POLITICS 11/01/2018 06:31 am ET “Trump has whipped up a xenophobic mob," the "Full Frontal" host said. By Lee Moran Samantha Bee called out President Donald Trump and his Republican supporters for repeatedly using racist dog whistles to whip up “a xenophobic mob.” Bee noted on Wednesday’s “Full Frontal” that “mainstream conservatives would never say anything negative about Jewish people outright,” but instead were using subtle anti-Semitic terms such as “coastal elites,” “globalists” and “Hollywood liberals.” Their current “biggest, loudest dog whistle” is George Soros, Bee explained. She pointed out that right-wingers depict the “billionaire investor and Jewish Holocaust survivor who created a charitable foundation called Open Society” as a “demonic, Nazi, commie super-villain” who controls the world. “Scapegoating Jewish people … [Read more...] about Samantha Bee Shreds Dog-Whistling Trump And GOP For Mainstreaming Anti-Semitism
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OPINION 10/30/2018 10:46 pm ET Neil J. YoungColumnist At a campaign rally in Michigan on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence invited Rabbi Loren Jacobs to the stage to pray for the 11 people who had been gunned down just two days before while worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. In usual circumstances, having a rabbi offer a Kaddish, or a prayer for the dead, would seem the respectful response to the heinous murder of 11 Jews, although one might say a far more generous move would have been to cancel the political event altogether. But the Trump administration rarely chooses generosity. And when it comes to showing respect to America’s Jews, they are far more likely to take the opportunity to dog whistle to their white evangelical base. That was certainly evident in the appearance of Rabbi Jacobs at Monday’s event. Rather than any number of Orthodox or conservative rabbis who might have offered a prayer, instead it was Jacobs, a … [Read more...] about Messianic Rabbi At Pence Event Was Yet Another Dog Whistle To Evangelicals
The racist dog whistle that was blown by the GOP’s nominee for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, against his opponent Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, apparently caught the attention of the alleged mail bomber Cesar Sayoc. SEE ALSO: ‘If Trump Is A White Supremacist, He’s Doing A Very Good Job For Black People,’ Says ‘Young Black Conservative’ Sayoc frequently targeted the African-American candidate on Twitter the Miami Herald reported. Authorities arrested Sayoc, 56, in South Florida on Friday. He’s accused of sending at least 14 homemade bombs through the U.S. Postal Service to high-profile political opponents of President Donald Trump, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The suspected terrorist reportedly tweeted support for DeSantis, who has Trump’s endorsement. DeSantis, a former congressman, has used race as a weapon in waging his campaign battles. “I call on all political leaders … [Read more...] about Mail Bomber Targeted Andrew Gillum In Governor Race Against Opponent Who Blew Racist Dog Whistle
U.S. Donald Trump Democratic Representative Maxine Waters has a message for her California constituents and the American people after a series of mail-bomb threats on Wednesday, two of which were addressed to her: President Donald Trump should take responsibility for the kinds of “violence we’re seeing” and “I ain’t afraid” of threats. The congresswoman spoke to the online news outlet Blavity shortly after learning about the first package containing an explosive device that had her name on it. The other intended targets were mostly prominent Democrats who have criticized Trump in the past, including the Obamas, the Clintons, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Vice President Joe Biden. Billionaire Democratic donor George Soros and actor Robert De Niro were also targeted. Waters has been on the receiving end of the president’s personal … [Read more...] about Maxine Waters: Trump Should ‘Take Responsibility’ for Bomb Threats, He’s Been ‘Dog-Whistling’ to Supporters
What does Gov. Rick Scott mean when he calls Sen. Bill Nelson "confused," as he did twice during Tuesday's U.S. Senate debate? To Democrats, Scott's intentions are clear. The repeated references to Nelson's state of mind are a flagrant and unseemly attempt to draw attention to the age of a 76-year-old senator who has never been accused of poor mental fitness. Scott's campaign said that's not the case at all. "It's that he has become such a party-line liberal, and like most career politicians, he talks a lot but doesn't get anything done," the Republican's spokeswoman Lauren Schenone said. Whether it is a dog whistle, or just a particularly cutting attack in a long line of brutish missives, Scott's campaign isn't backing away. Campaign manager Jackie Schutz Zeckman sent reporters a post-debate recap that asserted Nelson was "losing his mind" and "barely hanging on." "A rambling, incoherent, confused, disjointed performance," Schutz Zeckman said in the statement. It was a startling … [Read more...] about Rick Scott keeps calling Bill Nelson ‘confused.’ Is this a dog whistle that could bite back?