Tuesday, September 01, 2020


Yesterday, Jonathan Chait wrote this about Marjorie Taylor Greene, who's been a QAnon supporter and is now a Trump favorite:
Last week, Media Matters found that she has promoted a far-right video that “features anti-Muslim propaganda, quotes an anti-Semitic Holocaust denier saying that ‘Zionist supremacists have schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation’ and, as one reporter wrote, ‘implies that Jews are at the heart of a project to destroy Europe as we know it.’”
And then:
The next day, she attended Trump’s RNC acceptance speech at the White House lawn.
As an invited guest. So how bad is the video? Here's more from the Media Matters story:
... reporter Philip Kleinfeld wrote in Vice ... that the video relies on anti-Semitism to make its points... He wrote:
... it quotes former [British National Party] leader Nick Griffin saying that an "unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists and Zionist supremacists have schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation".
... The Anti-Defamation League also criticized the video, writing in 2015 that it ... attempts to give “fuel to anti-Semites who blame Jews for non-white immigration to Europe”:
... The statement that accompanied the posting of the video on YouTube blames “Zionist interest” for destroying Europe “from the inside.”
Maybe it's hard to get swing voters in America upset about anti-Muslim propaganda. But I think a lot of Americans, Jewish and otherwise, would be upset to learn that a politician for whom Trump is a fanboy promotes blatatly anti-Semitic propaganda. I think this is especially true of older Americans, who grew up (as I did) with family members who fought in World War II.

I know that Hillary Clinton ran a lot of ads in 2016 attacking Trump on his character. That didn't work. But he was mostly depicted as a crude man who insulted women, people with disabilities, and others. He wasn't depicted as a champion of anti-Semites.

I think there's a thirty-second ad in Trump's embrace of Marjorie Taylor Greene and her embrace of anti-Semitism. I think there's another thirty-second ad in this, from Judd Legum:
... as the 2020 presidential campaign barrels toward its conclusion, the Trump campaign is accepting thousands in donations from a notorious neo-Nazi leader....

In between stints in prison, Morris Gulett set up an outpost of the Aryan Nations, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, in Louisiana. He promoted his group as the "most-feared and revered white supremacist organization the world has ever known." The Trump campaign has repeatedly accepted cash from Gulett.

A cache of Gulett's website from 2016 promoted white Anglo-Saxons as "the supreme ruling race." (The website is currently offline.)
We believe that the White, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic and kindred peoples are the direct descendants of the Adamic man made in the image of YHVH (Genesis 1:27), and were placed here to be the light bearers and supreme ruling race (Deuteronomy 7:6; Deuteronomy 28:10) of this lost and dying world.
The same website also described "miscegenation and integration" as "an abomination to He who created us." He once said that he would celebrate Black History Month when "when every Negro becomes just that – history."

Gulett is also deeply anti-Semitic, ending every sermon with a Nazi salute. His website asserted that "the Jew is the literal child of Satan and is the natural enemy of the White race, the Children of God."

The Trump campaign has accepted at least $2000 from Gulett in 29 separate transactions since December 2017. The most recent contribution from Gulett, according to Federal Election Commission data, was dated May 31, 2020.
People have been calling Trump a fascist or a Nazi for years. The words have been used to describe other Republicans in the past. I understand that many people reject this language or tune it out. But these are specific bigots with whom Trump is at ease. And there are others. If I were making ads to try to defeat Trump, I'd want to draw America's attention to these relationships.

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