White Supremacists and other anti-Semitic groups love Donald J. Trump, and that’s not new.
Why have such groups been so vocal in their support of his candidacy? We can think of plenty of reasons, beginning with Trump’s vilification of immigrants to his acceptance of manhandling of African-American protesters at his rallies. Such incidents transcend the realm of “political correctness” and occupy the territory of hate-speech and racism.
Given that history, one might hope there was at least some self-awareness in the Trump campaign regarding anti-Semitism. Yet the candidate posted on Twitter the image of Hillary Clinton with a six-pointed star against a backdrop of $100 bills. The star read, “Most corrupt candidate ever,” but the illustration suggested the age-old stereotype linking corruption and big money with Jewish tradition and the Star of David.
People spoke out on social media, and the image was eventually taken down, but Trump was unrepentant, calling it “ridiculous” to imply this was anything but a “basic star.”
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Why can’t he say he’s sorry or, better yet, condemn anti-Semitism loudly and forcefully? Why not antagonize the David Dukes of the world for once?
Perhaps Trump recognizes that such individuals are a part of his angry, mostly white, mostly male coalition, and he’s not interesting in losing their support.