October 14, 2016

HE CAN ALWAYS GO LOWER:

Donald Trump's 'international bankers' speech leaves some uneasy (Ron Kampeas, October 14, 2016, JTA)

Trump delivered a speech Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida, that sounded some familiar themes - familiar to his campaign, but also to folks versed in anti-Semitism and in classic conspiracy theories of global control that is its lifeblood.

The Republican presidential candidate never mentioned Jews in his prepared text, which he read from teleprompters with some extemporization. But in declaring that his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, is somehow an instrument of a vast conspiracy involving scads of money and "international banks," he entered what many saw as a territory, real and ideological, where hostility to Jews perpetuates and thrives even in their absence.

"Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special interest friends and her donors," Trump said.

That quote evidently was key: Trump's campaign team, @TeamTrump, tweeted it out.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, noticed.

"@TeamTrump should avoid rhetoric and tropes that historically have been used against Jews and still spur #antisemitism," Greenblatt said. "Let's keep hate out of campaign."

Trump did not seem amenable to that kind of advice. If not hate, precisely, he was ready to indulge a willingness to blame a mysterious cabal.

Posted by at October 14, 2016 1:15 PM

  

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