On October 11, 2016, the Muckraker issued a long post called “Corey Stewart’s Trump Gambit.” The post discussed in depth Stewart’s relatively open-book approach to politics, his political acumen, and the possible advantages for his political future of association with Trump, win or lose, and regardless of the fact that Stewart had just been fired by the Trump campaign. We even speculated that Stewart might have purposely got himself fired, or at least anticipated the possible advantages if that occurred.
Two of the comments generated by our post wondered if Stewart may have been a bit concerned about the alt-right movement taking over the Trump campaign in the form of campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon, Bretibart uberman. The first of those comments called the alt-right movement “the modern intellectual equivalent of the German brownshirts,” who are “anti-government, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic among other things.”
A later comment on the same subject said “I don’t know if Stewart was concerned about it or not, but there is a strong anti-Semitic strain in the Bannon alt-right crowd now in control of Trump’s campaign. They believe that Jews control the financial system in the U.S. So far the campaign has masked this a bit by attacking immigrants and Muslims.”
Amazingly, the two comments might have been prescient.
Yesterday, October 13, Trump gave perhaps his angriest, most hate-filled speech of the campaign, engaging in a variety of wild conspiracy theories typical of the alt-right alternative universe. But there was one remark in particular Trump made that stood out to us at the Muckraker because of the two comments referenced above.
“ . . . Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, . . . .”
This language is a long-standing, extreme right-wing, anti-Semitic trope about Jews controlling the international financial system. One of the most prominent vehicles for its dissemination was the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a fabricated text that was first published in Russia in 1903. “The Protocols” claimed to be the minutes of secret meetings among Jewish leaders in the late 19th century, where they outlined a purported Jewish plan for global domination through control of the press and global economies.
Although the London Times exposed “The Protocols” as a fraud in 1921, anti-Semites around the world from Henry Ford, to Adolf Hitler, to the KKK, to members of the Saudi royal family, to Hamas, to the Christian evangelical and Young Earth creationist Kent Hovind, have continued to treat it as authentic.
The idea of coordinated control of the global press and financial system through secret meetings with Jews has continued to be a staple of the alt-right movement to this day, and we do not believe that Bannon’s role in the Trump campaign and the appearance of anti-Semitic trope are a coincidence. In fact, Trump national campaign spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, with her own long history of racist and anti-Semitic remarks, repeated the reference on Fox News, citing the “collusion between the Clinton campaign and the media, as well as the banks.”
The Anti-Defamation League recognized immediately what was going on and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt promptly commented on Twitter.
We have no doubt here at the Muckraker that this language was used intentionally. It is a staple of the alt-right movement’s anti-Semitic, white nationalist wing exemplified by Stephen K. Bannon.
We also suspect that Trump himself is clueless about this. He has repeatedly demonstrated an almost unimaginable lack of serious knowledge about any of the major issues facing the United States today. Consequently, it’s hard to imagine that he understands the historical import of his words, or how he is being manipulated by the scions of the alt-right movement, who have maneuvered themselves into positions of power in the Trump campaign by preying on his ego and need for external validation.
This is serious. These are not Republican or Conservative values now controlling the Trump campaign. Stephen K. Bannon has no interest in winning an election. His interest is in using Trump to unify the worst strains in racial and ethnic thought in American society.
Corey Stewart – the comments on the Muckraker were prescient and we’re glad you’re out of there. That is no place for you now.