From the Weekly Standard;
Near the end of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump laid out his theory of a vast globalist conspiracy. “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.
“It’s a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth, and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities,” Trump continued. “We’ve seen this firsthand in the WikiLeaks documents in which 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.”
Time magazine called this his “Grand Unified Campaign Conspiracy Theory” that drew upon “conspiracy theories that have been nurtured for years by far-right-wing outlets like InfoWars, which has been a home for 9/11 “truthers,” and unfounded claims about the Bilderberg Group and the World Economic Forum.”
Jewish groups, who recognized the echoes in Trump’s language, were alarmed. Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, quickly tweeted out that Trump “should avoid rhetoric and tropes that historically have been used against Jews and still spur #antisemitism. Let’s keep hate out of campaign.” The ADL had also expressed concern when Trump retweeted an image of a “corrupt” Hillary Clinton and a Star of David:
We’ve been troubled by the anti-Semites and racists during this political season, and we’ve seen a number of so-called Trump supporters peddling some of the worst stereotypes all through this year. And it’s been concerning that [Donald Trump] hasn’t spoken out forcefully against these people. It is outrageous to think that the candidate is sourcing material from some of the worst elements in our society.
Trump, of course, is not alone in trafficking in language that can be interpreted as anti-Semitic. Louis Farrakhan continues to compare Jews to termites; BDS activists on campus continue to demonize Israel, and in Great Britain, the Labour Party is headed by the notoriously anti-Semitic Jeremy Corbyn.
But, in the wake of the worst mass murder of Jews in American history, it was inevitable that questions about Trump’s relationship with anti-Semitism would be revived. Trump’s defenders bristle at such charges, noting that Trump’s own daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren are Jewish and that he is a staunch friend of Israel.
Trumpism (if not Trump himself) has clearly given oxygen to some of the ugliest impulses among us. Anti-Jewish narratives grow and thrive in environments rife with conspiracy theories and no one has done more than the current president to bring them into the mainstream of our political discourse.
As we found out this weekend, the resurgence of nativism and fearmongering over foreign invaders, bankrolled by Jewish financiers, can summon unspeakable darkness.