Last week writers Nina Golgowski and Luke O’Brien of the Huffington Post accused the Trump administration of anti-Semitism.
In an article titled This Anti-Semitic Term Was Casually Used At The White House 3 Times This Week, HuffPo told its readers:
“The term ‘globalist’ has been used at the White House at least three times this week in reference to an outgoing Jewish Trump administration official, raising some eyebrows because the word is increasingly used in xenophobic and anti-Semitic contexts.”
One reference was a question posed by Fox News’s John Roberts to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a press briefing about the possible replacements for the director of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn.
“He was a noted free trader, a globalist. Will the president seek another globalist, another free trader?” Roberts asked.
The director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, also used the dreaded “G” word in a tweet describing Cohn last Tuesday.
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Mulvaney also described Cohn as “one of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with.” Salon covered the statement by calling the term globalist an “anti-Semitic dog whistle.”
Trump himself also referred to Cohn as a “globalist” at a cabinet meeting before noting, “but I still like him.”
“He’s been terrific,” Trump praised. “He may be a globalist, but I still like him. He’s seriously globalist, there’s no question, but you know what, in his own way he’s also a nationalist because he loves our country.”
The term “globalism,” in political vernacular, describes trade policy perceived to benefit multinational corporations and the economies of other nations at the expense of American workers. In tandem, it also refers to recklessly open boarders and lax immigration policies that drive down wages for the benefit of corporations and the wealthy. A “globalist,” therefore, is a person who advocates for, enforces, or benefits from such policies.
The cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal with Asia reviled by both Trump supporters and Bernie Sanders supporters during the 2016 election, and the recent implementation of tariffs on Chinese steel imports are two examples of policy moves that are anti-globalization.
On the other hand, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s million migrant bonanza is an example of an immigration policy that is seen as globalist by conservatives.
Salon, HuffPo, and other leftwing media outlets seem completely oblivious to the fact that breathlessly equating anti-globalization with anti-Semitism is, in itself, extremely anti-Semitic. It suggests these writers quietly buy into hateful Jewish stereotypes. In a sense, they’re being far more anti-Semitic than the people they’re accusing of anti-Semitism.
Jumping on the bandwagon, laughably far-left NowThis, often mistaken for a parody site, even failed to see the irony and used the story to make a video legitimizing this invisible relationship between the Chosen People and trade deals.
Whether through laziness or malice, these organizations also fail to acknowledge that globalism has been rallied against by the left in cases like the 1999 World Trade Organization conference in Seattle. The protestors objected to corporatism and took to the streets without a single accusation of anti-Semitism. The event even featured a protest super-group performance of noted leftists Jello Biafra, Kim Thayil, Krist Novoselic, and Gina Mainwal singing songs against outsourcing and unfair trade deals.
The small number of actual white nationalists and white identitarians who exist in the U.S., now referred to as the alt-right, have used the term “globalist” to describe warped conspiracy theories about a Jewish utopia. This is the crux of HuffPo’s sloppy argument and Golgowski and O’Brien have no interest in letting readers know the alt-right believes nearly everything is a massive Jewish conspiracy, from the banks to the media. If it rains on their birthday, they blame the Jews.
For further evidence, Golgowski and O’Brien cite the “glossary of extremist language” published by the reliably head-in-the-clouds New York Times. According to the Times, taboo “extremist” words also include “antifa,” which is the actual name of a far-left terrorist organization coined by the group itself, and “cuck,” which is a sex act. The insinuation being the use any of these terms makes the speaker anti-Semitic, as if by magic.
Now, onto the embarrassingly obvious.
Donald Trump’s record on being a friend to the Jewish people speaks for itself. His daughter, Ivanka, is a senior advisor and a convert to Orthodox Judaism. His heavily criticized son in law, Jared Kushner, is also Jewish. His grandchildren are Jewish. Other Jews in trusted positions in Trump’s administration are chief council and Israel advisor Jason Greenblatt, U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, senior advisor Boris Epshteyn, senior advisor Stephen Miller, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, ambassador to Italy Lewis Eisenberg, and chief strategist Michael Glassner, to name a few.
Trump also made the bold move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a decision lamented by the Huffington Post staff while being celebrated by Jews around the world. In light of the announcement, the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is scheduled to open this May.
Connecting globalism to Jews would also be an exercise in ignoring the reality that the only Jewish state in the world, Israel, has a fondness for walls and is highly nationalistic, nationalism being the exact opposite of globalism.
Why HuffPo wants its readers to equate multi-national corporate interests with people of the Jewish faith is beyond ignorant, unless they believe such conspiracy theories themselves. That wouldn’t be surprising. The Jews have certainly been knocked down the left’s Totem Pole of Oppressed Peoples, with Muslims stealing the top slot. Leftwing media also has a deep love affair with the dwindling number of alt-righters. In fact, more fawning articles have been written about white nationalist leader Richard Spencer than he has actual devotees.
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