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Breitbart uses anti-semitic nazi inspired language to attack George Soros

Reprinted with permission from Media Matters.

Breitbart News’ Twitter account used anti-Semitic rhetoric, commonly used in 1930’s Nazi propaganda, to attack philanthropist George Soros’ efforts to combat voter suppression laws. The anti-Semitic attack is in keeping with a troubling pattern of anti-Semitism from Breitbart, which President-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon formerly ran and has bragged is home to the “alt-right,” a racist white nationalist movement.

Linking to a “flashback” story about Soros’ financial role supporting “legal battles against state voting laws,” the Breitbart Twitter account tweeted on November 28, “Like an octopus.”

The “octopus” wording is overt anti-Semitic rhetoric dating back to at least the 1930s, when it was a common theme in Nazi propaganda. The imagery of a Jewish octopus engulfing the globe or ensnaring political institutions can be found on other white supremacist and neo-Nazi online forums, as well as on Fox News’ airwaves.

That Breitbart is attacking Soros with anti-Semitic rhetoric is not surprising — the white nationalist site was formerly run by Bannon, who has bragged that Breitbart News had become home to the “alt-right” — which is merely a racist code word for white nationalists. In 2007, Bannon’s ex-wife swore in court that Bannon “said he doesn’t like Jews” and didn’t want his children to go to school with Jews. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart attacked media and political figures using anti-Semitic rhetoric, to the point where a former Breitbart employee accused the website of embracing “a movement shot through with racism and anti-Semitism.”

Major media outlets are already whitewashing Bannon’s history of white nationalism and anti-Semitism. Given that Trump also has an extensive relationship with the white nationalist movement and Bannon’s extreme influence in Trump’s White House, media efforts to identify and criticize anti-Semitic rhetoric are more critical than ever.

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 29, 2016

    Well, I for one am challenging the media to shine a bright light on Steve Bannon, the alt-right, and all racists who seek shelter under the banner of Trump. This demonic addiction the extreme right has for George Soros is something out of a Twilight Zone scenario.
    Nevertheless, the light of the media should be constantly shone on Trump and Steve Bannon, and the caustic and long-term damage of racism’s corrosive influence must always be discussed and rebuked publicly.

    Shoghi Effendi, one of the Central Figures of the Baha’i Faith, had the likes if Steve Bannon and the alt-right in mind among others, when he wrote in 1947 the following excerpt taken from a report he prepared for the U.N. Special Palestine Commission, describing at great length the plight of the world wrought by vain and corrupt practices and ungodly ideologies:

    “…A world that has lost its bearings, in which the bright flame of religion is fast dying out, in which the forces of a blatant nationalism and racialism have usurped the rights and prerogatives of God Himself, in which a flagrant secularism—the direct offspring of irreligion—has raised its triumphant head and is protruding its ugly features…and in which the virus of prejudice and corruption is eating into the vitals of an already gravely disordered society….”

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    1. Theodora30 November 30, 2016

      They obsess about Soros because he is one of the few wealthy people that regularly puts millions into liberal causes (not just donating to candidates and PACs supporting them). They are trying to equate him with the Kochs, Art Pope here in NC, the De Vos family, and the many other wealthy individuals that fund right wing/libertarian causes that enrich them personally.

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    1. I Am Helpy December 4, 2016

      OK thanks for the racist grandpa-memes you probably put there. Nobody can see them, Stormfront guy.

  2. Dominick Vila November 29, 2016

    I doubt Breitbart will question George Soros’ decision to help finance the construction of the Trump Tower…

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    1. dbtheonly November 30, 2016

      I don’t understand the relevance of the Sturmbanfurher’s picture.

      Though I will admit being concerned that “like an octopus” is an anti-Semitic comment. I’ve used it myself in relation to the Koch Brothers.

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  4. FireBaron November 30, 2016

    Wouldn’t it be great if a “front” company backed by Jewish investors bought out Brietbart and fired all of them?

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