From Slate, a representative response to another thing that was the Biggest Story in the History of the World for about six hours earlier this week:
Breitbart Calls Trump Foe “Renegade Jew.” This Is How Anti-Semitism Goes Mainstream.So … who exactly wrote this horribly anti-Semitic article and headline?
By Michelle Goldberg
MAY 16 2016 11:22 AM
In March, several staffers at the right-wing website Breitbart resigned over the site’s treatment of reporter Michelle Fields, who had accused Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of assault. The site, they felt, had become Trump’s Pravda. “I believe Breitbart News is becoming less of a news site and more of a propaganda organization dedicated to the Trump campaign,” associate editor Jarrett Stepman said in a statement. Even before the Fields incident, Breitbart was so in the tank for Trump that, according to Buzzfeed, many who worked there believed its leadership had been paid off.
That’s why Sunday night’s Breitbart headline calling Bill Kristol, a leading voice in the #NeverTrump movement, a “Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew,” feels significant. No other news site has been so closely associated with the Trump campaign. And the Trump campaign has been associated with white nationalism and a resurgence of raw, violently threatening anti-Semitism. Breitbart’s headline suggests that the Jew baiting popular on pro-Trump social media feeds is creeping toward the mainstream.
And yes, I realize that a Jew, David Horowitz, Black Panther groupie turned pro-white race hustler, wrote the piece. In it, the famously conspiracy-minded Horowitz rails against Kristol and “a small but well-heeled group of Washington insiders” who are hoping to arrange a conservative third-party candidacy. A paragraph seemingly tacked on at the end accuses Kristol of putting world Jewry in danger by potentially splitting the Republican vote and empowering Democrats who are soft on radical Islam. It’s enough, perhaps, to give Breitbart plausible deniability; the site can claim it’s calling out Kristol on behalf of Jews, rather than calling him out as a Jew.Uh, I know David Horowitz (to the extent of sitting in a dozen or conferences with him). Horowitz is intense. He reminds me of Norman Podhoretz.
Here are the last two paragraphs of Horowitz’s article denouncing Kristol, and they’re a good representative of his thought and personality:
All these dishonesties and flim-flam excuses pale by comparison with the consequences Kristol and his “Never Trump” cohorts are willing to risk by splitting the Republican vote. Obama has provided America’s mortal enemy, Iran, with a path to nuclear weapons, $150 billion dollars, and the freedom to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles to deliver the lethal payloads. Trump has promised to abandon the Iran deal, while Hillary Clinton and all but a handful of Democrats have supported this treachery from start to finish. Kristol is now one of their allies.In other words, Horowitz thinks Trump is good for the Jews, so he’s mad at Kristol for being anti-Trump. Kristol probably feels the opposite. It’s a reasonable thing for two ethnocentrists like Horowitz and Kristol to argue over. And they like arguing. They’re good at it. It’s what they do.
I am a Jew who has never been to Israel and has never been a Zionist in the sense of believing that Jews can rid themselves of Jew hatred by having their own nation state. But half of world Jewry now lives in Israel, and the enemies whom Obama and Hillary have empowered — Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, ISIS, and Hamas — have openly sworn to exterminate the Jews. I am also an American (and an American first), whose country is threatened with destruction by the same enemies. To weaken the only party that stands between the Jews and their annihilation, and between America and the forces intent on destroying her, is a political miscalculation so great and a betrayal so profound as to not be easily forgiven.
Goldberg, meanwhile, is playing a role that traditionally has been well-rewarded in the Jewish community: the third party who comes up with a rationalization for why a typical fight like this among Jews is really the fault of the gentiles.
Your Russian Jewish great-grandfather got blackballed from joining a German Jewish country club? It was the fault of the WASP country clubs.
Orthodox Jewish patriarchs discourage their daughters from getting educated? Society is to blame.
This is a pretty smart ethnic solidarity-building practice, but you shouldn’t have to take it seriously.