The sheer amount of gross, blatant anti-Semitism on the right (including from some of America’s most prominent public officials) has reached a level I never thought I’d see in the United States of America in the year 2022, or ever.
Yesterday, in his invaluable morning newsletter, my friend Charlie Sykes recounted some of the worst incidents. There’s nothing subtle about them, no “dog whistles” here. Just in the past week, Donald Trump “truthed” this message to his loyal fans:
No President has done more for Israel than I have. Somewhat surprisingly, however, our wonderful Evangelicals are far more appreciative of this than people of the Jewish faith, especially those living in the U.S. Those living in Israel, though, are a different story—Highest approval rating in the World, could easily be P.M.! U.S. Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel—Before it is too late!
Days before Trump’s post, Ye (formerly Kanye West) tweeted this evil nonsense:
I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.
As The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro stated on his podcast, “What he is spouting is Der Stürmer-type anti-Semitism, and that is about as ugly as it gets, and nobody should be defending that.” Shapiro was on the receiving end of an avalanche of right-wing anti-Semitic hatred in 2016 when he opposed Donald Trump. Indeed, an immense number of anti-Semitic messages were aimed at Jewish Trump critics throughout Trump’s first campaign.
And yet, oddly enough, days after Ye’s reprehensible statement, Ye attended a star-studded premiere of a new documentary by The Daily Wire’s Candace Owens. The Daily Wire promoted the documentary and Ye’s appearance at the premiere.