Former Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential hopeful Tommy Thompson told Jewish activists Monday that making money is "part of the Jewish tradition," and something that he applauded.
Speaking to an audience at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington D.C., Thompson said that, "I'm in the private sector and for the first time in my life I'm earning money. You know that's sort of part of the Jewish tradition and I do not find anything wrong with that."
Thompson later apologized for the comments that had caused a stir in the audience, saying that he had meant it as a compliment, and had only wanted to highlight the "accomplishments" of the Jewish religion.
Hmm, a right-wing Republican making a not-so-veiled snarky comment playing on stereotypes about religion or race? Wow, there's a surprise.
I hear Tommy's heading to an NAACP convention soon to tell them he loves dancing - which, ya know, is part of the black tradition.
Hey, it's a compliment!