Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What A Shande

Last week when there was the kerfuffle about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her comments about Israel were all the rage and outrage, it was supremely ironic if not hypocritical to hear prominent Republicans, including Trump, call for her resignation because OF COURSE all Muslims are anti-Semitic and only Republicans are the REAL friends of Israel.

Oh really.  Via Josh Marshall:

Trump is the most successful, prominent promoter of anti-Semitism in American history. Certainly he is the only president who has ever compiled such a record.

I wanted to put together just a handful of examples of this. I ignored the voluminous examples of avowed anti-Semites promoting and supporting the President as their candidate. I’m not included accounts in books of anti-Semitic smears and comments from Trump. I’m also not including numerous statements about Jews in which he makes American Jews simply an extension of Israel, comments which feed into a long history of anti-Semitic discourse but are at least notionally framed as praising Jews and Israel. I’m referencing things he’s done publicly over the last three plus years. Just a few examples.

2/11/2016: Candidate Trump again retweets infamous @WhiteGenocideTM twitter account, which routinely posted anti-Semitic and racist comments.

2/28/2016: Trump refuses to denounce David Duke, says “I don’t know anything about David Duke.”

4/19/2016: Trump again retweets white supremacist anti-Semitic Twitter account.

7/2/2016: Trump tweets out anti-Semitic meme attacking Hillary Clinton with Star of David over a sea of dollars. White House later claims Star of David was a Sheriff’s badge. The meme originated on 8chan/pol, a Reddit-like message board known for neo-Nazis and anti-Semites.

12/5/2016: Trump closes 2016 campaign with ad rife with anti-Semitic imagery and allusions. ADL denounces ad’s use of images and rhetoric that anti-Semites have use for ages.”

1/27/2017: White House releases statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day which includes no mention of Jews.

8/1/2017: 1. Charlottesville neo-Nazis: Trump lauds “very fine people on both sides.”

Please don’t tell me that Trump had no idea what he was doing. He grew up in New York where even the most insulated or ignorant white guy would be aware of what is and what isn’t anti-Semitic.  He knows exactly what he’s doing.