Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have penned an open letter to fellow Jews, warning them that if they do not oppose President Donald Trump, they will be labeled as Nazi collaborators and traitors to their people.
Chabon and Waldman, who were earnest supporters of President Barack Obama, and said nothing when he abandoned Israel and elevated the antisemitic Iranian regime, published their letter on Medium on Thursday.
Using classic antisemitic tropes, they address Jews who may support Trump because of “private business deals” or other personal interests — “You entered into negotiations, cut deals, made contracts with him and his government” — and urge them to turn against him.
Addressing casino magnate Sheldon Adelson directly, they turn up the antisemitic rhetoric, accusing him of calculating “that money trumps hate, or that a million dollars’ worth of access can protect you from one boot heel at the door.”
Chabon and Waldman also resort to blatant lies: “You have counted carefully as each appointment to his administration of an avowed white supremacist, anti-Semite, neo-Nazi or crypto-fascist appeared to be counterbalanced by the appointment of a fellow Jew,” they say, providing no proof whatsoever that Trump has appointed anyone that matches any of those descriptions.
They single out White House adviser Steve Bannon as a “white supremacist godfather,” a complete slander that has no basis in reality.
They claim that President Trump “expressed admiration and sympathy for a group of white supremacist demonstrators who marched through the streets of Charlottesville,” when in fact he condemned “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence” on Saturday, and explicitly condemned white supremacists on Monday and Tuesday.
Chabon and Waldman, who presumably understand the importance of words, seem to misconstrue Trump’s defense Tuesday of legitimate protesters — whose presence was confirmed by the New York Times, no less — as a defense of the extremists he repeatedly denounced.
They also claim, falsely and illogically, that if extremist groups say they support Trump, that means he supports them in return, despite his repeated disavowals.
Chabon and Waldman reserve their ugliest language for Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner: “To Jared Kushner: You have one minute to do whatever it takes to keep the history of your people from looking back on you as among its greatest traitors, and greatest fools; that minute is nearly past.”
They condescend to Ivanka Trump, addressing her as an ignorant convert (original emphasis): “To Ivanka Trump: Allow us to teach you an ancient and venerable phrase, long employed by Jewish parents and children to one another at such moments of family crisis: I’ll sit shiva for you. Try it out on your father; see how it goes.”
“Sitting shiva” refers to the ritual of mourning, meaning that Chabon and Waldman are urging Ivanka Trump to threaten to declare her father dead to her as a way of intimidating him.
Finally, having declared the Trump administration a Nazi-like regime, Chabon and Waldman declare that Jews who support Trump are the equivalent of Nazi collaborators:
Any Jew, anywhere, who does not act to oppose President Donald Trump and his administration acts in favor of anti-Semitism; any Jew who does not condemn the President, directly and by name, for his racism, white supremacism, intolerance and Jew hatred, condones all of those things.
Chabon and Waldman’s letter, which can be read here in full, is being circulated by liberal Jews to their relatives and friends in an effort to pressure them into opposing Trump.
MORE indicting, some of us understood what went down in Charlottesville, Virginia and it was hardly unexpected. In fact, it was pre-ordained – stoked by George Soros funded shock troops via Obama Inc.’s Shadow Government!
BUT not to be lost in the discussion, the fact that authentic white supremacists were part of the mayhem in no way obviates two intrinsic factors: without a doubt, a goodly majority of those who marched to protect free speech were ordinary Americans – no more Nazi-like than the average Joe and Jane who voted for Trump, in the expectation of “making America great again”! And, therein lies their “original sin”, at least, according to Chabon and Waldman (and fellow anarchist travelers), whose ultimate aim is to bring down America. In real terms, the duo are socialists – one of several points within the continuum of leftism-fascism.
At Charlottesville, the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke ranted in deranged fashion about alleged Jewish power over the media and banking system and about the ”Zionist ethno-state of Israel”. But this vile outpouring is indistinguishable from the antisemitic tropes spewed out by “antifa” groups, of the kind that clashed at Charlottesville, and beyond them the left in general and beyond then too; indeed the trope of Jewish power controlling the world was institutionalised by Mearsheimer and Walt in their book The Israel Lobby, and yet they remain esteemed and even lionised in academia.
GLARINGLY so, this “literary duo” hail Antifa thugs and assorted anarchist gangs as American heroes, as they riot across the nation like atypical leftist-fascist storm troopers did throughout history. In a nutshell, leftist violence has gone mainstream.
Antifa and other leftists actually have been regularly attacking mainstream Republicans ever since President Trump became a candidate.
Simply put, the difference is that there were never any right-wing mobs attacking Hillary Clinton supporters, while attacks on Trump supporters by leftists became a familiar sight during the 2016 presidential campaign. And long after.
And, while there is no evidence of a growing right-wing extremist movement, even left-leaning journalists have found abundant evidence of a rapidly growing violent left-wing movement, as well as signs of it going mainstream, along with an increasing normalization of political violence.
Although the name is supposed to stand for “anti-fascist,” John Hinderaker of the Powerline blog described Antifa as actually “a fascist group that has also rioted at Washington, Berkeley, Seattle and other places, (that) typically wears black clothes and masks, arms its members with baseball bats, ax handles and 2x4s, and often attacks random people on the street.”
He called the group’s behavior in Charlottesville as “not much better than usual,” while adding rhetorically, “Who, exactly, brings bats and clubs to a demonstration?”
The left held 47 protests, many violent, against Trump from the day he announced his candidacy for president on June 16, 2015, until his election on Nov. 9, 2016.
That doesn’t include dozens of furious anti-Trump protests, some of which became riots, immediately following the election, in major cities around the nation and the around the world……
EVEN so, for a more robust “who’s on first” via the Truth Meter, readers should listen up and imbibe said facts. Pointedly, this Brotherhood/Islamic jihad expert’s(middle) finger is directed at Chabon and Waldman – smarties that they think they are, they are the ones who desperately require this video-based teaching tool. Btw, it is free of charge. Mind you, no thanks is necessary nor anticipated.
TO wit, those of us who place a premium on intellectual integrity, also tend to recognize what’s what and who’s who. It is this internal barometer which scares the daylights out of the likes of Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, and a cadre of fellow travelers – leftist-fascists who hide under the veneer of liberal values. Not nice. Not nice at all.
AS we say in Israel – איזה חוּצפָּה !!