Trump’s closing campaign ad seen as striking anti-Semitic tones


Audio from criticized speech that rails against global conspiracy is overlaid with images of prominent Jews

Times of Israel

Donald Trump’s latest campaign ad, likely the final one wrapping up nearly a year of campaigning, has been criticized for having anti-Semitic overtones and implying a vast international Jewish conspiracy behind Hillary Clinton.

The two-minute long ad features audio from Trump’s West Palm Beach speech in mid-October, which was criticized by the Anti-Defamation league for “rhetoric and tropes that historically have been used against Jews and still spur antisemitism.”

The video appears to go even further, illustrating Trump’s accusation of a conspiracy against the American people with images of prominent Jews.

Philanthropist investor George Soros, Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, all of whom are Jewish, appear onscreen as Trump inveighs against “levers of power in Washington” and “global special interests” both considered anti-Semitic dog-whistles.

The video also intersperses images of the Clintons, President Barack Obama, Congress, foreign leaders and the United Nations. All these are juxtaposed with pictures of regular Americans, whom Trump urges to rise up.

“The only thing that can stop this corrupt machine is you,” Trump says.

Trump’s original speech was also panned for its striking similarities to the notorious anti-Semitic tract “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” an anti-Semitic forgery that has fueled anti-Jewish violence for over a century.

It’s not the first time his campaign has been accused of anti-Jewish rhetoric designed to appeal to the far right in American politics, most notably his notorious July 2 tweet depicting Clinton, against a pile of cash and a six-pointed star, as the “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!”

The tweet was deleted the same day and campaign staff replaced it with an identical one, with the phrase now backed up by a red circle. The image originated on an anti-Semitic website.

Trump and his campaign have vociferously denied charges of anti-Semitism, and some have tried to distance themselves from anti-Semitic elements within his backers, though the candidate has resisted those efforts.

During the height of the primary campaign, Trump delayed disavowing the support of white supremacist David Duke. And the candidate has failed to condemn the anti-Semitic vitriol directed by supporters against journalists who have written critically of Trump, including New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman and GQ writer Julia Ioffe.

In his defense, Trump and his supporters cite the fact that his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren are Jewish (Ivanka Trump underwent an Orthodox conversion before she married Jared Kushner in 2009), that Trump was the grand marshal of the 2004 Salute to Israel Parade and that he has many Jewish friends.

  1. #1 by TonyFromIN on 11/06/2016 - 9:34

    “anti-Semitic dog-whistles”
    Lol!..Next thing they will do is yell “anti semitism” when someone says “Obnoxious New Yorker’s”

    Oh wait….

  2. #2 by Isaac P. Madrid on 11/06/2016 - 9:34

    I am glad that someone as powerful as Donald Trump had the courage to tell the whole world How Corrupt is the Establishment and the Jews took it personally because they are the ones who have corrupted our government, also they own the corporation who have left the US for other countries looking for cheaper labor. Donald Trump looks for peace and negotiations while the establishment want more wars and perhaps the WWIII.

  3. #3 by underthesun on 11/07/2016 - 9:34

    Not only they have destroyed on purpose the economy of the USA for the benefit of the 1%, e.g. the military/industrial complex, banksters/financiers , pharmaceutical industry etc, there is much more they have done: they have destroyed the economy of countless countries, their cultural heritage, tortured, displaced and murdered millions of people. IF TRUMP WAS TOTALLY HONEST AND MORE COURAGEOUS HE SHOULD HAVE SPOKEN OPENLY ABOUT THIS but, of course, he would have been killed… and so he says the truth, nothing but the truth but not the whole truth, leaving out these most important points which could make the American people aware, at last, of the heinous crimes against humanity the USA Establishment is committing.

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