Former Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney is back in the news in a major way.
Here's some context from a Politico story on why the French comedian is so controversial:
Dieudonné, who was detained by police in January after posting a comment that seemed to support the Charlie Hebdo gunmen, has a history of making anti-Semitic jokes and remarks. His website, Quenel+, is a play on the French TV channel Canal+ as well as the quenelle, a gesture he created that many have equated to a Nazi salute.
In one routine, Dieudonné said that when he thought of a particular Jewish journalist, the gas chamber came to mind.
In the Facebook post that led to his arrest, he responded to the “Je suis Charlie” movement by saying he was like Amedy Coulibaly, one of the alleged gunmen in another attack in France.
This isn't McKinney's first foray into this realm. After becoming a top target of the pro-Israel lobby for opposing aid to the Jewish nation, she accused her opponents of antisemitism. Her father, then-state Rep. Billy McKinney, said of her 2002 primary fight that "Jews have bought everybody."
She landed back in the national news after members of her entourage spewed anti-Semitic rhetoric at members of the media during another election battle in 2006. And after she was ousted from Congress, she hopped aboard ships that sought to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza strip and associated herself with Holocaust deniers.
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