As President Donald Trump steadily draws out the white supremacist core of the Republican Party and brings it into the mainstream, the Republican propaganda machine has followed suit with gleeful abandon.
FOX News has become an unrepentant mouthpiece for barely disguised white nationalist propaganda, with hosts like Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Tomi Lahren preaching absolutely reprehensible cryptofascist drivel and dehumanizing xenophobia on a nightly basis.
It’s the ultimate safe space for bigots, who have realized at this point that not only is it acceptable to say the quiet parts out loud, it’s politically expedient to do so. That much was made stunningly obvious this morning when an elected Republican member of Congress joined insufferably smug Stuart Varney and began openly spouting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories straight out of neo-Nazis outlets like Stormfront.
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Tea Party Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), a notorious racist who is somehow on the House Judiciary Committee, appeared on FOX Business this morning and accused Jewish billionaire George Soros of having betrayed his fellow Jews during the Holocaust in order to profit for himself.
Appearing on Fox Biz, Louie Gohmert says "George Soros is supposed to be Jewish but you wouldn't know it from the damage he inflicted on Israel and the fact that he turned on fellow Jews & helped take the property that they owned."
Stuart Varney quickly moves on pic.twitter.com/P4KUjOVnKb
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 6, 2018
That is the same disgusting lie that Roseanne Barr invoked in the now-infamous Twitter rant that got her fired and her show — a lie that the President’s son, Don Jr., retweeted and endorsed.
George Soros would have been eleven years to fourteen years old during the Holocaust, and there is obviously no evidence that he did any of the things that anti-Semites accuse him of.
What started as a conspiracy theory from demonic lizard enthusiast Alex Jones has been part of the far-right narrative for nearly a decade, having been promoted by Glenn Beck on his radio show as far back as 2010.
But thanks to Donald Trump and his white supremacist supporters — not to mention his neanderthal son — it’s quickly been pushed into the mainstream, along with a host of other preposterous anti-Semitic conspiracy theories directed at Soros.
The president himself has fanned the flames of anti-Semitism by using his Twitter account to share a video that right-wing conspiracy theorists allege was proof that Democratic billionaire George Soros was funding the Honduran migrant caravan with his money in order to disrupt the mid-term elections.
He’s “jokingly” called for George Soros to be “locked up” and ranted and raved about the “globalists” (neo-Nazi code for Jews), refused to condemn the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville after they murdered activist Heather Heyer, and even got in a public feud with the Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect after failing to take a strong enough stance against the rash of bomb threats made against Jewish community centers across the nation.
Anti-Semitic attacks have skyrocketed as swastikas are sprayed across the offices of Jewish professors at our nation’s most prestigious universities and cover Jewish graveyards, community centers, and homes.
Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and anti-Semites are more emboldened than ever before — and when you can turn on the TV and watch elected officials spout this horrific garbage, is anyone even surprised?