More than four months have passed since that day when one of our elected public officials, Alex Fisch, offended many residents, Jews and non-Jews alike, with his comments comparing Nazi concentration camps to homeless shelters in Palmdale.
No apology, no empathy, no accountability. This is completely unacceptable and Alex Fisch must be removed from office. He is unfit to serve in a leadership capacity.
Since June 29, 2022, not only has Mr. Fisch doubled down on his comments, he has also tripled down in a now-removed-from-Facebook election campaign video. This is shocking and disturbing to witness. Even more, Fisch’s own campaign manager, Jared Morgan, has publicly demeaned and denounced residents on Twitter who take issue with Alex Fisch’s behavior.
In one of the most despicable actions taken by the Fisch campaign this year, Jared Morgan tweeted directly at the American Jewish Council and Stop Antisemitism, two well-respected Jewish organizations dedicated to ridding the world of hate, and accused THEM of trying to sway our local election.
Yes, that’s right. You read that correctly. Jared Morgan, Alex Fisch’s campaign manager, took their interviews from July 2022 in the Jewish Journal and twisted the timeline to pretend that they were conspiring in late October 2022 to influence the outcome of our election. Some quotes from the Jewish Journal piece were used on the four page anti-Fisch advertisements (conceived, funded, and distributed by Culver Studios) that were mailed to Culver City residents, and that seemed to be ‘evidence enough’ for Mr. Morgan to build his wildly offensive and antisemitic allegations.
Jared Morgan is a City-appointed commissioner on the Equity and Human Relations Advisory Committee. (Take a breath. Take another. Shake your head.) It is an antisemitic trope to accuse Jews of controlling the outcomes of world events. To speak directly (and publicly on the Internet) to both the American Jewish Council and Stop Antisemites with antisemitic tropes is hate speech, plain and simple. And clearly, Mr. Jared Morgan needs to step down as commissioner.
We are deeply dismayed and hurt that hate speech came directly from Alex Fisch’s campaign on Twitter. Mr. Morgan’s comments show how he is purposefully misinterpreting and trying to call out these Jewish groups: “I believe this criticism having it publicly shared during this race is concerning.” The advertisement clearly shows the dates of the original quotes from back in July. Nobody is fooled. And we do not wish to engage with Mr. Morgan’s inflammatory and misplaced, wacky COVID lockdown/slavery comparison.
Mr. Fisch’s campaign, his actions, and his behavior demonstrate everything we need to know about his style of leadership: if you are hurt, Alex Fisch considers it an option to ignore your suffering, even if he is the cause.
Everyone should be upset about all of this! For those who wish to defend Mr. Morgan’s and Mr. Fisch’s comments, you are missing an opportunity to engage and listen to your neighbors who are in pain about them, in pain about their unwillingness to apologize, and in pain about their persistent reiteration of harm. You are not doing anything to help by shaming and scolding (with endless letters to the editor, Facebook posts, and Twitter posts) those who are clearly expressing their painful experience. Your dismissal makes the wound deeper. Please stop.
It is terrible to see residents deflect Alex Fisch’s comments and instead come after Common Sense Culver City as though we are inventing a witch hunt or a smear campaign. We want an apology. We want accountability. We all have the agency and the right to choose our thoughts and interpretations, but if you choose to dismiss and minimize the pain that your neighbor expresses, then we ask you to pause and reflect on that.
On 07/11/2022, the first public comments were made in City Council on the record about Alex Fisch’s actions. He could have taken the time to respond right then and there, but he chose silence. Please watch: