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Antisemitism or Incompetence?

On June 15, an image was uploaded to the twitter account named “@fishbonehead1”. The image featured an unflattering photo of Hillary Clinton plastered in front of $100 dollar bills as well as a hexagram containing the words, “most corrupt candidate ever”! The hexagram resembled the outline of the Magen David, a common Jewish symbol and the piles of money alluded to the common antisemetic claim that the money of Jewish financiers corrupts our government.

The resemblance to the Magen David was not a coincidence. The @fishbonehead1 twitter account had a long history of publishing anti-Semitic imagery including the doctoring of photographs to elongate the nose of a Jewish journalist and doctoring a photograph of President Obama to resemble Hasidic attire.

As you are probably aware, Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, thought it would be a good idea to republish fishbonehead1's creation on the @realDonaldTrump twitter account. However, unlike the versions of the graphic that were published to an antisemitic thread on 8chan, Scavino used one that did not contain the FishBoneHead1 watermark. Apparently, an attempt to hide its antisemetic origins.

This leads to an obvious question. Why is the Trump campaign so careless that it permits imagery taken from anti-Semitic sources to be published on its offical feeds? I say careless because I do not believe Trump or Scavino actually harbor hostile thoughts to the Jewish community. After all, he has embraced his own daughter's marriage to Jared Kushner, the scion of a prominent Orthodox Jewish family. However, even Kushner's own employees are disturbed by recent events.

There seems to be an unprecedented level of willful blindness among the likes of Trump and Kushner regarding some of Trump's supporters. It's similar to the ignorance displayed by many Judenraete during WWII. Many of these Jewish councils foolishly underestimated the Nazi's barbarism, believing that deporting Jews to labor camps might keep them alive. Unfortunately, even those good intentions resulted in mass slaughter and genocide.

While I certainly don't want to allege that there is currently a threat as grave as the Holocaust facing the American Jewish community, the recent resurgence of anti-Semitic ideas is quite concerning. For many decades, the mores of political correctness kept this racism at bay, but now Trump and his followers are making the ill-conceived decision to tear down walls separating civil discourse and bigotry.

In a recent editorial, Jared Kushner brushes off the incident:

If my father in law's fast-moving team was careless in choosing an image to retweet, well part of the reason it's so shocking is that it's the actual candidate communicating with the American public rather than the armies of handlers who poll-test ordinary candidates' every move.

Government is built with many layers to avoid making mistakes. The problem with this is that it costs a lot and little gets done. In business, we empower smart people to get jobs done and give them latitude on how to get there. I prefer to move forward and endure some small mistakes to preserving a stale status quo whose sole virtue is that it offends no one.

These ideas are profoundly dangerous. Our government is set up with a series of checks and balances in order to ensure that every decision is deliberate and calculated. Shooting from the hip should never be in the cards. Whining about how other politicians take the time and care to consider the broader implications of what they say and do is precisely the problem that plagues this country. We need more patient contemplation rather than swift reaction. Maintaining a clear head amidst an array of different pressing problems is a necessary qualification to be President. At this point, all Kushner has said is that Trump does not have the competency to be commander-in-chief.

This is all especially true when it comes to race relations. Far too often, non-racist people end up doing or saying racist things simply because they do not take the time to pause and contemplate the possibility that the impact of their behavior may differ from their intent. Unfortunately, racist memes and ideas have infected the consciousness of all. However, the mere possession of a racist meme does not mean the idea needs to become reality. Rules and procedures such as political correctness exist to keep those thoughts confined to the mind rather than expressed in action or behavior.

Note: This entry relied on information from this Mic article.

Posted by Warren Porter at July 6, 2016 10:45 PM
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This looks like your side lost the argument about Hillbilly’s corruption.

I didn’t even read it, Warren Porter!

I don’t have to.

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 7, 2016 8:30 PM
Comment #405905

What better way to deflect criticism away from your god, Hillbilly.

Start a race war.

Way to go, Warren Porter!

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 7, 2016 8:32 PM
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Note: These comments rely on my gut feeling. You and phx8 need to give each other a big, sloppy, wet kiss!

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 7, 2016 8:34 PM
Comment #405907

WatchBlog needs to denounce this type of trash!

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 7, 2016 8:39 PM
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a common Jewish symbol


and the piles of money alluded to the common antisemetic claim that the money of Jewish financiers corrupts our government.

That’s your opinion, Warren Porter!

Your opinion drives another controversy, not the ad. Why is your side always bringing up race/s ex/inequality?

This whole post is a concoction. A concoction you use to deflect from Hillbilly’s troubles.

You’re a hack also, Warren Porter! As soon as you lose an argument you make up another issue!

I saw a t-shirt embossed with the saying:

Finally someone with some balls

Who do you think wore that t-shirt, Warren Porter?

Was it a Hillbilly supporter?

Posted by: Weary Willie at July 7, 2016 8:56 PM
Comment #405915

Weary Willie,

I published an article earlier this week regarding Clinton’s email server. For whatever reason, most of the discussion moved to Roy’s article instead of mine. Thus, I thought it was appropriate to write an article about the controversy surrounding Trump’s tweet. As an American with Jewish heritage, this is an issue that strikes closer to home than most and deeply troubles me.

That’s your opinion, Warren Porter!

Do you seriously believe FishBoneHead1 had a different motivation when he/she created the image?

Posted by: Warren Porter at July 8, 2016 12:16 AM
Comment #405918

Update: Marc Kushner condemns Jared Kushner’s evocation of their grandparent’s Holocaust-Era experiences in defending Trump’s antisemitic image.

Another cousin, Jacob Schulder, worded his condemnation in even stronger terms:

When an out of touch with reality nominee hires an out of touch with reality campaign manager, who is also a son­-in-­law, you get the BS Jared wrote. I don’t think Trump is an anti­Semite; I think he’s a lying idiot (among other things) with little to no experiences outside his teetering fiefdom of failed development projects, divorces, bankrupted sports leagues, fraudulent ‘Universities’ and golf courses (and the list keeps going). The very first thing a responsible campaign manager should do, I’d think, and I mean the very first thing, would be to take away his father-­in­-law’s Twitter account. Even Joseph Kushner would’ve had the street smarts to figure that one out while living on boiled potatoes in the forest.

That my grandparents have been dragged into this is a shame. Thank you Jared for using something sacred and special to the descendants of Joe and Rae Kushner to validate the sloppy manner in which you’ve handled this campaign. From the references to ‘Palestine’ at the AIPAC conference (which got Donald jeered) to the justification of the itchy Twitter fingers your father­-in­-law has, you’ve managed to further prove what so many of us have known for many years. Kudos to you for having gone this far; no one expected this. But for the sake of the family name, which may have no meaning to you but still has meaning to others, please don’t invoke our grandparents in vain just so you can sleep better at night. It is self serving and disgusting.

Granted, there is bad blood between Jared and his extended family over his father’s conviction for tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

Posted by: Warren Porter at July 8, 2016 9:57 AM
Comment #405920

Warren, I guess it’s this aspect of his campaign that I actually like. I personally have grown tired of the “narrative” that the press tries to write around anything and everything. It’s a far leap to say that Trump is a racist, or Trump is an anti-Semite, based on flippant approach to his language and to his use of social media. I appreciate that hes doesn’t back down from it when the PC “gotcha” gets sprung on him.

Posted by: George in SC at July 8, 2016 10:01 AM
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There are those of us who realize that there is anti-semitism, racism(black or white), xenophobic anti-immigration and a general dislike and mistrust of anyone they see as “the other”. We have understood for as long as we can remember that these interpretations of the freedom of our country have no place here and use moments of reflection to hang our heads and hope for better, work for better and expect better. Today is one of those moments.

Posted by: Speak4all at July 8, 2016 10:10 AM
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I appreciate that hes doesn’t back down from it when the PC “gotcha” gets sprung on him.

For me, this is exactly what I find most horrific by Trump. I can understand the people are human and sometimes make mistakes, but I have no tolerance for people who not only refuse to acknowledge their imperfections, but insist that I believe they are perfect too. I am not going to salve the pride of an insecure man.

flippant approach to his language and to his use of social media
Unfortunately, Trump’s flippancy has stimulated the growth in bigotry in this country. Just look at the awful imagery sent to Dana Schwartz merely for having the cojones to actually challenge the antisemitic imagery shared on Trump’s twitter account. Posted by: Warren Porter at July 8, 2016 10:36 AM
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