Footage has been released of a Trump supporter spewing antisemitic canards under the guise of criticising “Zionism”.
In an interview he states that he hopes Trump will stop two things: immigration and “Zionism”.
He describes Zionism as the “biggest problem in America today and around the globe”. He describes it as “A few people controlling pretty much everything…all the money, all the business…brainwashing all the people from the education system…it’s controlled by a few people at the top”.
When challenged on what he means by “Zionism” he says “it’s not just a religion, it’s a political ideology”.
He also says that Zionists are “a few people at the top from a particular religious group”.
Though he denies he is talking about Judaism or Jews, his comments employ a vast number of ideas which we would consider antisemitic, many of which come straight from antisemitic conspiracy theories. The International Definition of Antisemitism explicitly states that it is antisemitic to use “the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g. claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterise Israel or Israelis”