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Dem candidate apologizes for ‘antisemitic’ post after receiving backlash from his own party: ‘Disgusting’

Democrat Mondaire Jones, a former House member running again in New York’s 17th district, apologized a day after sending a message that many social media users, including members of his own political party, viewed as antisemitic. 

Following California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s ouster from the speaker role in a 216 to 210 vote on Wednesday — where eight Republicans joined every Democrat in the lower chamber — Jones took to X to post a picture of McCarthy with Jewish leaders while adding, “Well this was a waste of everyone’s time.”

The photo showed McCarthy wearing a yarmulke and eating alongside the Jewish leaders. Social media users quickly condemned the message.

The winner of the Democratic primary in New York’s 17th district will face Republican Rep. Mike Lawler, who knocked out longtime Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney after redistricting reshaped the reliably blue area into a swing district. 

Jones had previously represented the 17th but stepped aside for Maloney, running unsuccessfully instead in a primary for the reshaped 10th district.

Fox News Digital’s Cameron Cawthorne and Emily Robertson contributed to this report.

Joe Schoffstall is a politics producer/reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to Joe.Schoffstall@Fox.com and on Twitter: @joeschoffstall

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