Donald Trump has risen to power through a message of xenophobia and overt racism. Hidden among his racially-charged rhetoric is another lurking beast: Antisemitism, the likes of which should immediately disqualify him from office. Courting Neo-Nazis and other white-nationalists — and, through Trump’s frequent retweets of their messages, granting them a large, eager audience — should not be accepted in a major party’s nominee for president.
Here are but a few instances of Trump’s antisemitism, played out for all to see:
1) Trump Retweets, with Startling Frequency, Antisemitic, White-Nationalist Accounts
Twice Trump has twice retweeted @WhiteGenocideTM, a user who claims to live in “Jewmerica” and links, in his profile, a site promoting a documentary that urges viewers to “think differently” — sympathetically — about Adolf Hitler. The account frequently retweets Neo-Nazi propaganda and greets all profile clickers with this lovely image, directed towards non-whites:
Trump also retweeted a now-deleted antisemitic account that put together a blatantly false, altogether racist meme regarding crime statistics.
In case it isn’t painfully obvious, the “Austrian chap with the little moustache [sic]” to whom the account claimed we should have listened is Adolf Hitler.
2) Trump refused to condemn, on national television, renowned Klansman David Duke
The incredibly painful interview:
Trump, who claims to have “the world’s greatest memory” apparently couldn’t remember the details about David Duke or Duke’s endorsement, despite Trump having talked about Duke in the days leading up to the CNN interview.
Duke, in 2003, penned a book seeking to expose quests for “Jewish Supremacy” and has called Jews the “real problem” facing our country.
3) Trump Told Republican Jews They Wouldn’t Support Him Because They Couldn’t Buy Him
This came after he told the Republican Jewish Coalition “you just like me because my daughter happens to be Jewish.”
It’s hard to spot notable differences between Trump’s argument here and those espoused by David Duke.
4) Adopting “America First” as a Slogan
Trump decided to up his nationalist appeal by unraveling a spiffy new slogan: “America First.” The phrase, designed to conjure up xenophobia (American should be for Americans, not colored people!), has its origins in a group of Nazi sympathizers. That Trump chose it for his presidential quest is no surprise or coincidence.
The American First Committee arose at the beginning of World War II, before America’s entry into the affair. It advocated remaining neutral in the war and treating the Nazis as a legitimate political and governing party, one with whom the United States should do business.
However, the Committee, already on the wrong side of history, furthered its foray into antisemitism when Charles Lindbergh, the face of America First, revealed his deep-seated antisemitism, calling Jews a great threat facing the country.
Henry Ford, a prominent anti-Semite, and Avery Brundage, “the former chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee who had prevented two Jewish runners from the American track team in Berlin in 1936 from running in the finals of the 4×100 relay,” also originally sat on America First’s executive committee.
America First’s ugly history, one tainted with the foul stench of antisemitism, is of course conjured up by Trump’s use of the slogan. It can be no surprise: Trump’s campaign had long involved antisemitic tropes before adopting “America First.”
The slogan is just another in a long list of antisemitic activities by the aspiring tyrant.
5) Linking the Star of David with Corruption and Greed
Most recently, Trump sent out an insulting image that combined Hillary Clinton and the Star of David with images of money, representing greed, and the inscription “most corrupt candidate ever!”
It’s origin? 8chan’s /pol/, a message board dominated by white-supremacists, anti-Semites, and Neo-Nazis.
The Trump campaign claimed it lifted the image from a Twitter user (who has since deleted his account) who again espoused antisemitic and Neo-Nazi viewpoints.
Either origin means that campaign staffers perused alt-right, Neo-Nazi feeds for images they could use to attack Hillary Clinton.
Jewish leaders and Republican officials quickly moved to condemn the meme. The Trump campaign offered a second defense: They claimed the star represented a sheriff’s badge, not the Star of David.
For those curious, a sheriff badge has rounded corners.
Whereas the Star of David has sharp corners.
There’s little doubt as to which the meme references. Rather than own up to its mistake, the Trump campaign continues to lie and mask its blatant antisemitism.
Does any of this come as a surprise from a man and campaign who accepted a white-nationalist to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention? It shouldn’t. For months Trump has been displaying, even touting, his antisemitism. It’s time Republican leaders pushed back against Trump’s hatred and bigotry by refusing to lend him their support. Voters need to take heed of Trump’s actions and recognize that their beloved candidate may very well be a modern version of Adolf Hitler.