We knew him when he was just a reality television star, Kosher Sex guru, Englewood zoning board plaintiff, Republican congressional candidate, and columnist for the Jewish Standard.
More recently, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has embraced social media, with 240,000 followers and 41,000 tweets on his @RabbiShmuley Twitter account.
He also has embraced the incoming Trump administration.
Rabbi Boteach recently posted a picture of himself standing with incoming White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who previously boasted of helping turn Breitbart’s website into a platform for the alt-right white supremacist movement. Bannon seemed decidedly ill at ease in posing with the rabbi, his left hand clenched tightly into a fist, but he smiled for the camera.
Shmuley wasn’t the only one who liked the picture.
On the other the end of the political spectrum, the liberal group Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights made the picture into a social media post of its own, juxtaposing it with a picture of a Jewish anti-Bannon protest and captioning it: “Not your rabbi? Stand with ours.”
It’s like they say: You know you’ve made the big time when your enemies are fundraising with your face. So congratulations, Shmuley! We’re proud to say we knew you when.