Ben Shapiro: The Anti-Semites Are Out In Force For Trump

I wonder if the anti-Semites in these types of articles are so much anti-Semites as whites who care about whites as much as Jewish leaders care about Jews?

When whites perceive Jewish organizations pushing for more immigration of non-whites, for multi-culturalism, and for white-shaming, it is natural, healthy and good to react against that. Is that anti-Semitism?

I don’t find the term “anti-Semitism” useful. What do you call Jewish dislike of gentiles? Anti-Gentilism? What do you hatred of whites? Anti-whitism? All groups are in competition for scarce resources. It is exceedingly rare that one group pushes ahead without disadvantaging other groups. For instance, when Jews rise in power, are no other groups affected by that? Are things just peaches and cream for everyone?

“Anti-Semite” is a slur, a nasty name. It is not useful for understanding the world. It is more useful to see how groups are competing with each other and to be clear about the various competing group interests in a society and a continent. What’s good for Russia, for instance, may not be good for Poland or Germany or America. What’s good for Israel might not always be good for Syria and Lebanon and Iran.

Just because outsiders criticize you and your group in ugly ways does not mean that genocide is on the way. Sometimes harsh language leads to genocide, most of the time it does not. If you really truly hate a group, you want to get rid of it from your country. Many Israelis hate Arabs and want them gone from Israel. Most white nationalists hate Jews and want them gone from their white countries.

I don’t think Jews are wrong or bad for noticing that Donald Trump is the leader of a resurgent white nationalism in America. When they equate him to Hitler, they’re hysterical. Nationalism and a sense of victimhood does not usually lead to genocide, but it always contains the capacity for genocide.

If Jewish organizations go all out to stop Trump, Trump may well wish to crush them when he becomes president. It is rare that a group can take significant action against a target without there being pushback. If Jews get hysterical about Trump, it may not end well for Jews in America. Currently, there is no reason to believe that President Trump will permit pogroms in America. There are many reasons to believe that Donald Trump will be a Jew-friendly president and there are no reasons to believe that he will be hostile to Jews. He has never demonstrated hostility to Jews. Where is the history of his anti-Jewish behavior and speech? I don’t know of this.

Why are Jewish commentators such as Ben Shapiro getting so much anti-Jewish venom on Twitter and elsewhere? Because when Ben Shapiro criticizes America’s resurgent white nationalism, he’s making himself an enemy of those who value white identity with a similar intensity to the way that Ben Shapiro, an Orthodox Jew, values his Jewish identity. Every living organism has an instinctive revulsion against anything that threatens its life. By trying to stop Trump, Ben Shapiro and other Jewish pundits are placing themselves in front of a tidal wave of white nationalism.

Until the 1960s, Jews got along pretty nicely in the South. Then some Jews started to catch heat from the KKK and related organizations. Why? Because some Jews started pushing for black rights and black votes. When Jews put themselves in the way of white interests, some whites fought back. If a group started harming Jews and Jewish autonomy and Jewish identity, would not Jews fight back? Proud whites care as much about white civilization (aka America until recently) as identifying Jews care about their Judaism.

If a white guy walks into a black area and starts yelling anti-black epithets, he’s likely to get hurt. If a non-Muslim walks into a Muslim area and starts yelling anti-Muslim epithets, he’s likely to get hurt. When Jews hurl abuse at the white identity movement, and at any white who wants to have freedom of association, then those Jews are asking to be hurt. You can’t defecate on other people’s culture and expect there will be no consequences for your foul behavior.

Most Orthodox Jews are going to vote for the Republican nominee, whether it is Trump or not.

Ben Shapiro thinks there is a vast untapped well of anti Jewish hatred in the United States just waiting to be set free by Donald Trump. He extrapolates from the anti-Jewish tweets her receives to think this attitude is widespread. I would say this more likely represents Shapiro’s fear that on some level what he promotes politically is not in the best interest of wide swathes of the American people, and his concern is that they are wise to him.

Ben Shapiro writes:

I do not believe Donald Trump is an anti-Semite. His daughter Ivanka underwent an orthodox conversion to Judaism; he relies on her heavily for advice, according to all sources. But there is no question that a disquieting number of Trump supporters hate Jews as Jews. I have criticized President Obama in blunt fashion; I have defended Israel’s right to self-defense against the Palestinians consistently; I have bashed Ron Paul. I have never received the amount of anti-Semitic hate I currently do each day for the crime of criticizing The Great Trump.

Here’s a taste from yesterday alone:

The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi site with an entire vertical labeled “Jewish Problem” and another labeled “Race War,” has dedicated article after article to little old “Christ-Killing Kike Shapiro,” complete with pasted-on Nazi-style Jewish star. 4chan is chock full of threads questioning my ethnicity and my evil Jewish plans for world domination – all of which involve stopping Trump.

It’s not just me, of course. Jake Tapper of CNN now says he’s received anti-Semitic tweets “all day.” My friend Bethany Mandel, another orthodox Jew who opposes Trump, just bought herself a gun out of fear of unhinged Trump supporters. John Podhoretz of Commentary says he receives tweets consistently from “literally neo-Nazi White supremacists, all anonymous…I don’t think I can attribute being a supporter of Trump to being a validator or an expresser of these opinions, but something was let loose by him.” Noah Rothman of Commentary tweets, “It never ends. Blocking doesn’t help either. They have lists, on which I seem to find myself.”

This isn’t Trump’s fault. Politicians often have supporters they can’t stand and don’t control. But one thing is Trump’s fault: Trump has been reaching out to these supporters. They feel empowered by his rise not merely because they agree with his policies, but because of the language Trump uses and the people with whom he associates.

This week, Trump infamously refused to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke on national television when asked to do so by Jake Tapper of CNN, although he had done just that two days before (Trump later claimed there was something wrong with his earpiece, an obvious and blatant lie). Rush Limbaugh rightly pointed out, “Maybe [Trump’s] nervous after that debate. Maybe he’s worried. The polls don’t indicate it.  Maybe he’s worried that Cruz and Rubio are gaining on him, and he doesn’t want to tick off anybody that might vote for him.”

And while Trump claims that he doesn’t want to take moral sides between the Israelis and the Palestinians for purposes of dealmaking, there’s another possible explanation: he doesn’t want to look like a “cuck” for Israel. The same day as Trump’s KKK debacle, Louis Farrakhan told Chicago’s Mosque Maryam that Trump “is the only member who has stood in front of the Jewish community, and said I don’t want your money. Any time a man can say to those who control the politics of America, ‘I don’t want your money,’ that means you can’t control me. And they cannot afford to give up control of the presidents of the United States.” Farrakhan’s comments specifically refer to Trump’s speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition in December in which he suggested to a roomful of Jews, “you’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money…I’m a negotiator, like you folks…Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I’ve ever spoken.” He added, “I don’t know if Israel has the commitment to make [peace].”

The association between Trump supporters and anti-Semitism is not entirely Trump’s fault, but it isn’t pure coincidence. Trump could do a lot to fight the anti-Semitism within his support base. But he won’t. After all, that might be construed as “politically correct,” as opposed to non-vulgar (as I’ve explained before, there is a major difference between the two).  And it’s more important to be construed by terrible people as “politically incorrect” than it is to be a decent human being.

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