Fox News and Breitbart spent the holiday weekend sliding outrageous white supremacist ideas into the mainstream.
One of the biggest reasons to worry about Donald Trump’s presidency beyond all the terrible policies likely to be enacted – is the fear that it will embolden overt racists and help mainstream overt anti-Semitism and white supremacy.Unfortunately events around the Christmas holiday suggest those fears have come to pass.White supremacists are getting bolder and their views are starting to gain traction in conservative media spaces that have large and relatively mainstream conservative audiences.
Right-wing media raising the alarm about a mythical ‘war on Christmas’ has become a dark annual tradition – an opportunity for conservatives aided and abetted by dishonest media sources – to convince themselves they’re are being oppressed by Scrooge-like secular liberals who want to ban Christmas.
The idea that there’s a war on Christmas has anti-Semitic roots; Henry Ford accused Jews of trying to steal Christmas in his 1920s era article series titled ‘The International Jew’.
In recent years the notion that Jews specifically are to blame for this persecution has been scrubbed from the annual right wing hysterics and blame for the supposed war on Christmas has been laid at the feet of politically correct liberals.
Anti-Semitism could be read in between the lines perhaps – but it was almost never overt.
But this is the era of Trump and so it should be no surprise that the subtext is becoming the text and the anti-Semitism is becoming overt.