Schumer’s preposterous claim appeared in this article: “Democrats Turn Against Israel,” Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2017:
…There are still pro-Israel Democrats, but they are beleaguered and equivocal. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, now the minority leader, described himself in 2010 as the Senate’s protector of Israel: “My name . . . comes from a Hebrew word. It comes from the word shomer, which mean guardian.” But how effectively has he played that role?
In 2015 Mr. Schumer was one of four Senate Democrats to vote against Mr. Obama’s Iran deal. But killing it would have taken 13 Democrats, and Politico reported Mr. Schumer phoned Democratic colleagues to “assure them he would not be whipping opposition to the deal.” Mr. Schumer—whose Brooklyn apartment building has been protested by leftist opponents of President Trump—was also an early backer of Mr. Ellison for the party chairmanship….
Not only was Schumer’s opposition to the Iran deal empty posturing, but he was lying about his name. Geller Report reader Jeff writes me: “As for Chuck Schumer’s preposterous claim that his name derives from the Hebrew root, shomer (guard), this is just typical of this kapo’s bluster. If Schumer could speak Hebrew or had actual knowledge of Jewish history, he would know that Ashkenazi surnames are almost always of European derivation. His is no exception. And is in fact, most appropriate.”
Wildly appropriate, in fact. According to Ancestry.com, the name Schumer comes from “North German (Schümer): nickname from Middle Low German schumer ‘good-for-nothing’, ‘vagabond.’”
Few, if any, politicians have been more aptly named.
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