Anti-Trumpests need to calm down, take deep breaths. And stop scraping the bottom of the barrel for faux outrage.
Yes, anti-Semitic hate sites use the term “shekels” in a derogatory manner.
But “shekels” is also NYC slang for “money.” Surely Eric, a New Yorker, must have picked up the term.
Furthermore, President Trump is the most pro-Jewish, most pro-Israel POTUS in U.S. history.
And, last time I checked, Bob Woodward is *not* Jewish, so this latest attack on Eric Trump is just another lame excuse to slam the Trump family.
Progressive strategist Igor Volsky and former Trump campaign data strategist Matt Braynard clashed Thursday over charges of anti-Semitism surrounding Eric Trump, who said Watergate journalist Bob Woodward made “three extra shekels” with his book attacking the administration.
“It’s an ancient biblical term, ‘shekel,'” Braynard, who’s executive director of Look Ahead America, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”
“It does not belong to Israel, and it predates that state,” Braynard said, adding that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are Jewish. “His father is by far the most pro-Jew, pro-Israel president in history, and Woodward isn’t a Jew.”
“As someone who had to flee anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, who experienced anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, who still experiences ant-Semitism every time I do certain TV networks, I know what anti-Semitism sounds like, and this is what it sounds like,” Volsky, executive director of Guns Down America, said.
The term “shekels” has been widely used by white nationalists to describe money they say has been tainted by Jewish influence.
“Is that the level of anti-Semitism that caused you to leave the Soviet Union? A reference to shekels?” Braynard asked Volsky.
“You know, you’re right. He is less anti-Semitic than the people I faced in the Soviet Union. Thank God,” Volsky responded….
“The intent of this terminology is by no means anti-Semitic,” Braynard said, noting that Eric Trump “grew up in New York, where there’s a rich Hebrew culture.
“To throw that term out in New York is not an anti-Semitic thing, it’s just a local vernacular thing,” he added. “This is really disgusting, so you try to paint this man as being anti-Semitic.”