Sunday, November 6, 2016
The Jews are our Misfortune.Trump closes with an anti-Semitic ad, reminiscent of the Protocols of the elders of Zion. He has pivoted from hating Mexicans,Gay and the entire LBGTQ movement to hating blacks to hating Jews. Soros,, Yellen, Blankfein and their influence in the Washington Establishment Not that he’s given up on hating on anybody, of course
As apparent final reminder that those steering Donald Trump through these last days of the campaign are indeed catering to the worst of the Republican base, the Donald Trump campaign is closing out the race with a brazenly anti-Semitic ad.
There's not really any argument to be had about that. Josh Marshall:
From a technical and thematic perspective it's a well made ad. It's also packed with anti-Semitic dog whistles, anti-Semitic tropes and anti-Semitic vocabulary. I'm not even sure whether it makes sense to call them dog whistles. The four readily identifiable American bad guys in the ad are Hillary Clinton, George Soros (Jewish financier), Janet Yellen (Jewish Fed Chair) and Lloyd Blankfein (Jewish Goldman Sachs CEO). [...]
For Blankfein: "It's a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the [start Blankein] pockets of a handful of large corporations [stop Blankfein] and political entities."
As Marshall puts it: "This is intentional and by design. It is no accident." It's also a continuation of a theme trotted out by Trump under the auspices of "alt-right" promoter and now campaign CEO Steve Bannon, the standard paranoid trope of global elites working to undermine our country from within, and lo-and-behold the global elites in question just all happen to be Jewish. This is where some of the paint rubs off the alt-right veneer and we can see the plainer origins of ideology, and it looks identical to past arch-right movements under a host of different other names; a conspiracy of against the nation by the enemy within, defined always as the ethnic or religious other, and in this case a straight lift from the anti-Semitic papers of both European fascists and that other America Firstmovement, the one we do not talk about anymore.
Whether Trump himself is an anti-Semite or is merely willing to lend his name to the effort is beside the larger point; his campaign had time for one last showy pitch, one last argument for voters to keep in mind as they filed into the polls. The campaign chose an ad intended to resonate explicitly with the paranoias of the anti-Semitic far right. Trump began his campaign talking about the inherent criminality of the non-white; he moved through the primaries by appealing to raw racism in a manner that even the farthest-right of his opponents were reluctant to match; he promised mass deportations and other solutions to the nation's problems that, in his rhetoric, required only an authoritarian resolve; he surrounded himself with those that would feed his appetite for bizarre but self-promoting conspiracy theories; his new staff guided him from primaries to general election not by toning or polishing his rhetoric, but adding new enemies to his list of anti-American dangers so that it would more fully encompass not just paranoias about Latino enemies but “inner city” black Americans (described as living in cesspools of violence and in need of more rigorous policing, as cribbed from militant groups and the NRA) and “international” Jewish plotters (as cribbed from the white nationalists that rushed to Trump’s side.)
This has gone quite beyond Trump at this point. He is not screaming into the void but catering to a pre-made Republican audience that continues to be obsessively receptive to his messages. The Republican elites that have condemned him are, among leadership, Not Many; the Republican House Speaker himself "came home" dramatically these last few days with a message that regardless of Trump's words or deeds the needs of the party still come first; rumor mills continue to churn over whether the end result of this will be a new arch-right network promoting the malevolent messages the Trump campaign has proven would have a receptive and paranoid audience. Trump, meanwhile, continues to stoke claims that even the election itself may be illegitimate, if it produces the wrong result.
Racism, misogyny, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and nationalism promoted through blatant misinformation and the peddling of an unending stream of conspiracy theories; a distain for both the opposition party and democracy itself; this describes not just Trump, but his audience. But come home, say Republican leaders to the segment of the party uneasy with such things; we can work with this. This is no reason to leave.
And that's more alarming than what Trump or his own campaign may say. The Trump campaign will soon be ending, but the movement it caters to will be seeking a new leader and new banner—and even now, there are few among current Republican leaders who would turn them away.