GOP convention shuts down YouTube comments in wake of anti-Semitic abuse
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GOP convention shuts down YouTube comments in wake of anti-Semitic abuse

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18:  Former Gov. Linda Lingle (R-HI) speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Former Gov. Linda Lingle (R-HI) speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Republican National Convention shut down comments on its YouTube livestream after anti-Semitic abuse appeared during a speech by Linda Lingle, the Jewish former governor of Hawaii.

Comments including “Make America Jewish Again” punctuated by yellow stars of David and “Ban Jews” appeared on the feed, the liberal news website Raw Story reported. The reference was to presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s campaign theme to “Make America Great Again.”

Lingle, Hawaii’s governor from 2002 to 2010, and now the chief operating officer of Illinois, dedicated much of her speech on Monday to claiming that Republicans have become more reliable friends to Israel than Democrats.

The convention’s communication office did not reply to a request for comment. Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman, told JTA during the morning press conference that he did not “know anything about that.”

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