Kamala Harris’ Jewish husband totally botches the story of Hanukkah

Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, botched the history behind Hanukkah in a tweet Monday before scrambling to delete his version of why Jewish people celebrate the ancient miracle.

Emhoff, who is Jewish, shared an image of himself and Harris lighting a menorah, before attempting to explain the origins of the eight-day Jewish holiday.

“The story of Hanukkah and the story of the Jewish people has always been one of hope and resilience. In the Hanukkah story, the Jewish people were forced into hiding,” Emhoff wrote. “No one thought they would survive or that the few drops of oil they had would last.”

“But they survived and the oil kept burning,” he added. “During those eight days in hiding, they recited their prayers and continued their traditions. That’s why Hanukkah means dedication. It was during those dark nights that the Maccabees dedicated themselves to maintaining hope and faith in the oil, each other, and their Judaism. In these dark times, I think of that story.”

However, his take on the story missed the real intent.

As explained by Fox News, “[T]he Hanukkah story isn’t about Jews hiding with only a little bit of oil. The holiday celebrates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the second century and celebrates the Jewish Maccabee’s victory over their Greek-Syrian oppressors. When the Jews sought to re-dedicate the temple, they found only a one-day supply of sacred oil that miraculously lasted for eight days.”

The fallout on social media was not kind to Mr. Kamala Harris and helps explain why he deleted his tweet… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on X:

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