Rep. Walker Thomas (R) and Sen. Rick Girdler (R) both used the anti-Semitic phrase, seemingly unaware of how offensive it was.
February 24, 2022

Rep. Walker Thomas (R) and Sen. Rick Girdler (R) both used the anti-Semitic phrase, seemingly unaware of how offensive it was. Thomas said he'd heard the phrase “throughout” his life and offered an apology to anyone harmed by his use of it.

“I sincerely regret using that term and apologize to anyone harmed by my use of it. This is not who I am, nor is it what my faith leads me to be,” Thomas said. “It is a phrase I have heard throughout my life, but this experience has provided me with an opportunity to reflect on the impact that words have and the fact that we must be smarter today than we were yesterday.“

I don't know. If you've heard and used a phrase throughout your life and are still using it in 2022 this seems to me to be a reflection of exactly who you are.

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

Two legislators in the state’s Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee have apologized after using anti-Semitic language when commenting on a state lease agreement on Tuesday. Rep. Walker Thomas, R-Hopkinsville, and committee chairman Sen. Rick Girdler, R-Somerset, both used the phrase “Jew them down” in reference to bargaining for a lower price on a lease.
Girdler then asks if there are any questions on the matter. Thomas is heard faintly on a hot mic laughing after asking if the state could “jew them down on the price.”

The committee chairman then repeats Thomas’ words, shortly thereafter recognizing their impropriety. “We’ve got a representative up here (asking) if you could Jew them down a little bit on the price,” Girdler said, pausing briefly. “That ain’t the right word to use. ‘Drop them down,’ I guess.”

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