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A local wing of the Republican Party is under fire for an anti-Semitic video posted to its Facebook page Wednesday. The video accuses a local county legislator, Aron Wieder, an Orthodox Jew, of plotting a “takeover” of the area.

“The video spliced shadowy footage of Wieder with headlines of news stories covering Jewish-Christian tensions. ‘What’s at stake: Our homes, our families, our schools, our communities, our water, our way of life,’ graphics claimed,” The Forward reported. “‘If they win, we lose,’ the video continued. ‘Take back control.'”

New York Attorney General Letitia James slammed the video in a statement released Wednesday.

“This video is deeply disturbing and should be removed and condemned immediately by the Rockland County Republican Party,” she said. “To clearly state that members of the Jewish community are a threat to families and our safety and that they must be stopped is despicable and completely unacceptable.”

“We must all stand together to denounce this hateful video,” she concluded.

The Anti-Defamation League of New York and New Jersey said the images and language in the video “strongly suggest an appeal to anti-religious bigotry.”

“This is way worse than a thug punching, or throwing a rock,” said Rabbi Yisroel Kahan. ” This took hours of planning, and editing. It was a calculated move by the Rockland County GOP and those responsible MUST be held accountable.”

The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council also slammed the video in a statement. “The bigoted video that was released by a county-level major political party is just an illustration how hateful the environment has become,” the group said.

The party pulled its video after the firestorm of condemnation but remained defiant.

“Anyone who dares speak up about overdevelopment, corruption, or education is immediately labeled as anti-Semitic without any concern for facts or without any idea of the true issues at hand,” wroteLawrence Garvey, chairman of the Rockland GOP.

The local outbreak of anti-Semitism follows comments from Trump earlier in the month, accusing American Jews who back the Democratic Party — the overwhelming majority of Jewish voters — of being “disloyal.”

“I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” Trump told reporters.

As occurred with the local party, Trump’s comments were condemned by a host of Jewish advocacy groups.

At both the national and local level, outbreaks of anti-Semitic bigotry continue to occur with Republicans.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)