President Donald Trump recently perverted Ilhan Omar’s words as a means to stoke his Islamophobic, white supremacist base.
In concert, Elan Carr, the Trump administration’s newly appointed Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating “Anti-Semitism”, revealed his true agenda, which is to target non-violent organized resistance to Israeli apartheid and genocide of the Palestinian people; e.g. the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
“An individual has a right to buy or not buy what they please. However, if there is an organized movement to economically strangle the state of Israel, that is anti-Semitic… We are going to focus relentlessly on eradicating this false distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.”
Here, Carr is following Zionist propaganda talking points by dishonestly conflating legitimate grassroots protest against oppressive Israeli policies, war crimes and crimes against humanity with anti-Semitism.
The President’s tweet and Carr’s statement are the direct and logical outcomes of the relentless smear campaign targeting Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar. The dynamic may serve as a window into the escalating rightward spiral in American politics, with lessons for other locales, and has included the following steps:
1. A deceptive liberal Zionist campaign