But…don’t Republicans use a ton of antisemitism?
Hmm, about that….We have noticed that most people haven’t responded well to the increase in violence and antisemitic incidents in the current administration. We read somewhere that 73% of Jewish voters feel less safe today than they did four years ago. Yikes.
I mean it might have something to do with us using language that promotes antisemitic and racist theories. And it certainly isn’t helping us when people talk about those same theories motivating the shooters at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Chabad of Poway, the Walmart in El Paso, and even internationally in Christchurch, New Zealand. It’s been particularly unhelpful when people notice that the shooters have said some of the same things we say on Fox News.
But back to the main thing from earlier, we can always deflect the blame! That’s why it’s so great when patriots like Liz Cheney decided that we should all call Democrats antisemites, socialists, and radicals every chance we get. Or when Dan Crenshaw heroically blames the latest shooting on a New York Times cartoonist to distract from our party rhetoric that clearly mirrored the attack.
And has it been working? Pretty well, actually, thanks for asking. One study found that the media talks a lot more about “antisemitism on the left” than far-right extremism, which we feel A-OK about.
And fun fact: Our fake care about antisemitism isn’t really about Jews for us, anyway. Most of the stuff we say about Jews is really meant to shore up our evangelical base and try to make us sound like good people. Accusing others of antisemitism is a nice way to shift attention away from our own antisemitism.