Quote of the Day: David Horowitz Slams Bill Kristol as a “Renegade Jew”
Quote of the Day: David Horowitz Slams Bill Kristol as a “Renegade Jew”
Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, has committed an unforgivable sin: he’s openly considered backing a third-party candidate to challenge Donald Trump. For Trump’s drooling acolytes, this is akin to treason. Anything less than fawning adoration of their Dear Leader, and you might as well head on over to the gallows now. It’s already common knowledge that anyone who shows up at a Trump rally with the wrong political beliefs, or worse, the wrong skin color, may very well end up on the receiving end of a Trump thug’s fist, while the Cheeto-coated dictator eggs them on from the stage. So of course, the Trump crowd was going to come after Bill Kristol, and use anti-Semitism as their ammunition. That the latest attack came from Breitbart isn’t surprising; that it came from David Horowitz certainly is. The blistering attack piece labeled Kristol as a “renegade Jew” for daring to not support Trump.
Most of the post is yawnworthy — wah wah, people won’t support our new Orange Overlord, Donald Trump is the best, how dare people consider supporting other options:
While millions of Republican primary voters have chosen Donald Trump as the party’s nominee, Bill Kristol and a small but well-heeled group of Washington insiders are preparing a third party effort to block Trump’s path to the White House.
Their plan is to run a candidate who could win three states and enough votes in the electoral college to deny both parties the needed majority. This would throw the election into the House of Representatives, which would then elect a candidate the Kristol group found acceptable. The fact that this would nullify the largest vote ever registered for a Republican primary candidate, the fact that it would jeopardize the Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, and more than likely make Hillary Clinton president, apparently doesn’t faze Kristol and company at all. This is to give elitism a bad name.
One would think that the Trump opponents would have substantial reasons for pursuing such a destructive course. But examination of their expressed reasons shows that one would be wrong. Their chief justification for opposing Trump is that he is not a “constitutional conservative” and in fact is “without principles” and therefore dangerous. The evidence offered is that he has supported Democrats in the past and changed his positions on important issues.
But then it takes a downright crazy turn, justifying Trump’s floating of the Rafael Cruz-Lee Harvey Oswald conspiracy theory, and furthering the thoroughly debunked notion that Cruz published naked pictures of Melania Trump in Utah.
So it might be, if Trump were actually putting forward a conspiracy theory. But what we have here, obviously, is not a theory but some Trumpian campaign mischief — not dissimilar in form to his earlier suggestion that because Ted Cruz was born in Canada, he might not be able to actually run for president even if he were to win the nomination. These were both campaign tricks — dirty tricks if you like — to throw a rival off balance and gain an advantage.
Were they dirtier than publishing nude photographs of Trump’s wife during the Utah primary or publishing a false story that Ben Carson was quitting the race on the eve of the Iowa primary, as the Cruz campaign did? Do they justify sabotaging a Republican run for the presidency and potentially electing Hillary Clinton?
Still, it’s all pretty much business as usual for Trumpbots until we get to the last paragraph, which is odd by any standards:
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.
So by not supporting Donald Trump, Bill Kristol is betraying all Jews… simply because Donald Trump has been calling himself a Republican for, oh, about five minutes or so.
Many people immediately assumed that David Horowitz couldn’t possibly have written the headline — that must have been from the Breitbart editors. They assumed wrong.
— Jamie Weinstein (@Jamie_Weinstein) May 16, 2016
Twitter erupted, with many people furious over the overt anti-Semitism that has found its home at Breitbart:
Here's what they think about us. https://t.co/34KsiYfexK
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) May 16, 2016
Better to be a renegade Jew than a Judas sell out.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 16, 2016
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) May 16, 2016
Breitbart, site founded by Andrew Breitbart, a Jew, now trafficking in straight up anti-Semitism https://t.co/3xUAPilkaO
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) May 16, 2016
Whatever line was left by Breitbart has now been crossed. Straight up anti-semitism there. My goodness.
— Harry Enten (@ForecasterEnten) May 16, 2016
Am a renegade Jew pic.twitter.com/568aYbUWTb
— Milo Yiannopoulos ✘ (@Nero) May 16, 2016
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) May 16, 2016
Andrew Breitbart was raised Jewish. Now, the site that dares keep his name on it uses the term "Renegade Jew".
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) May 16, 2016
Of course, this isn’t the first time Breitbart has dabbled in anti-Semitism. Remember their horrific treatment of Ben Shapiro after he quit? Like Kristol, Shapiro was labeled a Jew traitor for not walking in lockstep with Trump ideology. They also doxxed Shapiro and put his picture inside a yellow star.
As for the idea that Trump is the best candidate to protect Israel, how would Horowitz explain this statement from Trump, where he questioned Israel’s commitment to peace?
Or how about that time that Trump said he was neutral in the Israel-Palestine conflict?
Donald Trump, Champion of the Jews, can’t even muster up more than apathy for Israel.
Know who really loved this piece? Stormfront, a neo-Nazi site where the white supremacists there cheered on Horowitz’ hit piece, calling Kristol a traitor who should be thrown into Guantanamo Bay. This is where we are now: people who oppose a presidential candidate, someone who hasn’t even been elected yet, are called traitors. Because Donald Trump is owed our votes. He doesn’t have to earn them, he’s owed them. That should be disturbing to any freedom-loving American.
It’s been said many times, but Andrew Breitbart must truly be spinning in his grave right now. The site that he built has become a propaganda machine for someone he specifically opposed. It’s become a vehicle for racism, hatred, and anti-Semitism, where people don’t fall in line for Trump are accused of being traitors (or worse), and violence from the Trump campaign against their own reporters is hushed up and hidden. For any true conservative, it’s a huge loss, no matter how dazzled by Trump they may be.