Ted Cruz has caught flack before for using Jewish people as political props, and in a rare moment of concordance, it now appears that both CNN and Fox News correspondents have woken up to that fact, as well.
New York values
Few places in the country are as heavily populated by Jewish people as New York City, and much of that has to do with the immigration from Germany in the late 1800s. That immigration anchored the American popular conception of Judaism as strictly Ashkenazim, but it also gave ammunition to conspiracy theories regarding Jewish people.
For instance, New York City is a center for world finance. So much so that Wall Street is a metonym for world finance. Jews are, often incorrectly, associated with world finance and banking. That New York is a city largely influenced by Judaism has probably not helped.
So it was, then, that when Ted Cruz stood up and decried “New York values,” many — on both sides of the aisle — saw his remarks as an attack on Jewish people.
Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera, sitting across from Bill O’Reilly, was the first to level such accusations, saying that the “New York values” remark was a slight against Jewish people and that it’d cost Cruz in the New York primary:
Aside from the stinking anti-Semitic implications that I see in that whole ‘New York values’ money- and media-coated message that he put out there pandering to those Iowa voters, he also voted against Hurricane Sandy relief. He also voted against compensation for 9/11 victims. This is a man whose interests are absolutely antithetical to New York.
Now, in absolute fairness to Ted Cruz, his interests are more than antithetical to New York. They’re antithetical to humanity. Cruz is a walking extinction risk for the United States; he’s the sociopolitical equivalent of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.
Not that Trump is any better, but Cruz is dangerous in large part because he honestly believes what he says. Trump, meanwhile, is cynical as hell and says what he thinks will get him elected.
O’Reilly did rush in to defend Ted Cruz, saying that he didn’t see Cruz’s comments as anti-Semitic.
“If he says ‘New York values’ to a bunch of Evangelicals, it’s not anti-Semitic,” O’Reilly said, adding that Cruz was talking about liberal New York Democrats.
Rivera wasn’t swayed, saying, “He could have very easily said that. There’s a million ways he could have said that that he did not.”
CNN analyst Jeffery Toobin also agreed, telling host Wolf Blitzer on Thursday:
He said New York values are about money and they’re about the media. That’s an anti-Semitic trope from a hundred years. It’s been around for a very long time. Money and media is Jews. I mean this is just an old-fashioned, anti-Semitic stereotype, derogatory term and everybody understands it.
Blitzer, like O’Reilly, argued that it Cruz was referring to liberals. Cruz, likewise, attempted to defend his remarks on Thursday, tying “New York values” to liberals like New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Cuomo.
It’s hard to imagine many people are buying this. Cruz and the religious right are raging anti-Semites; whether they’re couching their rhetoric in their usual feigned compassion or not, the entire ideology of the religious right is based on anti-Semitism.
Cruz is an End Times Christian, and End Times Christianity is tied into all sorts of bizarre, unhinged, and utterly insane John Birch-style conspiracy theories. Theories regarding one world currencies often involve banks, and well, what group is heavily associated with banking again? Furthermore, Cruz isn’t just any End Times Christian — his batshit father proclaimed him the “anointed king” to “bring about the end times transfer of wealth” from the “wicked” to the righteous gentile.
One can only wonder who the “wicked” are, since the righteous clearly are not Jews.
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