A friend of mine, no mean writer herself sent me some links from the likes of the New York Times and the New Yorker and flattered me by asking if I would write something about them. They could have been written by the same writer, had the same basic format and came out the same day as a number of other pieces by the usual suspects.
The topic? Sudden concern by the Left at the rise in anti-semitism caused by Donald Trump and carried on by his supporters on the alt-Right! Of course, they never had the intestinal fortitude to actually accuse Trump’s campaign of anti-semitism, but both quoted one of their fellow Democrat leftists as saying that it was Trump who enabled it. The Times piece quoted Trump hater and Hillary supporter John Podhoretz as saying that “The best analogy I can give is that the campaign turned over a rock and a lot of stuff began crawling out from under it.”
“There were these code words and dog whistles that let it appear that people who had been doing things in the shadows could now start marching forward.”
The main focus was on the awful things people write on Twitter. Heaven forbid they would blame Twitter, which has a history of banning and shadow banning Republicans and conservatives like Milo Yiannopoulos and Professor Glenn Reynolds for far less! But Twitter, of course, is down for the agenda.
So, after I stopped laughing out loud at this nonsense, I started thinking…why get into this meme now, with the election only a few weeks away? After all, these folks have accused Trump of everything else. But before we go there, let’s examine their central point, that Trump’s campaign is what has unleashed Jew hatred….hint hint, nudge wink.
Jew haters almost have a real disdain for candidates who have a history of being closely involved with Jewish causes, who openly embrace Israel as the true friend and ally of America it is, and who have close Jewish associates of long standing, who have Jewish family members like a beloved daughter (especially if that daughter converted), a close son-in-law and Jewish grandchildren.
So if some Jew haters support Donald Trump, the reason can’t be anti-semitism. And while it might be getting a pass by Twitter, it isn’t getting a pass by Trump or his supporters. You can find a few of these Jew hating trolls (frequently they’re Muslims, which we’ll talk more about shortly) on plenty of threads in conservative media, but the reaction from the thread in a place like PJ Media or Breitbart is always to call them out and bombard them mercilessly. I’ve run into a few of them myself and after I dispose of them with a few facts and some well-honed ridicule, I always get a fair amount of upvotes.
Yet there’s one thing that can’t can’t be shrugged off. Jew hatred in America has definitely increased and it was noticeable long before Donald Trump ran for president. So what caused it? And where is it most at home today?