Jonathan Chait is pessimistic on the future of the Jewish Question in the GOP.
“Trump’s rise has reshaped the GOP, driving out some of its constituent elements while bringing in previously excluded factions, the ranks of which include virulent antisemites. The lessons of Hitler’s Germany have been badly overapplied, so it is important to contextualize these events carefully. The GOP may not be an antisemitic party. Indeed, it has managed to maintain a big tent that includes both Jewish ultrahawks like Miriam Adelson and their most paranoid enemies. Nevertheless, it has become a party in which antisemitism has gained a foothold. No recent development in American life has done more to throw American Jews’ safety and civic equality into doubt.
In the early-20th century, contempt for Jewish immigrants was an important tributary in the stream of reactionary politics. Antisemitism reached a peak during the Great Depression, when right-wing populists like Charles Lindbergh depicted the Roosevelt administration as beholden to the Jews. The aviator’s “America First” movement characterized Jewish support for hawkish measures against Nazi Germany as evidence of disloyalty. …
Trump resurrected Buchanan’s strain of populist nationalism. He’s always nurtured business relations and personal ties with Jewish people, but his revival of “America First” — both the slogan and the ideas surrounding it — inevitably excited antisemites. In 2016, he tweeted out an image using a Star of David to symbolize Hillary Clinton’s “corruption.” The Trump campaign tweeted an altered version after an outcry but then ran an ad in the campaign’s closing days decrying “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities” coupled with images of Janet Yellen, George Soros, and Lloyd Blankfein — all of whom are financial figures who happen to be Jewish. …
Whatever misgivings the remaining old-line Republicans may have toward the militant cadres Trump inspired, Republicans fear their political and even terroristic power. They no longer imagine they have the gatekeeping force to exclude the antisemites, less still to steer the party away from the kind of paranoid rhetoric that invites their participation.
The GOP’s overriding goal is to win, and it has decided this means accepting the support of anybody who will provide it. For three-quarters of a century, antisemites were locked out of major American politics or at least had to keep their bigotry quiet. Now the door is open.”
I’m feeling bullish.
In a few years, I think “naming the Jew” will also be mainstream. It won’t be taboo anymore to discuss Jewish power and influence. Jonathan Greenblatt will be shouting into the void on MSNBC.
Here are some things which used to be taboo and which used to only be discussed in our circles that I have watched enter the conservative mainstream over the past decade:
- Post-liberalism (rejection of conservative liberalism)
- “Journalists” are The Enemy of the People
- Christian nationalism
- Immigration restriction
- Abolishing the FBI
- Withdrawing from NATO
- Trade protectionism
- Industrial policy
- Black-on-White crime
- The Great Replacement
- QAnon (Democratic elites are Satan worshipping pedophiles)
- The term anti-White
- White advocacy (things like opposing affirmative action, race-based hiring, opposition to CRT)
- Attacking the SPLC and the ADL
Three years ago, Charlie Kirk was getting bombarded with questions during the Groyper War. Today, Charlie Kirk agrees that Whites are being replaced by non-White immigrants.
Mark my words … when it is no longer taboo to discuss the Jewish Question and even that has been absorbed into the mainstream there will be people on the internet who will insist that nothing has really changed because the GOP hasn’t embraced National Socialism.