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Joe Kaufman, ‘The Daily Joke’

By Javier Manjarres

John Stewart’s Daily Show recently ran a segment that featured Nezar Hamze, the Florida Director of CAIR, Americans Against Hate Founder and congressional candidate Joe Kaufman along with the laughable Broward County Republicans (BREC), and it’s a must watch video that will likely prompt a double facepalm out of embarrassment for those who were featured.

This sorry saga began when Hamze approached Broward GOP Chairman Richard ‘Dick’ DeNapoli and told him of his intentions to become a BREC member and possibly start his own Muslim Republican club.  DeNapoli avoided answering Hamze request directly and scurried to tell Joe Kaufman about Hamze’s intentions.  Soon after, Kaufman attended the Fort Lauderdale Tea Party meeting and announced Hamze’s intentions to the group, denounced his actions, and asked everyone to stand against Hamze’s application.

The Shark Tank’s reporting of Hamze’s intentions to join the local GOP prompted national media outlets to pick up this breaking story.  Many national authorities on the subject of Islam including Pamela Gellar praised the Shark Tank for breaking the story that the BREC was trying to sweep under the rug.

Enter Jon Stewart, aka Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.  Stewart decided to pick up the story and satirize the incident with one of his typical “reports” that makes all of those involved look like fools to his “enlightened” audience. It was not long ago that Stewart recently sent “reporters” to set up Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi- both were wise enough as to avoid and ignore Jon Stewart.

Stewart sent his correspondent down to Florida to interview both Hamze and Kaufman-it was obvious that Kaufman saw this as an opportunity to gain a little ‘earned media’ for his fledgling congressional campaign, but his acceptance clearly shows that he lacks the judgement and the common sense to consider the possibility that he would ultimately serve as the butt of the Stewart’s joke- and he was.

What type of congressional candidate would put themselves in such a compromising position on a TV show like The Daily Show and put their candidacy at risk?  One that’s looking for some easy PR but doesn’t consider the consequences, which is exactly what Joe Kaufman did.  What’s worse, Kaufman could not even define what the word “against” means, and Stewart’s producers were quick to cue the laugh track.

In addition, Kaufman praised DeNapoli’s actions in the matter when in fact they were anything but praiseworthy.   The BREC is currently under criminal investigation for filing a false police report, and it has a long track record of unscrupulous and questionable actions.

I don’t exactly have the dictionary in front of me to able to figure that out- Joe Kaufman, when asked for the definition of the word “against.”

Kaufman recently insulted one of South Florida’s most influential rabbis after he learned that this rabbi was supporting his opponent, Karen Harrington in the Republican primary.  Kaufman scolded the Rabbi by telling him that “You should be ashamed of yourself for supporting her.”  Offended, the rabbi proceeded to tell Kaufman that it was he that was an “embarrassment” and suggested that he drop out of the race.

Stewart’s video makes all involved look foolish, and Kaufman’s participation in it makes it crystal clear that he simply lacks the judgement for Congress or any other legislative body.   Watch the video, be prepared to cringe.


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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  1. Steve K. January 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Jon Stewart is an Obama-supporting Jewish traitor. I say this as a Jew.

    • Andreas January 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      How is he a traitor? Please explain that one…

      • Tina January 7, 2012 at 5:01 am

        Is this the same Joe Kaufman that supported and endorsed(R)Bob Smith over Marco Rubio in the Florida senate race in 2010? You know… (R)Bob Smith that supported liberal(D)John Kerry over President George Bush in 2008. What a jackass!

      • Morena January 9, 2012 at 1:41 am

        if you can’t see it…you will never understand it

    • X Joe Kaufman supporter January 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Go to 3:50 into clip. Did the reporter just say to Joe… You two are basically the same, Big business small minded. And Joe Kaufman said that may be true but… OMG! This guy is a total moron! lol!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tea Party Tina April 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Joe Kaufman is a MORON! LOL!!!

  2. Bewildered January 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Makes you embarassed to be a Republican. Joe needs to go, and DeNapoli with him.

  3. Rory Trup January 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Let’s look at this with critical thinking. First, Only Republicans have standards. The left takes anybody. Democrats get support from prostitutes, the drug dealers/users, criminals, communists, abortionists, atheists, pornographers, swingers, gays and any profession paid through tax collections (government workers). Second, CAIR is a public relations front for Muslims moderate and radical. Cair has been caught laundering money to terrorist organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood. Thus, by fact and association CAIR is a hate group worse than the KKK. Hamze can not be in his right mind. He seemed rational, but, can he be so gullible about CAIR. Search ‘ACT for America’ for indepth information re. CAIR. Therefore the Republicans and Kaufman are justified. I rest my case. Peace.

    • Morena January 9, 2012 at 1:43 am

      you are right on target and have a clear mind…unlike the rest of the moroms who watch Jon Stewart….idiots

    • Morena January 9, 2012 at 1:47 am

      furthermore…republicans do not want to be association with any type of garbage…unlike your democrats…who stand now stand for nothing but have stood on the wrong side of history from slavery to communism to terrorism…democrats are always on the wrong side of humanity and morality

      • Sally April 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        Surely you jest? You are supporting the GOP which has taken away legal abortion rights, wants to criminalize women who miscarry, plans to end contraception (thus increasing abortions, legal or not,) end the union s that built the middle class and replace it with lower wages and no benefits, but HUGE corporate profits for the white bosses, end public education and thus deny many any education at all, make teaching so unattractive that only the less gifted will even attempt teaching as a career, end all social programs that help the poor, seniors, children, and anyone not employed by a big company (who will have to find employees outside of the US as we destroy our public university system,) and start more wars. Not to mention your hatred of any revenue for the government, which means your war machine gets MORE money, and all the things that help people are unfunded. When your sewer line breaks, how will your town pay for a new one? And you think Democrats are the bad guys? Please, wake up.

  4. Bewildered January 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    And we have a Congressional candidate who can’t give the meaning for “against” without a dictionary? I rest my case.

    • Steve K. January 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      I thought it ironic the apologist for Islam (the interviewer) did not ask Kaufman the definition of hate, but the definition of “against,” as in (Amercans) “against” hate; i.e., Nezar Hamze’s and his CAIR jihadists’ hatred for non-Muslims, Jews, Christians and other subhumans.

    • Morena January 9, 2012 at 1:52 am

      but a President Clinton sexual harrasing and raping woman….lying under oath and not knowing the meaning of “is” makes him the most qualified and popular democrat?? Figure….liberal double standards

  5. Michael Golieb January 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Taqiyya – Lying is a strategy to advance Islam called taqiyyah, or “holy deception.” Under taqiyyah, a Muslim is allowed to lie and say anything to pull the wool over the eyes of the non-Muslims and deceive them.

    Shame on Jon Stewart and The Shark Tank for allowing this Terrorist in sheep’s clothing such a public forum!!!

    • Steve K. January 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Why do these haters want to infiltrate the Republican party? Why don’t they go to the party of Obama where they are welcome? Is the GOP the party of hatred, bigotry, anti-Semitism and racism?

      • Jim Trebowski January 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        You can’t be serious.

      • Rich January 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm


        • Je January 7, 2012 at 2:26 am

          This guy is RETARDED! Is he really running for Congress?

      • Tea Party Member in District 20. January 7, 2012 at 2:30 am

        This is the funniest sh*t I have ever seen! Joe Kaufman has got to be hiding in a cave right now. LOL!!!!!!!!

      • Morena January 9, 2012 at 1:59 am

        Read history and you will learn that the Democratic Party is the party of hatred, bigotry, racism and antisemitism…

        • Sally April 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          Read any current history and you will find that the true party of hate is the GOP, or just listen to Hannity, Santorum or even Palin with her ‘real Americans’ and everyone else.

    • Rose January 7, 2012 at 2:22 am

      @ Michael Golieb, if it was not for Javier reporting on this and exposing this punk from CAIR nobody would of known of what CAIR was trying to do. Javier did his job and I thank him for that. You and the Joe Kaufman’s of the world want to try and turn this around and make Javier look like a terrorist sympathizer just for political gain because Javier endorsed Joe’s rival. Grow up…

    • TheProfessor January 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Right “Golieb” why don’t you try learning from “actual credible” people instead of people like Pamela “Gellar” and Spencer who are backed up David “Horowitz”

      I quote the names because had the roles been reversed, and had Kaufman been the one rejected, this would be considered some serious anti-Semitism but because it’s against Muslims, it’s fair game.

      That is the definition of “bigotry”

      Taqiyya was brought around by a “Scholar” not “Religion”

      The same way you came across the wrong information, you should use your brain a little more and find the “right” information.

      Don’t do that again…

    • Embarrassed BREC Member January 8, 2012 at 1:19 am

      This guy Nezar Hamze seems like a good guy to me. I think Joe Kaufman owes this guy an apology!

    • Morena January 9, 2012 at 1:53 am

      sound like a democrat strategy as well…they lie lie and distort the truth…and accused others of their crimes

  6. Mike January 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I cannot believe what I just saw on the video ! This just might be political suicide for Joe Kaufman. Unless there were words that were edited out of his conversations, he sounded like a complete moron ! Why would he put himself in such a position in the first place to be interviewed this way ? Again, I could not believe my ears ! ! ! ! ! Any opponent in the primary will play this video and Joe will hopefully “suspend” his campaign.

    We all want to take “the high road”, but this was “twilight zone”

    We also do expect this “entrapment” from John Stewart the liberal opportunist !

  7. Jim Trebowski January 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Funny how cons talk about “haters”, “bigotyr” and “racism”, yet don’t seem to have a problem with fellow conservatives who use the words “Islam” or “Muslim” as a synonym with “terrorist”. If you want to do that, i reserve the right to use the word “Conservativwe” as a synonym for “closet homosexual” and “child molester”. You think I’m kidding? Try me. I have the proof to back it up, you anti-American traitorous filth.

    • Morena January 9, 2012 at 1:56 am

      and you think that calling someone a “closet homosexual” is an insult?

  8. Jim W January 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    This joker is running for congress?

  9. Chad January 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Joe Kaufman is the spitting image of Pee Pee Herman. This is one f-up looking guy. He makes my skin crawl

  10. District 20 Voter January 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Why in the hell did Joe go on this show for?! Is Joe that naive? He looked like a total ASS! Who in the world would vote for this buffoon? In a way I kinda feel bad for him but if he is that stupid to go on this show then I’m really not so sorry for him because he made us Republicans look like a bunch of RACIST JERKS!!! Way to go Joe! Anything for exposure eh? It just backfired in your face… No it backfired in all of our REPUBLICAN faces. YOU DOPE!!!!

  11. Joe Kaufman January 7, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Thank you everyone for reading this hit piece against me. Here is my response:

    • Javier Manjarres January 7, 2012 at 5:53 am

      ahahah…Joe you are a joke. You did the hit piece on yourself.This is why you are not suited to be in Congress. What Congressman would have to defend themselves like you are trying to? You are simply pathetic.Maybe you should stop crying to everyone, and telling lies about me and your opponent in the race. Or you could continue to badger and threaten Rabbi’s and others that do not support you. Or better yet, since you wife Emily seems to wear the pants in the relationship, maybe she should continue calling around and spreading your lies. Either way, you lose.

      • Rich January 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

        Hardly objective.
        Are you a reporter or an editorialist?
        There’s a difference you know.

    • Nezar Hamze January 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      I’m sorry , Im crying from laughing so I hard, I cant respond just yet !

  12. Tina January 7, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Sorry, 2004.

    • U GOTTA B KIDDING ME! January 8, 2012 at 1:03 am

      If anybody endorses,donates,or supports this guy “Joe Kaufman” in anyway has to have their heads examined!

  13. Sam January 7, 2012 at 9:26 am

    We need real republicans representing us, not racist extremist goofballs like joe. what a fiasco.

  14. Marsha L Randolph January 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

    This video reminds me of the old 60 Minute tricks when they would interview a person and then edit inserting new questions to prove a point.
    Clearly the video was edited to prove a point.

  15. Mike January 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Rich,

    Javier is a reporter AND editorialist and has never hid that. You can’t come in the middle of one issue without reading his past reporting to understand where he comes from as he has already endorsed his pick in the 20th district primary to beat DWS. I’ll let him tell you that again if he cares to.


  16. Sandman January 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Here we go again, the blood feud continues between Javier and BREC and people associated with BREC. I received a newsletter from Kaufman yesterday and in it, it stated this:

    “According to Hamze, he had been “encouraged” to join the Republican Party by Javier Manjarres, a campaign staffer for one of my opponents in the upcoming Republican Primary, Karen Harrington. It is the opinion of many that Manjarres, who has a criminal background, attempted to destroy the local GOP by bringing Hamze in. It backfired, as Hamze was voted down 158 to 11.

    Upset, Manjarres – defending Hamze – complained to the Miami Herald that the vote was a “set up.” He said the Republican Party was practicing “bigotry.”

    Prior to the vote, I had the chance to formally ask Hamze, in front of the party, if he would support either Allen West or myself for Congress and if he was a supporter of terrorism. He declined to answer the questions. Indeed, Hamze has in the recent past been fervently outspoken against Congressman West and other prominent Republicans, including Adam Hasner.”

    The letter goes on to state that Nezar Hamze is the executive director of the Miami chapter of CAIR.

    Javier, please know that I am in no way a Kaufman supporter, he made a fool of himself on the liberal trash Daily Show even though it is obvious the tape was chopped up and edited to make a mockery of him. I am in the Harrington camp, but is this true? Are you a staffer for Harrington? And did you encourage Hamze, a CAIR director to join BREC to make them look bad? Are you a supporter of CAIR?

    I don’t know if the CAIR director is a conservative or not but CAIR is bad news, who support Hamaz and the Taliban which are hell bent on not only destroying Israel, but America as well.

    Another back eye for us Broward Republicans. What an ugly situation.

    • Javier Manjarres January 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Answer to questions:
      -not a staffer
      -did not encourage Hamze, Hamze’s video was chopped up-his explanation was cut out.
      -not a supporter of CAIR

      All very laughable, Kaufman is a clown that feels really stupid after his fiasco on the Daily Show. He’s gotta blame someone

      • Sandman January 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        Thanks for the reply and you certainly get the benefit of the doubt with me. I hope Harrington can muster up the juice to give DWS a real challenge this time. It’s a shame BREC dropped the ball and did not submit or propose any redistricting maps that could of put an end to the liberal gerrymandering in Broward’s fl-cd 20.

    • Sam January 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

      @sandman, your narrative sounds very similar to Kaufmans. You even went further by saying CAIR supports the “Taliban” which tells me that you have no idea what you are talking about. Never have I heard CAIR linked to the Taliban, unless you’re talking about some crazies saying they (cair) are all Mooozlims so they all are terrorists. If CAIR is a terrorist organization then why haven’t they been shutdown? Shouldn’t you be calling the authorities this second to inform them that a terrorist organization has an office in pemboke pines?? It is this kind of mindless fear rhetoric that extremists like Kaufman have used to hijacked our party, to fulfill his own side agenda. His tactics are worthy of the McCarthy era. We have become like parrots, repeating soundbytes and buzzwords without any thoughtful research or factual basis. We need to bring the republican party back to a knowledge-based approach to dialogue, only this way will we gain back our respect.

      • Sandman January 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        Sorry to inform you that CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the terror-finance trial against the Holy Land Foundation and its former officials. The FBI has also suspended all relations and ties with CAIR because of their links to Hamas. CAIR has honored Ground Zero Mosque developer Sharif el-Gamal. Your argument that CAIR is being treated with some sort of bias is pure bullsh!t. If my standpoint sounds like Joe Kaufamn’s, too bad. It also is the same viewpoint of Karen Harrington’s and the tea party’s. You sound like an Islamo-Nazi apologist and a spokes person for media matters. Get lost…….

        • Sam January 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

          Sandman you get lost, as mentioned you are a parrot and just proved it spewing the same sh!$t kaufman spews – you sneeze, and it must have been CAIR’s fault. As expected, what you said has nothing to do with the Taliban, i see no mention of Taliban in your response. So unindicted co-conspirator, eh? If that makes you consider CAIR as terrorists then Americans against Hate and Kaufman are even bigger terrorists – what of Kaufman’s well know support for Rabbi Meir Kahane and his terrorist organizations? Why the double-standard, because the good Rabbi is not a Mooozlim, is that it?? Wake up, dude, you’ve fallen into a bunch of paranoid fearmongering. Crazies like kaufman and his apologists have reduced sections of our party to the laughing stock of the country. As Chris Cristie puts it, “..tired of dealing with the Crazies..”. We have way too many of them in our midst,

  17. BREC outsider January 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Why is it that every time BREC is put in an awkward situation, everyone blames Javier? Javier is a BLOGGER – he is entitled to his opinion on any issue. What ever happened to 2nd Amendment rights? I don’t always agree with him, but he has every right to say what he wants. Even the conservative talk show host chose candidates prior to the primary and work for them.

    BREC board members need to get off Javier’s back and take care of their own business. I can’t believe people are trying to make him responsible for Joe’s poor judgment (for being willing to be on the show) and not having the presence of mind to be able to define a simple world. Real Congressional material! I don’t live in that district, thankfully! Why are others getting into a race that Harrington was able to garner 40 percent of the vote two years ago. It would be so much better to unite and get her the other 11 percent to get rid of the REAL enemy, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

    Come on, BREC Board – take responsibility for the divisiveness that you are causing within the party. We have primaries, we have difference of opinions and that is okay! That’s what makes this country the greatest in the world.

  18. The Conservative Diva January 8, 2012 at 12:58 am

    What a dip-Sh*t Joe Kaufman is!

  19. Mike January 8, 2012 at 11:32 am

    What criminal background ? That was a low blow ! ! ! ! !

    Let’s get all the dirt we can on each other so it can be used against us. Ask me about my past. I’ve got some good stuff. Let’s digress into the democrat tactic of “no issues” just get the dirt on everyone we can. What a circus this is becoming !

    Joe, has always been a one issue candidate, by his actions over the years. Is he employed ? Really, what does he do to earn money ? Does he pay his bills with money he gets from his political organization against hate ? I really would like to know how he earns a living, really, no sarcasm here. At least we could respect that part of him.

    I believe that the other primary candidates have “real” jobs or professions or businesses.

  20. Dave Cohen January 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Has Joe Kaufman ever had a real job? Has he ever created a job? Word is that his house was given to him when his grandmother had past. And this guy wants to be our congressman? Talking about having no experience on the economy and having a silver spoon in his mouth all his life.

  21. Dave Cohen January 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Joe Kaufman is a one trick pony and he is even bad at that. What a putz!

  22. Mike January 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Re: Joe, I thought so !

  23. Mike January 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Hey Sandman,

    We could use a person like you help Karen. ie, a volunteer. You seem to be aware of the issues and can articulate them pretty well ! Remember it is not possible for everyone to agree on every issue, but if we stick together we can defeat DWS, who I consider a dinasour. (spelling?).

    Do you have any time for that ?

    • X Joe Kaufman supporter January 9, 2012 at 5:13 am

      Get your facts straight Joe Kaufman… You said Javier is a paid staffer for Karen Harrington? Just because he endorsed and supports Mrs. Harrington over you doesn’t mean that you should lie and say that Javier is a paid staffer. You sound so childish and pathetic. Grow up little boy and stop crying like a little girl! Whaaaaaaaaaa!

  24. Maria L January 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Wow! Just WOW! I feel saddened and embarassed for Joe…I mean, did he not realize what he was DOING? Didn’t he think?? Was maybe some of this edited, or can he really be that unprepared? WOW!

    btw…did anyone realize, at the end…when it shows Hamze supposedly appealing to the BREC with his boombox..he is in front of the CAIR offices. Small detail.

    Just WOW! Was this on Stewart’s actual show??

  25. Martalaura January 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Javier this was excellent. YES, I’m cringing!

  26. ME January 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm


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Joe Kaufman, ‘The Daily Joke’

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