Lion of the Blogosphere

Lion was right about Star of David graphic

Thanks to a reader for providing this Twitter link:

Notice that the graphic was posted by someone on June 15th.

So I was right. This was a graphic obviously created by an anti-Semitic person, and Trump appropriated it, clueless about the anti-Semitic innuendo of a Star of David superimposed over a bunch of hundred-dollar bills. After he discovered it, he quickly took it down, and had someone in his employ who does Photoshop cover over the Star of David with a red circle.

Some commenters insisted that this was just an accidental use of a common shape in PowerPoint or Visio or some other program like that, by someone on Trump’s campaign team. Nope. It was intentional anti-Semitism (although completely accidental on the part of Trump).

I’ve seen enough anti-Semitic propaganda from white nationalists over my course of blogging to know it when I see it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 3, 2016 at 9:53 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. At a glance, “FishBoneHead” actually does not appear to be antisemitic.

    IHTG

    July 3, 2016 at 10:26 am

  2. I looked at FishBoneHead’s prolific Twitter postings down through September and the only reference to Jews was a sympathetic retweet on December 12 that said “Jews are banned from entering 16 Muslim countries, no one utters a word. Trump says to ban Muslims from entering US & the world goes crazy!”

    The only item that might be anti-Jewish is one retweet of a quote attributed to David Rockefeller on June 24 that sounds similar to anti-Semitic memes, however David Rockefeller isn’t a Jew and Judaism is not directly referred to. The caption on the tweet describes it as “globalist propaganda,” and since one of FishBoneHead’s recurrent concerns is corporate manipulation of the system, that may have been hook enough for him.

    I doubt he was creating a dog whistle against Jews since his Twitter feed shows barely any interest in them, to say nothing of animosity. The religious group that really gets his goat is Muslims.

    Richard

    July 3, 2016 at 11:03 am

    • FishBoneHead didn’t necessarily create the graphic himself.

      • He signed it though (see lower left). His feed is full of artwork he apparently created himself.

        Richard

        July 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    • I doubt he was creating a dog whistle against Jews since his Twitter feed shows barely any interest in them, to say nothing of animosity.

      The real source may or may not be antisemitic then. But even if it isn’t antisemitic, in general Trump shouldn’t be retweeting images from ordinary twitter accounts since he can’t be sure what the ultimate origin is. And even if the source can be nailed down as being innocuous, he ends up wasting valuable time explaining a damned retweet. It’s not worth the effort to explain even when it’s completely innocent.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      July 3, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      • Agreed. Trump is surprisingly naive for a big time player.

        Richard

        July 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      • No offense, I think it’s very hard to know when one is making a false negative or a false positive for anti-semitism. But my subjective impression is that false positives happen a heck of a lot.

        trooogdooor

        July 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      • Trump is surprisingly naive for a big time player.

        He’s lucky he’s running against Hillary instead of Sanders.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 3, 2016 at 4:41 pm

  3. Then Otis/William was right that this was a complete screwup.

    This week was gift wrapped for Trump and his negligence again risks unnecessarily distracting from Hillary’s scandals. Fortunately this will probably be ignored because of the holiday weekend and world events, but next time he might be so lucky.

    There are two remaining questions, did Trump copy the photo himself or did an altright staffer give it to him without explaining the photo’s background to him?

    If Trump chose it by himself there’s nothing that can be done to improve his behavior at this point. We’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed than an aggressive negative campaign waged against Hillary’s many weaknesses, ongoing economic decline that hopefully leads to a collapse originating from Europe, and the continued rampage of ISIS across the world is enough to allow Trump to sneak through in a four-way race.

    On the other hand, if a staffer knowingly handed this to him that staffer needs to be removed immediately along with any other antisemite working on the campaign before they can drive the campaign off-track with another unneeded controversy.

    The election is too important to allow alt-tarders to knock the campaign off-message at times like now when Trump should be building momentum off the FBI investigation. The altright is so incompetent that they’re well on their way to losing control of nationalism to their (((arch-enemy))). With their proven track record of total failure they have no business being in charge of anything except methlabs, and certainly not be let near something this important even if they’re role is limited to unpaid graphics work.

    If it was an antisemitic staffer(s) then (((Ivanka))), (((Jared Kushner))) and (((Stephen Miller))) should hunt down any )))staffers((( involved in this mess before their stupidity strikes again.

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 3, 2016 at 11:18 am

  4. I think that Star of David would have been unnoticed by everyone but Jews, anti-semites, and SJWs.

    CamelCaseRob

    July 3, 2016 at 11:37 am

    • People familiar with the tropes of the anti-Semitic alt-right would pick up on it immediately, however very few are that familiar.

  5. If I may channel my inner Scott Adams, while the Main Stream Media fulminates over the neo-Nazi symbolism, Trump’s message of Hillary The Most Corrupt is getting wide circulation even on left-wing networks and in left-wing newspapers.

    By the way, Trump miraculously found a photo of Hillary where she looks rather beautiful, so he calculatingly avoided the misogyny accusation.

    Mark Caplan

    July 3, 2016 at 11:38 am

    • Funny you should notice that it’s a good pic of Hillary; I thought the same thing myself. Except it’s not a miracle. She has a stumpy figure (always did) but the face is quite beguiling. I do not understand, given the multiplicity of legitimate targets she presents why Hillary haters always focus on her physical unattractiveness. Now Merkel and Michelle….both cows. But Hillary is good looking.

      As for the tweet, my guess is that he has staffers trawling Twitter to look for juicy tidbits and some dummy retweeted this. In an of itself I don’t find the tweet especially offensive, but given the obsession of the alt-right with him, it was a genuine blooper.

      The alt-right seems to be drowning in a sea of Jew-hatred now. They are both obsessed with, and allergic to Jews. Like homophobes who seek out homosexuals?

      gothamette

      July 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      • There aren’t any sexy 69-year-old women. When she was younger, she was certainly not as hot as Ivanka or Tiffany Trump, but she was also not the ugliest woman on the planet either. She was cute in a Wellesley sort of way.

      • I can get the creeps looking at Tiffany Trump. She looks sinister, almost non-human like.

        JS

        July 3, 2016 at 3:58 pm

  6. When did internet white nationalists turn so anti-Semitic? Their godfather, Jared Taylor, isn’t. Jews seem white to me.

    Greg Pandatshang

    July 3, 2016 at 11:52 am

    • They’ve always been, but Kevin MacDonald in particular is responsible for increasing the salience of anti-Semitism on the white nationalist right starting from the early 2000s. These days, they don’t even talk about blacks that much anymore.

      IHTG

      July 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      • I don’t know if Kevin MacDonald is responsible. I don’t think many people have read him. I think Steve Sailer is probably responsible, even though I don’t think he’s personally anti-Semitic himself. Sailer is much more popular and widely read, and he frequently writes about Jews and Israel that can promote anti-Semitism. And he has a very active comment section with lots of anti-Semites, who end up encouraging and inciting further anti-Semitism. Nobody reads MacDonald but people who are already hardcore anti-Semites. Sailer writes a lot about ordinary topics like movies and golf and has lots of ordinary readers who aren’t anti-Semitic, and then he frequently slips in some snide posts or remarks about Jews and Israel, and his anti-Semitic commenters seize upon it and create an atmosphere that incites and promotes anti-Semitism.

        Tom

        July 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      • “These days, they don’t even talk about blacks that much anymore.”

        Right, it’s Muslims and Jews mostly. The only one I read is Sailer, because I find him thought provoking (sometimes) and he covers topics of interest to me, but his comment threads are a sinkhole of Jew-hatred. Literally any topic eventually comes down to JewsJewsJews. Since he moderates the site, I can only assume they are saying what he won’t say.

        gothamette

        July 3, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      • They’ve always been, but Kevin MacDonald in particular is responsible for increasing the salience of anti-Semitism on the white nationalist right starting from the early 2000s.

        Taylor was always in the minority when it came to Jews.

        MacDonald ironically has been a blessing for Jews. He’s been caught distorting the evidence for the arguments his own supporters rely on, and the antisemitic movement he’s led for almost 20 years degenerated into a freak show of white trash with zero accomplishments on their side. Although, to be fair, antisemitism wasn’t exactly in dazzling shape when he took it over.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 3, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      • You guys are committing the old cognitive bias of assuming it’s something you read. There’s a lot of white nationalist sites that have nothing useful to a non-WN (unlike Sailer) and have been gleefully promoting this stuff since the dawn of the Internet–look at Stormfront or Vanguard National News.

        Why are WNs anti-Semitic? Some of it’s the Hitler obsession, but there are way too many liberal Jews, and these guys think ethnically–if there’s a coalition of Jewish liberals and gentile liberals they assume it must be the ‘alien ethnic’ group. The counterexample is of course all the European countries with few Jews and liberalism much more advanced than it is here–Sweden’s gone far left with barely any Jews other than Barbara Lerner Spectre.

        SFG the second

        July 4, 2016 at 9:45 am

      • KMD (abbrev for MacDonald) is clearly the intellectual godfather of this movement but Sailer is his agent, to use a nicer word. I’ve seen not only the tropes, but characteristic turns of phrase that I noticed from KMD used by Sailer, in the same contexts. Sailer is pretty careful never to say anything overtly anti-Semitic, but as he moderates his comments, and most of them are full of sneers about “the tribe” (this has taken over from “Eskimos”), even in posts that have nothing to do with Jews per se, I can’t help but think simply dancing to his tune. Never mind they were inclined that way to begin with.

        Then there’s his weird obsession with Jews and country club discrimination. I swear on a stack of Bibles, not once did my parents ever kvetch about that.

        “Why are WNs anti-Semitic? Some of it’s the Hitler obsession,”

        Um, they are Hitler-obsessed because they are anti-Semitic, not the other way around.”

        ” but there are way too many liberal Jews, and these guys think ethnically–if there’s a coalition of Jewish liberals and gentile liberals they assume it must be the ‘alien ethnic’ group. The counterexample is of course all the European countries with few Jews and liberalism much more advanced than it is here–Sweden’s gone far left with barely any Jews other than Barbara Lerner Spectre.”

        Jesus Christ, Barbara Lerner Specter is a complete nobody who the WN’s have turned into an internet star of sorts.

        gothamette

        July 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      • “Then there’s his weird obsession with Jews and country club discrimination. I swear on a stack of Bibles, not once did my parents ever kvetch about that.”

        My great-uncle, who would be well over 100 if he were still alive, made a big deal about all of the country clubs where Jews weren’t welcome. But his generation is literally dead and buried.

      • I’ve never been a fan of Steve Sailer’s comment threads. But the thought had never crossed my mind that he was deliberately weeding in anti-Semitic comments to express his unsayable true thoughts. I don’t really buy it. His comments about Jews seem consistent that he wants them on our side (HBD-woke) and admires Israel’s pro-nation policies. The country club seems like the kind of thing Steve would be interested in in general: he makes a lot of clever little observations and repeats them because – why not? – not everybody reads every post and not everything they read in every post sinks in the first time. He has a general interest in golf and country clubs.

        Greg Pandatshang

        July 5, 2016 at 11:43 pm

  7. And when will the media be reporting on the virulent and explicit anti-Semitism of people like Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, CAIR, and all the other rainbow hodgpodge of folks that support the Democratic Party?

    I wouldn’t even care if Trump’s poster was meant to have a Jewish star; it doesn’t compare to the drumbeat of Jew hatred that the media ignores from the Left.

    It’s pure Alinsky tactics that the entire msm employs. Ignore the heinous misdeeds of your own side (or justify them) while isolating any small isolated “evil” thing by your enemy.

    Shit, Truman and Nixon said plenty of things that weren’t friendly to Jews and they were great for the Jews.

    fakeemail

    July 3, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    • “And when will the media be reporting on the virulent and explicit anti-Semitism of people like Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, CAIR, and all the other rainbow hodgpodge of folks that support the Democratic Party?”

      They won’t because liberals believe that blacks and SJWs can never be evil. Of course, you were just asking a hypothetical question.

      Nevertheless, at this point in his campaign, Trump shouldn’t be copying stuff he finds on the web without vetting it more carefully.

      • I agree that Trump needs more prudence sometimes, but there’s a bigger issue here.

        Imagine a prole like Archie Bunker said something off-color about how he doesn’t like what Jews do with money or that “it’s about goddamn time that the Jew in America realizes he’s an American first and a Jew second” or “even Jesus Christ couldn’t please them.”

        Then his Betters tells him he’s being racist.

        But to Prole Archie he’s not being racist. He treating them as equals as giving his opinion on how he sees them.

        His Betters perform the mental switcheroo of shaming Archie to believe he’s treating Jews as inferiors when in fact the proles are making Archie the inferior by stifling him and keeping the one way door to critique solely on him and his group.

        It’s either a two-way street for everybody and every group or no one ever mentions race/religion ever. The latter official “color blind option” is an impossible and insane LIE. It’s a cover for the one-way street we have now which is pure tyranny.

        It was healthier, more honest, and more EQUAL when turn of the century Americans (Jews, Irish, Italians, WASPs, etc) could just outright not like each other and call each other bad names and make negative comments about each other’s groups.

        But once you throw huge amounts of Muslims, Mexicans, Africans, and “Free Trade” into the mix. . .all bets are off.

        Just like it was healthier in those days when two boys at school who didn’t like each other could simply get into a fish fight without being expelled out on meds. Without this possibility, only dysfunction and misery occurs as is evidenced by the aptitude, safety, and mental health of our schools. And when they can’t use their fists, it’s bottled up in a far worse rage that leads to psychiatrist bills, and then knives and bullets.

        Anyway, like Orwell said there is only hope in the Proles. And Trump is the avatar of the super MALE PROLE. He wanted to be rich, build big buildings, score with hot chicks, and have good looking and successful kids; no bullshit.

        fakeemail

        July 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      • It’s either a two-way street for everybody and every group or no one ever mentions race/religion ever.

        Except that’s not how it works when it comes to antisemites.

        Their arguments effectively deny the existence of gentile liberals.

        No one is singling out the fact, for example, that the EU is was built by and involves substantial participation from gentile French globalist liberals such as Jacques Delors, Jean Monnett, Jean Claude Trichet, Christine Lagarde, Mitterand, and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.

        If no one is interested in counting the ethnic groups of liberal gentiles then antisemites have no grounds to single out Jews as an ethnic group for being liberal, as if liberalism is somehow unusual in or alien to the West.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 3, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      • Nixon hated everyone, not just Jews. Which makes him not an anti-semite.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      • “Their arguments effectively deny the existence of gentile liberals.”

        In fact it goes further than that. Liberalism is actually “gentile” in origin – it’s the everyday religion of Yankee Protestant Capitalism. This is explained brilliantly in Colin Woodard’s AMERICAN NATIONS. I’ve been vainly suggesting here for months that y’all read this. Ironically I discovered it on a WN website. That’s the only reason I read them, because they’ve become awfully dull in the last year. Sometimes you get a good tip about a good book.

        True Judaism (Orthodoxy) is the essence of personal conservatism, and no True Jew believes liberal bullshit. When Jews assimilate the first step is to become a Yankee Protestant Liberal while practicing a bogus form of Judaism, otherwise known as Reform or Conservative. Imagine, a female rabbi, gay rights, etc. All completely ridiculous. Anyway, the third generation the kid either goes back to Orthodoxy or leaves altogether. In the old days that meant marrying a Christian, nowadays it means becoming LGBT or who knows, a Muslim fundamentalist like Adam Gadahn.

        Anyway – liberalism is NOT Jewish. It is Protestant.

        gothamette

        July 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

  8. I still don’t see how it is “obvious”.

    You sound like Uncle Leo.

    ScarletNumber

    July 3, 2016 at 2:57 pm

  9. Guy deleted his Twitter account?

    IHTG

    July 3, 2016 at 5:32 pm

  10. Except he didn’t quickly delete the first meme. When I looked at his twitter account they were both still there. He deleted the problemtic meme later, after enough people retweeted it. CNN also reported that he deleted it later. This is how Trump gets free media attention and reinforces the message that Hillary is corrupt.

    amir

    July 4, 2016 at 12:06 am

  11. Yeah well its certainly a good thing everyone pointed that out or it wouldn’t have gone viral all over the net. These trolls are good. All they do is put one graphic on a tweet and the ADL and their friends show how powerless Jewish victims are by demanding apologies and trying to out people. I imagine the Obama administration will issue a statement too and all the major media will gripe about it. Just think, if no one made a Big Fucking Deal out of this, no one would have noticed. #Winning Drink some tiger blood.

    Joshua Sinistar

    July 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    • I think a lot of people (mostly Jewish, since Trump has concentrated his fire on other groups) are worried either (A) that Trump is going to launch an American Shoah or (B) somewhat more realistically, that a Trump Administration might be staffed with anti-Semites who would allow white nationalist groups to attack Jews with impunity.

      Yeah, lots of Jews are paranoid. If a country where you had been increasingly accepted suddenly killed 6 million of your distant relatives, you’d be paranoid too.

      SFG the second

      July 4, 2016 at 6:33 pm


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