‘Damn, That Is Some Top Shelf Antisemitism’
Eric Trump is lashing out at veteran Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, and his remarks are drawing accusations of anti-Semitism. Wednesday morning the president’s son charged the author of “Fear” – the latest bombshell book exposing the Trump administration as inept and corrupt – with writing it “to make 3 extra shekels.”
The shekel is both an ancient and modern-day form of currency in Israel, but it can also evoke ugly old bigoted and anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jewish people.
After a “Fox & Friends” segment attacking Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, Trump repeated his version of a stump speech, claiming Democrats have no message, while touting the economy’s performance.
He then pivoted to the elections.
“The anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and the elimination of plastic straws – that’s not a message that’s going to win in November,” the president’s son told the Fox hosts.
Co-host Steve Doocy tripped himself up, talking about Democrats as “the other side” before correcting himself to say, “from you,” to Eric Trump. He also noted that the anonymous New York Times op-ed, combined with Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear,” has thrown the administration into “chaos.”
Eric Trump pushed back.
“Don’t you think people look through the fact, you can write some sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president. It’ll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country, that’s doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric. Is that really where we are?”
ERIC TRUMP attacks Democrats: “Anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and elimination of plastic straws is not a message that will win in November.”
ERIC TRUMP then dismisses WOODWARD book as “sensational nonsense” he wrote “to make 3 extra shekels.” pic.twitter.com/GuTXMpPLHG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 12, 2018
On social media, many expressed disgust over Eric Trump’s remarks, while others directly accused him of anti-Semitism.
“Three extra shekels”
Damn, that is some top shelf antisemitism.
— Silence is Political (@kayforaday) September 12, 2018
Three extra shekels? Anti-Semitic much, @EricTrump?
— SundayStars 🌊 (@SundayStars) September 12, 2018
“3 extra shekels?”
— SFDB (@sfdb) September 12, 2018
Shekels. Interesting word choice by the president’s white supremacist son. An all around ugly human.
— No Time for Lies (@RoseAnderson_) September 12, 2018
He seriously says “shekels”…
These dudes are going for the votes of lonely af innernet addicts. https://t.co/ZJRJOdOzdq
— ¢σяяιє (@_ciller_cisses) September 12, 2018
On tape. 3 extra shekels. What in the everlovin’ fudge is THAT supposed to mean?!
Bigots are so twisted https://t.co/oErcec2KvN
— Joshua Cypess (@JoshuaCypess) September 12, 2018
Am just curious why he would use the word shekels – always felt that context of term had an air of anti-semitism about it – like shekels was especially dirty as a form of money
— Moist Macro (@moist_macro) September 12, 2018
I definitely was not expecting the word “shekels,” which I haven’t heard in decades
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 12, 2018
Straight from 4chan. If it was a tweet, it would read, “(((Woodward))) wrote this book to make three extra shekels.” Dogs are barking.
— Jeff Keeran (@jeff_off37) September 12, 2018
Thanks to ThinkProgress’ Aaron Rupar for posting the video
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Top Trump White Nationalist Stephen Miller Just Won a Major Battle Against Immigrants – Legal Immigrants
Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller has just won a major battle against immigrants in the United States – legal immigrants. After tremendous pressure on the Department of Homeland Security, Miller is advancing his agenda of not just blocking migrants from entering the country illegally, but making life in the U.S. so unbearable for legal immigrants that they leave the country.
The AP calls it one of the Trump administration’s “most aggressive efforts to restrict legal immigration.”
Under a new rule the Dept. of Homeland Security will begin in October to deny green cards to immigrants who have ever used taxpayer-funded assistance, such as food stamps, Medicaid, health care, prescription drug subsidies, or Section 8 housing vouchers. Additionally, the rule allows DHS to deny green cards to any immigrant who cannot prove in the future they would not access government benefits, as NBC News reports.
Miller, who has been credibly called a white nationalist, pressured DHS to pass the new rule – called a “public charge” regulation – and do it quickly. The new rule would allow the Trump administration to reinterpret a 1999 law to specify what government assistance programs can or can not be used by immigrants.
Politico earlier this month published a report after having obtained emails that “shed new light on how aggressively Miller has pressured the Department of Homeland Security to move faster on regulations to limit immigration. Critics say the new rule will be used to shore up Trump’s political base in the coming election year, and that it’s an illegitimate tool to reduce legal immigration.”
Miller wrote in April that the “timeline on public charge is unacceptable.”
“The public charge reg has been in the works for a year and a half. This is time we don’t have. I don’t care what you need to do to finish it on time. You run an agency of 20,000 people.”
“It’s an embarrassment that we’ve been here for 18 months and USCIS hasn’t published a single major reg,” Miller barked.
Studies show some immigrants who do not fully understand the new rule will choose to un-enroll from vital government assistance programs in the hope of protecting their immigration status. That means taking food, health care, and housing away from families, including those with young children.
Neo-Nazis Hit Democratic Candidate for Governor With Racist Robocall: ‘I Is the Negro Andrew Gillum’
Neo-Nazis based in Idaho are once again targeting Florida voters with a racist robocall attacking Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum.
The Huffington Post reports that the call features a voice actor who pretends to be Gillum and who spews racist stereotypes about black people.
“Well hello there, I is the negro Andrew Gillum, and I be asking you to make me governor of this here state of Florida,” the call begins. “My esteemed opponent, who done called me a monkey, is doing a lot of hollering about how expensive my plans for health care be.”
The ad also features sound effects of a monkey squealing in the background.
A disclaimer at the end of the robocall says that it was funded by Road to Power, an anti-Semitic, white supremacist website and podcast linked to Scott Rhodes of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Gillum’s campaign lambasted the robocall in a statement to the Huffington Post.
“These disgusting, abhorrent robocalls represent a continuation of the ugliest, most divisive campaign in Florida’s history,” said Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan. “We would hope that these calls, and the dangerous people who are behind them, are not given anymore attention than they already have been.”
Gillum, who won widespread praise for his debate performance against Trump-loving Republican Ron DeSantis this week, has consistently held a lead in polls of the Florida gubernatorial race, and currently holds a lead of just under five points in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
Listen to the racist call below.
White Supremacist Think Tank’s Tax-Exempt Charity Status Restored by IRS
A white supremacist think tank headed by the man who coined the term “alt-right” has just had its tax-exempt non-profit status restored by the IRS. The National Policy institute lost its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in March 2017, which was “triggered by its failure to file tax returns for three consecutive years,” Courthouse News reports.
National Policy Institute president Richard Spencer and NPI have been labeled white supremacist, although he reportedly rejects the term. The Anti-Defamation League says NPI is a white supremacist organization and Spencer is a white supremacist.
Spencer told the Associated Press, “When we lost it, it did feel like persecution, to be honest.”
The IRS automatically revokes tax-exempt status from organizations that don’t file tax returns for three years.
“The National Policy Institute raised $697,267 in tax-deductible contributions from 2007 through 2015,” the AP notes.
On its website The National Policy Institute says it is “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world.”
“Heritage” is a dog whistle term that can refer to white supremacism.
“Richard Spencer and NPI are at the forefront of Alt-Right activism,” the organization states.
Spencer rebranded racist hate ideology into the term “alt-right” in 2010.
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