Donald Trump is a raving anti-Semite. That was proven beyond all doubt in September, when he knowingly called two high-profile Jewish lawmakers, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, “savages.” In light of this, a less-noticed decision on Trump’s part must be seen in a rather disturbing light. The White House regularly doles out press credentials to a Christian news organization helmed by a chest-beating anti-Semite masquerading as a pastor.
Even by the standards of the religious right, Rick Wiles is a very loathsome character. But in recent months, Wiles and his ministry, TruNews, have taken on a bent that goes beyond loathsome to outright chilling. Whenever you watch one of Wiles’ videos on Facebook, Twitter and (for now) YouTube, you can take it to the bank that you’re going to hear some particularly virulent anti-Semitic bile.
To hear him talk, Jews are tools of the devil who are “crapping on the country,” and have “the spirit of the Antichrist” in them because they don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah. To hear him talk, the effort to impeach Trump is nothing more than a “Jew coup,” and a textbook example of just how deceitful Jews are. He also believes that one of the most notorious anti-Semitic forgeries ever created, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” actually has some truth to it.
When fellow Christian conservative Michael Brown called Wiles out for his “dangerous rhetoric,” Wiles claimed that he was being attacked just because he could count. But in the same breath, he dusted off another old anti-Semitic canard–the Bolshevik Revolution was a Jewish plot.
Earlier this month, Wiles blew his stack after PayPal canceled his account there. In typical fashion, he claimed it was a Jewish plot. Watch here.
And yet, despite this, it appears that the White House communications team has no qualms about giving Wiles and TruNews press credentials for major events both at home and abroad. In 2018, for instance, TruNews got credentials to cover the World Economic Forum in Davos. In 2019, the White House opened the door for TruNews to cover the United Nations General Assembly. Also in 2019, TruNews scored an interview with Trump’s loudest surrogate–his son, Donald Trump Jr.
So in other words, despite numerous instances of anti-Semitic statements that would make Richard Spencer or Andrew Anglin blush, the Trump White House still sees fit to give TruNews one of the most coveted items in American journalism. Indeed, according to Wiles, TruNews actually have to turn down a number of invitations because they simply don’t have the manpower to cover them all.
Well, it looks like Wiles is getting a long-overdue dose of accountability. On Wednesday, People for the American Way’s Right Wing learned that Wiles had gotten credentials from the White House to attend this year’s World Economic Forum. Right Wing Watch got a clip of the previous night’s edition of “TruNews” airing from Davos; watch here.
Later that day, CNN’s Jake Tapper revealed that the White House Correspondents’ Association is not happy about this move.
Lest Trump dismiss this as fake news from CNN, Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League turned up the pressure on the White House.
Wiles responded with more anti-Semitism. On Wednesday’s edition of his show, he claimed that the Jews’ quest for the Messiah will lead them to follow the Antichrist. Right Wing Watch got a clip.
Wiles claimed that Jews are in “rebellion against God” because they will not accept that Jesus is the Messiah. As he told co-hosts Ed Szall and Doc Burkhart, “They don’t want a savior. They want a king.” He claimed that said desire for a king will lead them to turn to the Antichrist.
As he saw it, it will be easy for them to follow the Antichrist’s lead because the Antichrist will be Jewish. He claimed that the Jews will “rally to him” and “worship him”–and that “evangelical Zionists” will be sucked in as well.
Even by Wiles’ standards, this is tone-deaf. He knows that he’s under fire for being an anti-Semite, and yet he claims Jews are rebelling against the Almighty because they don’t accept Jesus?
Last year, Wiles whined that he has been forced to gradually shut down his YouTube presence because he can’t abide being attacked in the comments. Um, Rick? If you think you don’t deserve to be called out for spewing garbage like this, you’re delusional.
As outrageous as these comments are, it’s even more so that he is doing so with press credentials from the White House. And in light of Trump himself knowingly spewing anti-Semitic slurs at Jewish lawmakers, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to dismiss this as a mere oversight. The White House owes the American people an explanation for this, and now.
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