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Academic with ties to antisemitic extremism one of Trump’s prominent academic supporters

Dr. Boyd Cathey, a North Carolina archivist, who is an active member of The Institute Of The Historical Review, the world’s leading Holocaust denial organization, is one of the chief organizers of a “Scholars for Trump” list.

The international definition of antisemitism clearly states that “Denying the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust)” is antisemitic.

The list of more than 50 scholars, some from such prestigious American universities as Yale, Duke, and Emory, was created with the aim of boosting Donald Trump’s intellectual profile. The Daily Caller stated that the academics wanted to challenge the idea that Trump supporters were “limited to the badly educated and the ill-informed’.

A comment from the signed statement revealed that “those who have attached their signatories are accredited scholars, mostly with PHDs, who are endorsing Trump as a credible candidate for the presidency and as the only barrier now standing between us and Heaven [forbid] the election of Hillary Clinton”.

In an article in the Daily Caller, Cathey, along with his associates, Dr. Paul Gottfried and   Dr. Walter Block, explained that “we are fully aware that signing this statement will not bring the signatory the same professional rewards as speaking at a conference on why Trump is a ‘fascist’ or on why he reminds one of the late German Fuhrer”.

An article in the Forward states that Cathey is aware of his dark reputation. Cathey explained that “dealing with Wagner, Judaism, and Germany, whether reasonable or not, would probably get me exiled even deeper into the realms of the prejudiced unwashed”.

The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Cathey as having had a long and troubling relationship with extremists and extremism, with links to not only to Holocaust denial, but also the neo-Confederate Movement (post American Civil War) and ‘radical traditionalist Catholicism’. He has ties to Catholic groups who were excised from the Catholic Church for having rejected attempts to reconcile and normalise relations with Judaism.

Cathey is also a supporter of the controversial retired California State University, Long Beach, psychology professor, Kevin MacDonald. MacDonald, an American who’s a member of the White Nationalist Party, believes that Jews, because of their genetic make-up, have an innate drive to bring down Western society.

A spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not respond to questions from the press about the Cathey’s scholars list.