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Jennifer Rubin likens Trump to Hitler in ‘blood and soil’ ethno-nationalism that threatens Jews

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Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin went back to her stomping grounds, Temple Israel of Hollywood, on February 21 (video here), and likened Donald Trump to Hitler in having an “ethno-nationalist… blood and soil” definition of America that is especially threatening to Jews, and Muslims and Hispanics too. Throughout her speech, Rubin cut a break for Israel, which is surely an ethno-nationalist society. She said Israel is doing better than the U.S. as a democracy.

Here are some excerpts. Jump to the end for the Hitler.

Trump is an ethno-nationalist, Rubin said, and he attacks the American creed that all are created equal and all can succeed, no matter where you are from or what your skin color or religion is.

This president… has adopted a philosophy that can only be compared to the ethno-nationalists of Europe, something we thought we would never see in this country, sometimes referred to as blood and soil. It matters who you are not as a person but as a matter of identity. That I think is the first big, big problem with Donald Trump. In defining America and governing and campaigning to one segment of the country, to white, primarily Christian, America, he is defining the rest of us out of the country. We are all becoming the other– whether you’re Hispanic, whether you’re immigrant, whether you’re Jewish.

She said that Jews in particular are vulnerable when Trump undermines democratic norms such as the rule of law, respect for the First Amendment, and respect for human equality:

Those should be and always have been especially important to Jews in the Diaspora. It’s what we depend upon. We had a very bad experience with authoritarians and we had a very bad experience with countries that did not hold to a rule of law. It is Jews, just like it’s any other minority group– any other unfavored, non majoritarian group– that requires the rule of law, that requires norms and a pact that puts all Americans regardless of birth on the same playing field. Without that we are subject to the whims of the president just like we are subject to the whims in historical terms of authoritarian leaders and dictators…

Jews should be at the forefront of perceiving the president’s attempt to define everyone outside of his cultlike following, as the other. That whether it’s a Muslim, a Hispanic or a Jew, once he defines someone as outside the body politic, do we think we’ll be far behind? Do we think these will be isolated instances? Of course not.

She said Jews have never had it so good as we do in the U.S.– till Trump.

When I’m asked Is Trump so bad? I say, Of course he’s so bad. He’s undermined the basis for American democracy, and with that the greatest protection, the greatest support, the greatest freedom that the Jewish people in the Diaspora have ever experienced, where they are the safest, the most protected, the most secure. And he’s put that at risk. Because the pillars of that protection, the pillars of our life in the diaspora depend upon the strength of those institutions and the strength of those norms. And without them we are not going to enjoy a position of prosperity, of peace, of security in the United States.

Rubin brought up Israel, a country she always goes to bat for, when she said that Trump even puts the special relationship with Israel at risk–by draining American democracy of meaning.

The relationship that we have with Israel is built on those shared democratic principles and values. Israel has its own troubles maintaining those, but if we throw away those principles, if we treat ourselves as like any other country and we think Israel’s defining characteristics, of democracy, of a free press, of an inclusive society, is without meaning and without  purpose, then what’s the special relationship that we have with Israel? There really isn’t one. It’s just another country, like Hungary or Ecuador or Japan. It has no special meaning to Americans.

Rubin seems to be saying that Israel is maintaining its democratic ideals, and the U.S. is not. So “Israel has its own troubles” — but they’re not that serious. I don’t know where she gets her news feed. And of course she never mentioned Palestinians.

Sounding neoconservative themes, Rubin lamented the lack of an assertive American presence in the Middle East. “The US-Israel relationship is no longer the dominant one” in the region. “It’s the Russian-Iranian-Syrian one that is the dominant force,” and “that is not good for Israel.” She attacked Trump as an isolationist who “disclaims interests in large sections of the world. That mentality is not going to be good for Israel in the long run.”

But she called on the U.S. to stay in the Iran deal (which she had opposed in the event, 2015). To leave it would be “the most destabilizing move” in the Middle East. Huh.

The notion that we should leave an agreement in which Iran is essentially in compliance without our allies, without any game plan, is the most destabilizing move one can think about now in the Middle East.

Finally, here is the Hitler bit. A longtime Republican, Rubin said Trump was causing her to vote Democrat and to urge others to vote Democrat. She was asked why Republicans were going along with Trump, why they are casting aside core issues– limited government, judicial originalism, the Bill of Rights, free markets, anti-communism– so as to become “enablers for this individual.” Her first explanation was from history.

The Germans thought that they could use Hitler as well. We’ll control him. He’ll get us what we want. The other stuff he’s not serious about. Whether it’s tax cuts or whatever their issue of the day is– they were willing to tell themselves and to imagine that they would control or block all of the bad stuff and he would deliver the good stuff. As if the good stuff was good enough to outweigh the bad stuff and as if they’d actually be able to control him once he was in power.

Imagine, if they couldn’t control him during the election, did they really imagine they could control him once he won the presidency?

Rubin’s statements represent the paranoid style in the Jewish understanding of our place in American society. In my view, we are highly included in the power structure of this country, even under Trump; our status is not threatened, witness his extensive social/business connections with Jews. And it’s hypocritical to go on about the threat to us without mentioning the status of Palestinians in Israel and under occupation. It should be noted that Rubin has become a darling of the liberal media under Trump. Of course they forgive her her contempt for Palestinian rights.

 

 

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  1. eljay
    March 20, 2018, 3:10 pm

    … It matters who you are not as a person but as a matter of identity. That I think is the first big, big problem with Donald Trump. In defining America and governing and campaigning to one segment of the country, to white, primarily Christian, America, he is defining the rest of us out of the country. We are all becoming the other …

    In defining Israel as a “Jewish State”, non-Jewish Israelis are defined out of the country.

    … It is Jews, just like it’s any other minority group– any other unfavored, non majoritarian group– that requires the rule of law, that requires norms and a pact that puts all Americans regardless of birth on the same playing field. Without that we are subject to the whims of the president just like we are subject to the whims in historical terms of authoritarian leaders and dictators…

    “Jewish State” again.

    The rest of the article is more of the same. Just how tone-deaf can a Zionist get?!

  2. ckg
    March 20, 2018, 3:21 pm

    Andrew Beaujon recently published a piece in the Washingtonian worth reading: The Left Has a Jennifer Rubin Problem, Too. He gives examples from Dan Rather, Laurence Tribe, Joy Reid, Salon, and Media Matters as evidence of her newfound embrace by liberals.

    • Kathleen
      March 21, 2018, 1:47 pm

      Interesting. I often see Rubin on Hardball. Have never heard her reference Israel. What Phil put up about her take on Israel demonstrates she is blind to the fact that Israel has not been dedicated to democracy early on. Willfully complicit in the charade.

  3. RoHa
    March 21, 2018, 2:17 am

    “In defining America and governing and campaigning to one segment of the country, to white, primarily Christian, America, he is defining the rest of us out of the country. ”

    Is that really what he is doing?

    • Annie Robbins
      March 21, 2018, 2:37 am

      RoHa, it’s weird. he’s definitely “governed” and “campaigned” in support (inclusive of) american right wing jews (the jerusalem declaration obviously, and the efforts by flynn to lobby netanyahu’s wishes (via trump) re the UN vote settlement vote). so how anyone could claim he’s left jews out (too many examples in his administration alone) is beyond me.

      • Eva Smagacz
        March 21, 2018, 4:57 am

        Annie, it is weird, but I have seen this in individuals where unhealthy narcissism is combined neuroticism.
        They combine exaggerated sense of entitlement is inexplicably linked to unfulfillable neediness – for reassurance, for security, for validation.

        It is tolerable in occasional individual we may encounter in life, but if you have to deal with political entity its really tricky. Welcome to Israel Lobby.

      • ckg
        March 21, 2018, 9:24 am

        I recall that Trump declared, “We are stopping all our attacks on Judeo-Christian values.” This was at the Values Voters Summit in October. The use of the phrase “Judeo-Christian” is to explicitly include Jews and Christians but not Muslims, atheists, and others. I think Rubin wishes she were being excluded by Trump, but she is not.

      • Mooser
        March 21, 2018, 11:28 am

        “. I think Rubin wishes she were being excluded by Trump, but she is not.”

        Wants to have her cake and eat her matzoh, too.

    • RoHa
      March 21, 2018, 7:27 pm

      Looking at Trump’s campaign from the outside (with the usual horrified disbelief that non-Americans feel towards US elections) I didn’t see that he was defining anyone out of the country.
      He did seem to be telling Americans that being white and heterosexual was normal and natural and nothing to be ashamed of at all. Even if they were male. He seemed to suggest that such people should not be screwed over by the money shufflers or discriminated against by society. But I didn’t (from this side of the world) get the impression he was excluding any Americans.

      • Mooser
        March 21, 2018, 10:58 pm

        “Looking at Trump’s campaign from the outside… I didn’t see that he was defining anyone out of the country.”

        As an observer of the American scene,”RoHa”, you make de Tocqueville look like the man who forgot his glasses,

      • RoHa
        March 22, 2018, 1:07 am

        I have the advantage of not being French, but the disadvantage of having to look across the Pacific Ocean. That’s rather a long way, so I’m not sure that I see clearly.

      • Mooser
        March 22, 2018, 7:13 pm

        “That’s rather a long way, so I’m not sure that I see clearly.”

        Clear? So clear! You’re like a hawk looking through a Hubble rubbed with Rain-X.

  4. Rob Roy
    March 21, 2018, 5:42 am

    Rubin has the three characteristics on which Gideon Levy expanded in a recent speech: 1) Jews are the “chosen,” i.e., superior to all others. Who is anyone to tell us what to do or that we could ever be wrong? 2) Jews are the eternal victims, and no one ever in all the history of the world had a holocaust to equal theirs, in spite of the fact that that is patently untrue. Russians lost 20 million in the last world war and, as horrifying as the Jewish Holocaust was, the Armenian one was even worse. 3) Palestinians/Arabs/Persians are inhuman, therefore she doesn’t even mention them…they are so inferior as to be ignored in all respects to discussion of Israel. They soon will be exterminated, anyway, so let’s get on with the glory that is Israel. That it’s not a democracy is out of the realm of her world view.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      March 21, 2018, 12:52 pm

      Weird and sad. Another American Jew hoodwinked by Zionist lies and manipulation. I don’t care what she says, her defense of Israel is unconscionable.

      • Kathleen
        March 21, 2018, 1:26 pm

        Bingo

    • broadside
      March 22, 2018, 10:07 am

      “… as horrifying as the Jewish Holocaust was, the Armenian one was even worse…”

      ‘For a fortnight, refugees from the oncoming Turks had been pouring in to the city to swell the already large Greek and Armenian populations. They had thought the Greek army would turn and defend Smyrna. But the Greek army had fled. Now they were caught in a trap. The holocaust began.’

      A Coffin for Dimitrios, Eric Ambler, 1937, an author highly recommended by Graham Greene — as he should, seeing how he grabbed book’s main device for The Third Man.

      First reference to a holocaust?

  5. Misterioso
    March 21, 2018, 10:38 am

    Kudos to American actor Cynthia Nixon!!!!

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180320-american-actor-attacked-for-supporting-bds/

    “American actor attacked for supporting BDS”
    Middle East Monitor, Mar. 20/18

    “A leading pro-Israel activist is attempting to derail an American actor’s bid to become the governor of New York over her support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.

    “Cynthia Nixon, one of the stars of the ‘Sex and the City’ television series and movies, announced on Monday that she is planning to run for governor of New York. Her decision was met with a Twitter outburst by high-profile attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who denounced Nixon as a ‘bigot’ for supporting an artist who refused to perform in the illegal West Bank settlement of Ariel.

    “Dershowitz, who is the author of ‘The Case for Israel’ and one of Israel’s loudest voices in America took aim at Nixon for backing Israeli actors refusing to perform in illegal settlements. Nixon’s name was just one amongst 150 American and Israeli actors, writers, directors and artists to support the 2010 campaign organised by Jewish Voice for Peace, which endorses the BDS movement. Its backing of the boycott of Israel has earned the progressive Jewish organisation a place on Israel’s BDS blacklist.

    “In his tirade, Dershowitz denounced Nixon as a ‘collaborator with Israel haters Jewish Voice for Peace and Vanessa Redgrave in boycotting Israel.’ He encouraged New Yorkers to ‘not support her bigotry.’ In a separate tweet Dershowitz remarked: ‘If you’re anti-Israel, Nixon’s your candidate.’”

    • eljay
      March 21, 2018, 1:00 pm

      || Misterioso: …

      … In a separate tweet Dershowitz remarked: ‘If you’re anti-Israel, Nixon’s your candidate.’”

      ||
      If you believe that the religion-based identity of Jewish grants to those who choose to hold it the “right”:
      – to Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine; and
      – to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them,
      …Dershowitz is your sleazeball lawyer.

      • Misterioso
        March 21, 2018, 2:17 pm

        @eljay

        Yes, Dershowitz is the epitome of a “sleaze ball lawyer.” I especially enjoy watching the video in which Dr. Norman Finkelstein chews him up and spits him out.

        BTW, I wonder what happened re Dershowitz’s run in with the law for allegedly having a “relationship” with an under aged girl?

    • Peter Unterweger
      March 21, 2018, 1:12 pm

      She will definitely get my vote in the primary! Thanks for posting the link.

    • Kathleen
      March 21, 2018, 1:40 pm

      Ah Vanessa Redgrave on the righteous front lines of the I/P issue early on.

      Nixon sounds like she is a committed social justice and human rights activist no matter what issue comes up.

  6. Kathleen
    March 21, 2018, 1:25 pm

    I generally respect Rubin’s reporting. Another Trump is “Hitler” comparison is absurd. On the scale of how many people Trump has been responsible for killing is far below Bush/Cheney’s numbers and also Obama’s (Libya, Syria)

    • Kathleen
      March 21, 2018, 1:38 pm

      Phil Andrew Bacevich has a totally worthwhile read over at “The Nation” having to do with NYT’s reporting or lack there of having to do with U.S. foreign policy…etc

  7. Ossinev
    March 21, 2018, 3:24 pm

    ” We are all becoming the other– whether you’re Hispanic, whether you’re immigrant, whether you’re Jewish”

    Firmly ensconced in the Ziobubble. NB says “Jewish” not Hispanic Jew or Bulgarian Jew or Polish Jews or even Yahweh forbid “American Jew”

    When it comes to defending dearly loved Israel all Jews are the same “race” except when it pleases the audience to insist that you are first and foremost (LOL) a full blooded American defending cherished American liberties.

  8. LHunter
    March 23, 2018, 3:16 pm

    Lets try this again with some edits

    Jews in the US, like Rubin, are accusing tRUMP of fanning the flames of racism which they believe necessarily includes racism against Jews. This may seem remarkable given the overwhelming financial and political support the current (and past) US administration is providing to Israel and therefore all Jews (Israel apparently represents all Jews and I have yet to see a mass movement of Jews fighting against this assertion/association).

    Instead of seeing this as remarkable, I see it as an insincere ploy aimed at trying to co-opt a growing popular movement. Jews claiming to be a part of the marginalized and oppressed minorities in the US is of course utter nonsense. Being an ethnic or religious minority doesn’t automatically get you membership into the marginalized and picked on. American Zionist Jews have the clout and resources needed to do as they please including introducing laws which blatantly violate the US Constitution, getting tax deductions for donations made to charities that fund the building of illegal Israeli settlements and bombing a US naval ship. Most ethnic or religious minorities in the US can only dream about having such clout and yet Zionists like Rubin want us to believe they are yet again victims; victims like the other marginalized minorities in the US.

    No doubt US Zionists are feeling shunned and ostracised at marches/protests, universities, and blogs/online communities. Many are uncomfortable with cozying up to the Richard Spencer’s (white nationalists) of the world but they don’t want to abandon the idea of a Jewish only Israel. To make themselves feel better about supporting racism against the Palestinians, they try and include themselves in humane popular causes – just look at the Zioness’ as a laughable example. Despite being from the right, Rubin is no different here, jumping on the equality bandwagon to appear humane on behalf of the Zionists.

    Sometimes I think it is contrived. Instead of merely distracting themselves from their own obvious hypocrisy – Rubin and other US Zionists are purposefully distracting the masses (deflecting) by supporting equality in the US while keeping quiet about planting their boots on the necks of Palestinians (Phil points out that Rubin altogether ignored even mentioning the Palestinians). Hey look over here not there – look at what US Jews are doing to make America a better place – we are just like you – marginalized, oppressed and interested in humanity/equality – let’s band together for the common good – democrats and republicans.

    If Rubin was sincere and intelligent (I’m convinced most Zionists are just not very intelligent like their white supremacist friends (emotional intelligence is lacking at the very least)), she would realize that fighting for Palestinian rights can only help in supporting and furthering humanity for all – including Jews. Instead she rationalizes, deflects, minces her words, and snakes past the elephant in the room. What can one objectively conclude other than she is an insincere dim wit and shameless racist.

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