On Friday, writing for the Huffington Post, Sara Boboltz claimed in a headline, “Trump Bandies About Anti-Semitic Tropes In Interview With Israeli Reporter.” The article prints Donald Trump’s remarks in the recent interview, and they are not anti-semitic.
They are the opposite of anti-semitic.
The series of statements that the writer calls “jaw-dropping” are standard evangelical Christian conservative political views. They’re nothing new, and they’re not anti-semitic. This piece is fake news.
Trump’s first claim listed in the article is that evangelical Americans “love Israel more than the Jews in this country.” That’s a criticism of Jews in this country for not loving Israel more. What antisemite criticizes anyone for not loving Israel more?
The subsequent Trump claim about Jews or Israel in the article, “It used to be that Israel had absolute power over Congress, and today I think it’s the exact opposite.”
The idea that Jews have disproportionate power and punch above their weight in politics or the media is a trope antisemite bandy, true. Still, it’s also hard not to notice it is accurate. When it veers off into secret conspiracies against non-Jews, then you’re dealing with an antisemite, but listen to what Trump’s saying.
Merely talking about Jews or Israel isn’t antisemitism, just like discussing race isn’t racist. Trump is pining for the days when Israel had absolute power over Congress. What antisemite would advance Trump’s argument here? Or would you also say the opposite of the trope, as Trump does here, that Israel has no power over Congress?
It’s just blatant fake news, this article. And not to pick on Huffington Post or Ms. Boboltz, this is very characteristic of probably half or more of the coverage of Donald Trump since he became president where the very thesis of the article’s writer is in direct and stark opposition to the facts they’re reporting. All hail George Orwell.
The way the writer twists things to make Trump an antisemite, you could say the Israeli reporter is an antisemite for having a podcast named “Unholy, Two Jews on the News.” It’s that stupid what journalists do in their post-truth pursuit of partisan activism. Our industry is sick from top to bottom with this mental dysfunction.
How are these quotes in an article that the guy who said it is an antisemite? “I must be honest. It’s a scary thing that’s happening,” Trump said. “People in this country that are Jewish no longer love Israel.” He went on, “I’ll tell you, the evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews in this country.”
“I mean, you look at The New York Times. The New York Times hates Israel. Hates them. And they’re Jewish people that run The New York Times. I mean, the Sulzbergers.” Listen, that is not the way an antisemite talks. An antisemite says the Jewish people run the media, and they play favorites with Israel and use American foreign policy to give Israel everything it wants at our expense.
And that’s Trump’s general belief about the U.S. and other countries, that we’re getting ripped off by everybody. He’s making a notable exception in Trumpism, that America should put itself first and let everyone else look out for themselves, a special exception for Israel, and on for that very reason, his haters argue, Trump is anti-semitic. It’s honestly funny how stupid TDS is.