The New York Times – hardly a bastion of conservatism and pro-Israel sentiment itself – ripped Barron apart for his hate-filled rhetoric and radical extremist left-wing views, calling him “an embarrassing ideologue, who rants against Israel.”
Going into further detail about the City Councilman’s outrageous actions over the years, the Times related how Barron has publicly praised both the late Libyan dictator Muammar Khadafy and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, each of whom gained worldwide notoriety for the brutal oppression of their citizens.
The Times additionally related, “At a speech in Washington calling on the federal government to pay slavery reparations, Mr. Barron declared: ‘I want to go up to the closest white person and say, ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing,’ and then slap him just for my mental health.”
Outlining its support of Barron’s opponent, the Times stated: “Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries is a solid legislator. He has worked to bring in more affordable housing and strengthened protections for tenants.”
The Daily News has not minced any words in expressing its disgust with Councilman Barron. Calling him “a relic of a bitter bygone era…who plays a one-note trumpet of racial grievance,” the popular newspaper notes that Barron has called for training public school teachers in “Ebonics” and described housing development as “a new wave of Jim Crowism.”
In contrast, the paper offers substantive details to back up its strong support of Jeffries. “He has stood on principle for nonpartisan redistricting — a crucial fix to the DNA of New York’s democracy,” the News explains. “And he fought to lift the charter school cap as part of sweeping educational reforms that won New York $700 million in new federal funding.” Summing up its position in the Congressional race, the Daily News declared, “One man in this contest is a class act. The other is a malignant clown.”
Calling Barron a “shameless racial demagogue,” The New York Post noted that he once called Israel “the biggest terrorist nation on Earth.” Endorsing Jeffries, the newspaper described him as a “top-notch litigator with private-sector experience,” and lauded the Assemblyman for eschewing classic liberal thinking by embracing school choice.
Perhaps most surprising of all is the strong condemnation of Barron released by the well-known liberal website, moveon.org. In an e-mail sent to its members urging voters to vote against the bombastic City Councilman, moveon.org provided a sampling of some of Barron’s incendiary quotes.
“Out there, they don’t know that Qaddafi was our brother,” Barron is quoted as saying. “People say ‘Didn’t he kill all those people?’ I say, ‘I don’t know anything.’” The website conclusively states that “Charles Barron is one of those people who don’t belong in elected office.”