We were warned that the Yeger-Hikind race was going to get nasty. We sent a letter to both camp’s outlining what we believed to be the correct way to run a campaign saying we would stay out of it as long as the sides behaved. We wished both camps well, with the warning that we would be watching closely and if anyone went over the line, they would be called out for it. That day has arrived.
For those not versed in the shadow race being waged on whatsapp and social media, the campaigns have been slugging it out with endorsements and counter endorsements. While that in and of itself is par for the course, the nastiness to which the Yoni Hikind campaign has sunk to over the past few days has hit a shocking new low.
For fear of adding more hurt and pain to the Yeger family, suffice it to say the following: candidates running for office can duke it out and accept the consequences, but families must always remain off limits. It what can only be an act of desperation and a lack of understanding from a single unmarried man, Yoni Hikind has targeted Mr. Yeger’s son and his mother for political gain. That’s simply incomprehensible to us. We don’t pretend to be the arbiter of all things politics, but attacking a candidate over his dealings with his family is a bad strategy, guaranteed to create a public backlash. Last year, the Clinton campaign repudiated those who brazenly attacked Baron Trump. To bring the Yeger family into this is sick and wrong.
Bottom line, children are off limits, period!
Additionally last week the Hikind campaign released a whatsapp video depicting special needs children being used as props in a pro Yoni video. Have they no shame? The fact that the Hikind campaign exploited special needs children for political gain shows shows a breathtaking lack of common sense and human decency.
If the team and advisers chosen by Dov Hikind can’t find their moral compass, how can we expect Yoni to find his?
Anyone who preyed on those children should be fired, immediately. It is unacceptable.
We again call on the two campaigns to stop the personal attacks and play nice. We are all watching.
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