Thus, Governor Youngkin has just set up a “Commission for the fight against anti-Semitism”. I have a few words to say on this subject, but let me begin by encouraging the Governor’s interest in the Jewish people by teaching him what the Yiddish word “chutzpah” means:
“Courage or confidence. Literally translates to nerve, arrogance, brazen presumption; it’s not a compliment.
A good example of chutzpah would be a politician establishing a commission to study an ugly phenomenon that he himself used to get elected. Now, we all know how Glenn Youngkin inserted the politics of race into his campaign crusading against teaching the ugly truth about how racism has been a part of American history since day one. But much like the white supremacists who swarmed Charlottesville in August 2017, Youngkin couldn’t help but attribute the so-called anti-white bias he says plagues our schools to alleged global male power. Jewish money. As he said last October during the election campaign:
“The current chaos in our schools rests squarely on the feet of…Terry McAuliffe…But also on the allies supported by George Soros, those allies who are in the liberal-progressive leftist movement. They inserted political agents into our school system disguised as school boards.
Yes, George Soros, the Hungarian-Jewish billionaire who became the favorite bogeyman of right-wing fanatics and white supremacists, from Hungarian Victor Orban to our very own Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Rudy Giuliani, Matt Gaetz, Glenn Beck, etc., etc. . – into the deepest, darkest nazi recesses of the web. The ways in which Soros has been described and portrayed by these forces are very familiar to historians of anti-Semitism, for example:
Indeed, the reason Soros has become such a powerful symbol for both Jews and Jew-haters is because of the modern history of anti-Semitism. This story can be traced back to a 1903 propaganda tract titled The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Created and distributed by Tsar Nicholas’ secret police in Russia in the early 20th century, the book purports to be about a vast global Jewish conspiracy to control the world. It was used by the Tsar to justify anti-Semitic pogroms against Russian Jews – which stimulated the emigration of many of them (including my grandparents to the United States).
Of course, the lies of the Protocols most notoriously influenced Hitler, whom he quoted in his autobiography, Mein Kampf. As one historian put it, “Hitler used the Protocols as a manual in his war to exterminate the Jews”, and “they were used to explain all the disasters that had befallen the country: the defeat in the war, hunger, destructive inflation.
The ugly but convenient lies remain pretty much the same: Jewish financiers control the world through money, Jews control public opinion through the media and Hollywood, and all of this is used to corrupt Western society. When the MAGA Hat Nazis who invaded Charlottesville shouted “The Jews will not replace us”, they were referring to a white supremacist doctrine called “replacement theory” or “The Great Replacement”, which states that immigration to Western countries is in fact a Jewish or “cosmopolitan” conspiracy of “globalist” elites to degrade white Christian civilization.
So listening to those dog whistles is not a sign of hypersensitivity, but of learning the dangerous lessons of history. And using such symbolism for political purposes is very problematic.
Now, let’s be clear about George Soros – he, like many other wealthy people, contributes substantially to the political causes and campaigns he promotes. If Republicans want to end the influence of the wealthy in politics, they can pass strong campaign finance reform — oops, they (and a few Democrats) just killed every bill in the General Assembly to do that. .
The funny thing is, if you check the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) database to see which individual donors have given the most to Commonwealth candidates, the defending champion, from 1996 to the present, doesn’t is other than…Glenn Youngkin, who donated a colossal $21 million, almost all of that for his own campaign! But this rich puppeteer who manipulates the system agrees with the Republicans, huh?
Asked to substantiate Youngkin’s claims that Soros funded school board candidates, his spokesman at the time, Matt Wolking (himself a notorious Islamophobe) could not find a single example, instead pointing the support of a Soros-backed PAC for several local election candidates. prosecutor positions.
So a false claim about a wealthy Jew who became a hated symbol for Nazis around the world, used to win an election for governor of Virginia – seems like the perfect case for a commission to fight against anti-Semitism leans on it. Go ahead, guys!