And these are his people.
Trump’s defenders bristle at such accusations, noting that Trump’s own daughter, son-in-law and some of his grandchildren are Jewish and he is a staunch friend of Israel. He says he moved the embassy to Jerusalem. What do they say about the “Abraham Accords”. But Trumpism (and Trump himself) has given oxygen to renaissance antisemitism that has been introduced and normalized by social media, celebrities, and politicians — to a new audience that is impossible to quantify but could number in the millions. a 2020 survey by the Anti-Defamation League found that most Americans “agree with at least one common stereotype about Jews.” While openly antisemitism has declined over the past half century, the report found that 11 percent of Americans — or more than 28 million Americans — believe in six or more of the 11 anti-Semitic stereotypes tested.
This resurgent anti-Judaism – A mix of old fashioned anti-Semitism, extreme versions of Christian/evangelical nationalism and a deep investment in conspiracy theory Certainly not new. But it is arguably more widespread, more radical and closer to the political mainstream than at any other time in recent history. The past few years have been a master class in the extent to which millions of Americans are willing to believe the myths, lies and dark theories about cosmopolitan cabals threatening the fabric of American life. Attacks on George Soros and “globalists” are now standard attack lines on the American right. Inevitably, however, a worldview obsessed with malicious global elites would fixate on Jews as the target of choice.
The result has been an ominous increase in violence and hatred.
Anti-Semitic incidents to increase by 34 percent in 2021, the highest number since 2009 anti defamation league Began tracking anti-Jewish violence. Meanwhile, social media platforms have opened the door to a dangerous explosion of attacks on Jews and Judaism. Two weeks after Elon Musk took control of Twitter, Anti-Semitic posts increased by more than 61 percent,
Imran Ahmed, chief executive officer of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, said, “Elon Musk sent the bat signal to every kind of racist, anti-feminist and homophobe that Twitter is open for business.” Told new York Times, “He has responded accordingly.”
In the midst of it all, Trump has dinner with a prominent neo-Nazi and Holocaust denier and a billionaire celebrity rapper who sees “good things in Hitler.”
While Republicans ultimately denounced the bigotry — even when they couldn’t bring themselves to name Trump himself — former Pres. refused to refuse This. This, too, has been a consistent pattern, dating long before his embrace of the “very good people” who chanted “the Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville.
As always, it is unclear whether Trump, a man of few views and little or no introspection, actually holds antisemitic views. But the point is different: He thinks that these are his people and he is not going to leave them. In form of Philip Bump of The Washington Post notes, “Trump has always been desperate to send a signal to his support base that he agrees with and loves them.”
has a long and complicated history behind this present moment. And it deserves to be reviewed because this history is so relatively recent that it doesn’t deserve to be the past.
leading far-right Catholic leader of the 1930s, Father Charles Coughlin, a notorious and virulent anti-Semite, “Condemned in the language of the Jews which was probably picked up from Der Stürmer.” In addition to his popular radio show, Coughlin ran a weekly magazine called “Social Justice”, which had a circulation of one million. The publication occasionally publishes excerpts from Protocols of the Elders of Zion, infamous fake document that claimed to reveal an international Jewish conspiracy and was known for “Pure unadulterated Jewish seduction.”
Although Coughlin was de-platformed and discredited, the conservative coalition would continue to marinate in a toxic stew of conspiracy theories. By the mid-1950s, William F. Buckley Jr. was so convinced that it was so important to exorcise the demon of antisemitism that he declared national review The magazine “rejected rapprochement with anti-Semites.” And he moved aggressively to purge the ranks.
Years later, he banned author Joseph Sobran from his magazine, and justified and intimidated many of his colleagues by denouncing Pat Buchanan’s antisemitism.
But Buckley’s success was only partial and only temporary.
In 1991, Pat Robertson, one of the leading figures of the evangelical movement, published “The New World Order”, an anthology of Paranoid Fever Dreams. in the book, One reviewer noted, Robertson claimed to have uncovered “a global conspiracy, stretching back centuries and financed by Jewish bankers, aimed at the formation of a one-world dictatorship.” Like Coughlin before him, Robertson also cited fakes and debunked protocol to make his case.
Despite the overtones of antisemitism, Robertson’s book became a huge bestseller among Christian conservatives, suggesting the persistence of anti-Semitism among the evangelical base, even though the evidence was often mixed.
A 1987 study of Orthodox Christians found that some “deliberately use their deep Christian faith and conviction as justification for their anti-Semitic views of Jews.” But, digging deeper, there were troubling signs. The survey found that 49 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds agreed with at least one antisemitic characterization, compared with 34 percent of those 55 and over.
Recent surveys of the general public have shown the persistence of stereotypes despite a decline in overall antisocial sentiment. by 2020 Survey of American attitudes toward Jews found that:
- More than a quarter of Americans believe that Jews killed Jesus.
- One in 10 Americans shares the white nationalist view that Jews are undermining American culture by supporting expanded immigration.
- Nearly one in five Americans think “Jews still talk too much” about the Holocaust.
- Twenty-four percent of Americans agree with the statement “Jews are more loyal to Israel than America.”
Despite this, evangelical support for Israel—considered essential to the fulfillment of biblical prophecy about the Second Coming—remains strong. And Trump has exploited the contradictions, staying close to Israel, while trafficking in antisemitic tropes.
In 2016, Eight out of 10 white, born-again/evangelical Christians voted for Trump, giving him the margin of victory. Whatever happened after that would not create a rift between them. In 2020, 81 percent of white evangelical Protestant voters voted for Trump, According to AP Votecast survey, Trump’s message was attached.
both as candidate and as president, Trump repeatedly undermined both the stigma of antisemitism and Buckley’s railing.
Shortly before the 2016 election, Trump put forward his theory of a vast globalist conspiracy, in which Hillary Clinton secretly met with “international banks to plot the destruction of American sovereignty”.
Time magazine called it His “Grand Unified Campaign Conspiracy Theory” that “conspiracy theories have been nurtured for years by far-right outlets” such as Alex Jones’s InfoWars.
adl also expressed Alarm when Trump retweeted an image of “corrupt” Clinton and the Star of David. “During this political season we have been troubled by anti-Semitism and racists,” the ADL said in a statement, “and we have seen many so-called Trump supporters fight some of the worst stereotypes during this year.” ,
The Jewish group was particularly concerned that Trump “did not speak forcefully against these people. It is outrageous to think that the candidate is getting material from some of the worst elements of our society.”
But the pattern had been set.
He was slow to condemn former KKK leader David Duke, and refused to back down against a wave of antisemitic hate directed at Jewish journalists and critics.
During the 2016 campaign, Andrew Anglin, neo-nazi founder The Daily Stormer website posted an article The headline: “Queen Melania attacked by filthy Russian k-a Julia Ioffe at GQ,” features a photo of Ioffe wearing a Nazi-era yellow star with the words “Jude” and a call to action from Anglin: “Please Go ahead and send her a tweet and tell her what you think of her dirty k-e trickery. Be sure to identify her as a Jew working against white interests, or refer her to the link at the top of this article Send picture with Jude Starr.
When CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Trump about the anti-Semitic attacks and death threats, the future president declined to condemn them, saying, “I don’t have a message for the fans. A woman wrote an article that was wrong.
Trump’s refusal to condemn the outpouring of hate was cheered by Anglin, who promptly posted: “Brilliant Leader Donald Trump Refuses to Condemn Stormer’s Troll Army.” (Last week, Musk restored Anglin’s account on Twitter.)
After decades of fending off cranks, crackpots, and antisemites, the alt-right had brought them back into the political bloodstream with the consent of the GOP nominee.
And then came Charlottesville.
and Marjorie Taylor Greene and the “Jewish Space Laser.”
During this, Fox News Begins to Mainstream the “Great Replacement Theory” and whitewashing the antisemitism of Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, by editing out anti-Semitic comments.
In October, When Trump complained about ungrateful JewsThere was little or no pushback from Republicans.
After tweeting that he was “dealing death with the Jewish people,” the former president invited her to dinner. He came with a notorious neo-Nazi.
And, once again, Trump didn’t apologize. He doesn’t feel he has to, because his base doesn’t mind. These are his people. And he needs them.
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