim, the vice dean and chief administrative officer of Columbia College; Cristen Kromm, the dean of undergraduate student life; Matthew Patashnick, the associate dean for student and family support; and Josef Sorett, the dean of Columbia College.

“Jewish students deserve better than to have harassment and threats against them dismissed as ‘privilege,’ and Jewish faculty members deserve better than to be mocked by their colleagues,” said Chairwoman Foxx. “These text messages once again confirm the need for serious accountability across Columbia’s campus.”

Following reports that four Columbia deans had exchanged disparaging text messages as members of the university’s Jewish community discussed antisemitism in a panel on Jewish life on campus, Chairwoman Foxx demanded that the texts be turned over to the Committee as part of its ongoing investigation into antisemitism at colleges and universities. The subsequent production offered a small but clear window into the administrators’ determination to belittle the antisemitism on campus.

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