Don Jr. uses anti-Semitic trope to attack Adam Schiff: he was “hand-picked by George Soros”


President Trump has spent the entire day hammering House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for leading the impeachment hearings against him and his staff, getting personal and trashing Schiff’s “brains” while calling for his resignation over his “criminal” and “treasonous” testimony to Congress.

Later in the afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. joined in the dogpile of vitriol against the man who has dedicated the last three years of his life to upholding the rule of law and exposing the myriad crimes of the Trump administration with a lengthy thread on Twitter.

But while the elder Trump stayed on the playground, preferring to joke about jockstraps and calling him a lowlife, Don Jr. decided to go full white nationalist conspiracy theorist.

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Deploying all of 8chan’s favorite anti-Semitic tropes, Trump’s son smeared Schiff (who is Jewish) as a “radical liberal” and “puppet” who was “handpicked” by George Soros, the Jewish billionaire and Democratic donor, and claimed the entire thing was part of the deep state “cabal.”


At this point in the Trump presidency, we’ve seen this exact same language used by the president and his camp often enough to not recognize these tweets as barely concealed anti-Semitic dog whistles — and he was quickly called out for it by Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of the historied Jewish outlet Forward.

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Donald Trump Jr., who spends much more time associating with white supremacist and anti-Semitic-adjacent elements of the alt-right than his father does, is no stranger to spreading white supremacist conspiracy theories and dogwhistles.

He and his father have played a huge role in enabling the circulation of these hateful ideas to a huge audience, and it’s clear that they’re determined to link the impeachment inquiry into their larger narrative of that a Democratic-Jewish-deep state conspiracy to replace President Trump and destroy white America by filling it with immigrants.

We can’t allow them to succeed.



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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.