Far right wing Newsmax TV host Grant Stinchfield is under fire after delivering an antisemitic claim that Jewish Americans’ “home country” is Israel, not America.
In a segment attacking President Joe Biden for not controlling the violent attacks in the Middle East Stinchfield showed Rabbi Jacob Shmuel “Shmuley” Boteach, who was in New York City demanding Biden “show moral leadership” in the conflict.
“He talks about ‘moral courage.’ It is something sadly the Democrats do not have,” Stinchfield claimed on the same day Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney for saying Donald Trump lost a free and fair election.
“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield asked, as Media Matters reports.
Newsmax host: “If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” pic.twitter.com/yc9RjpHxlU
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) May 13, 2021
The claim that American Jews are not Americans, or have some overriding loyalty to Israel instead of America is an anti-Semitic trope frequently spouted on the right – just as President Donald Trump did repeatedly.
No one expects American Catholics to have an allegiance to Rome, yet conservatives often speak in strong terms about American Jews, falsely believing their loyalty is to Israel and not America.
One American responded in very clear (caution: and profane) terms to Stinchfield:
I’m so sick of this dual loyalty antisemitic bs. pic.twitter.com/5M1Ej8IW5F
— Mike Brand (@miketheidealist) May 13, 2021
Here’s how some others, including many Jewish Americans, are responding:
Jew here. Care deeply about Israel. My wife was born there. Israel isn’t my home country. 100% American.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 13, 2021
Trying to Americanize Israeli politics seems really stupid
— Jane Coaston (@janecoaston) May 13, 2021
— Matthew Rettenmund (@mattrett) May 13, 2021
Also this seems like a fun way to imply that being Jewish means that you are required to hold a certain opinion about the events taking place in a country in which you do not live, and I do not cotton to that sort of argument
— Jane Coaston (@janecoaston) May 13, 2021
Hmm, let’s see. Bc they’re American? And “there are good ppl on both sides.” And Seb Gorka was in an org founded by actual Nazis. And Soros conspiracies led to Trumper mass murder @ Tree of Life Synagogue. And Scalise was “David Duke w/out the baggage.” Ya know, just for starters
— Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) May 13, 2021
Assuming👏American👏Jews👏have 👏an👏allegiance👏to👏Israel👏is👏anti👏Semitic https://t.co/B4KjNYQ7Mk
— Will swart (@Willswart4) May 13, 2021
I’m a Jew. I care deeply about Israel, although I’ve never once visited. It’s not my “home country.” I am thoroughly American. Proudly and loudly so. Born here, raised here.
Why do we Jews keep having to “prove” our loyalty to some on the far right and left? It’s exhausting. pic.twitter.com/G4KfcotK1q
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) May 13, 2021
It’s usually the anti-semitic people who think American Jews *must* support Israel without question.
Newsmax’s Grant Stinchfield should APOLOGIZE to every American Jew for saying that our “home country” isn’t the USA, and for politicizing us for supporting Biden. Disgusting.
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) May 13, 2021
In Russia, Russians didn't consider Russian Jews Russian. The result—pogroms.
In Germany, Germans didn't consider German Jews German. The result—the Holocaust.
Trump and his Newsmax pals don't consider American Jews American, but Israeli.
It's antisemitism, and it's dangerous. https://t.co/OEJX3yKvGi
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) May 13, 2021
Ditto. There’s a distant branch of my paternal GM’s family in Israel, I’ve never spoken, met or corresponded with. No visits or plan to visit. Have opinions. That’s my whole connection.
— ✡️ MG ✡️ #LetsGetToWork #BidenAgenda (@knitvspurl) May 13, 2021
My home country is America, not Israel. WTF is wrong with these people?
— Eric Slater (@ericsslater) May 13, 2021
I’m Jewish. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, I’ve lived in Illinois and Missouri, and I’m living today in New York. I’ve never been to Israel. Israel isn’t my home country.
— Alex Basson 💉💉🎉 (@boycats) May 13, 2021
This Jew’s passport is from the United States, the country I was born in and live in.
— Jewish Space Laser K2FI (@filkerdave) May 13, 2021
Dual loyalty, but make it really antisemitic, and also a little patriotic somehow
— Jared (@JPattPattycake) May 13, 2021
Israel isn’t your home country unless you’re from there. This is bigoted against Jewish people and Palestinians
— KnowYourObama (@KnowYourObama) May 13, 2021
Jewish Democrats are Americans and their home country is the United States.
— Ares (@AresRound2) May 13, 2021
If I remember correctly, Isreal was created in 1948 and my family came to America from Russia and Germany sometime between 1850 and 1890. This Jewish Democrat has no connection to Isreal.
— Mark Wein (@mwgl) May 13, 2021
— NYC118 (@nyc118) May 13, 2021
I’m American. And Newsmax is definitely not American.
— Dissented (@DISSENT_4_4) May 13, 2021
This article has been updated to include additional relevant tweets.
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Democratic Congressman Says Tucker Carlson’s Viewers ‘Upset We’re Not Siding With Russia’
As tensions heat up between the United States and Russia over Vladimir Putin’s unlawful attacks on Ukraine one Democratic Congressman says he’s getting calls from Fox News viewers who think the U.S. should side with Russia.
“My office is now getting calls from folks who say they watch Tucker Carlson and are upset that we’re not siding with Russia in its threats to invade Ukraine, and who want me to support Russia’s ‘reasonable’ positions,” writes Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ).
For nearly three years during the Obama administration, Malinowski served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He now sits on the House’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Homeland Security, and Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism.
For years Tucker Carlson has been advancing Russian propaganda, as he did here in November of 2019, only to be forced to walk back his comments later that same evening.
“Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am.”
– Tucker Carlson, Nov. 25, 2019pic.twitter.com/6cjRnjk5uW
— David Badash (@davidbadash) January 24, 2022
U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols weighed in on Rep. Malinowski’s remarks, observing “Republicans are the Russia Party now.”
“For years,” adds political commentator Jared Yates Sexton, “the American Right has been drawing together with Putinist illiberalism’s antidemocratic, Christian theocratic, white supremacist construction. The divide we have in this country breaks down along these lines. None of this is a surprise or accidental.”
“We’ve been trying to tell you for years now this was happening. The Republican Party and its growing authoritarianism sides with Putin, Orbán, and illiberalism everywhere,” he continues. “It’s an international movement and this Ukraine situation only makes that more clear.”
Propaganda and political warfare historian and former NATO civilian official Mark R. Jacobson adds: “This is exactly how Russian disinformation/subversion works – they put out a talking point to advance their foreign policy goals & a set of perfidious pundits parrot the point.”
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U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) used a homophobic slur in an interview with former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon while supporting Newt Gingrich’s attack on Democrats.
Gingrich promised Republicans will throw members of the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack in jail, after a week of multiple bombshell revelations culminating with House investigators receiving a massive number of Trump White House documents the former president tried for months to block.
“Newt’s right, we are going to take power,” said Gaetz, who reportedly is under DOJ investigation for alleged child sex trafficking, having sex with an under-aged teen, and obstruction of justice.
“And when we do, it’s not going to be the days of Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy, where the Republicans go limp-wristed where they lose their backbone and fail to send a single subpoena,” the Florida Republican Congressman said, throwing in a homophobic slur that is used to depict weakness.
“No, it’s going to be the days of Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene and you know what, we’re going to get answers, real answers about what happened in the election,” he said, before continuing to spin far right-wing conspiracy theories.
“Answers about the Wuhan Institute of Virology and certainly answers about a Department of Justice and a national security apparatus that has gone totally off the rails,” he claimed. “They have become the enforcement wing of the Democratic Party. The entire country knows it. And you know what we need? Honest, fair, real application of the laws in our country,” he said, after endorsing the imprisonment of political opponents.
Matt Gaetz to Steve Bannon: “You know what, Newt’s right! We are going to take power. And when we do, it’s not going to be the days of Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy where the Republicans go limp-wristed, where they lose their backbone, and they fail to send a single subpoena.” pic.twitter.com/tqA7Z0fUf3
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 24, 2022
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A bombshell exposé by an award-winning investigative journalist takes a deep look into lobbyist and far right wing activist and conspiracy theorist Ginni Thomas, and the ties she has to people, groups – and money – that have or may have business before the U.S. Supreme Court, on which her conservative husband sits.
“Is Ginni Thomas a Threat to the Supreme Court?” The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer asks point-blank. “Behind closed doors, Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife is working with many groups directly involved in controversial cases before the Court.”
Mayer writes that “Ginni Thomas has declared that America is in existential danger because of the ‘deep state’ and the ‘fascist left,’ which includes ‘transsexual fascists.'”
But that’s just a small piece of her massive reporting.
“Ginni Thomas’s political activism has caused controversy for years. For the most part, it has been dismissed as the harmless action of an independent spouse. But now the Court appears likely to secure victories for her allies in a number of highly polarizing cases—on abortion, affirmative action, and gun rights,” Mayer reveals.
How bad and how close are these ties? Thomas, unbeknownst to almost anyone, was “an undisclosed paid consultant at the conservative pressure group the Center for Security Policy, when its founder, Frank Gaffney, submitted an amicus brief to the Court supporting Trump’s Muslim travel ban.”
Did Justice Clarence Thomas know? Did the couple discuss the case, or her financial and political ties? No one knows.
And that’s just one example. Mayer notes that Ginni Thomas “has held leadership positions at conservative pressure groups that have either been involved in cases before the [Supreme] Court or have had members engaged in such cases.”
“In 2019, she announced a political project called Crowdsourcers, and said that one of her four partners would be the founder of Project Veritas, James O’Keefe. Project Veritas tries to embarrass progressives by making secret videos of them, and last year petitioned the Court to enjoin Massachusetts from enforcing a state law that bans the surreptitious taping of public officials. Another partner in Crowdsourcers, Ginni Thomas said in her announcement, was Cleta Mitchell, the chairman of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative election-law nonprofit. It, too, has had business before the Court, filing amicus briefs in cases centering on the democratic process. Thomas also currently serves on the advisory board of the National Association of Scholars, a group promoting conservative values in academia, which has filed an amicus brief before the Court in a potentially groundbreaking affirmative-action lawsuit against Harvard.”
Should Americans be concerned? Should Justice Thomas? Should Chief Justice John Roberts?
“If Ginni Thomas is intimately involved—financially or ideologically tied to the litigant—that strikes me as slicing the baloney a little thin,” David Luban, a professor of law and philosophy at Georgetown, who specializes in legal ethics, tells Mayer.
Surely Justice Thomas has the ability to separate his work and home life, right?
“Even before” Clarence Thomas’ controversial and contentious confirmation hearing, which included the accusations – labeled “credible” by many – from Anita Hill, “a friend told the Washington Post, the couple was so bonded that ‘the one person [Clarence] really listens to is Virginia.'”
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Mayer adds, “Ginni Thomas has her own links to the January 6th insurrection.”
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