ADL Triggered By Trump’s Use of Controversial “America First” Slogan
By Hunter Wallace
Even though Trump’s foreign policy speech was aggressively pro-Israel and anti-Iran, the principle of “America First” was a bridge too far for the ADL:
“New York, NY, April 28, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged presidential candidate Donald Trump to reconsider his use of the phrase “America First” as a slogan describing his approach to foreign affairs, citing its anti-Semitic use in the months before Pearl Harbor by a group of prominent Americans seeking to keep the nation out of World War II.
The most noteworthy leader of the “America First Committee” was Charles Lindbergh, who sympathized with the Nazis and whose rhetoric was characterized by anti-Semitism and offensive stereotypes, including assertions that Jews posed a threat to the U.S. because of their influence in motion pictures, radio, the press, and the government.
“The undercurrents of anti-Semitism and bigotry that characterized the America First movement – including the assumption that Jews who opposed the movement had their own agenda and were not acting in America’s best interest – is fortunately not a major concern today,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. …”
CNN is running a story about how “America First” has ugly echoes from U.S. history.
The ADL has been at war with Trump for a few months now. It doesn’t seem to be having any impact on his campaign. Tellingly, he hasn’t apologized or groveled before either the SPLC, ADL, or their Mainstream Media allies. Their power and influence seems to be diminishing far more rapidly than most of us expected.
Yesterday, the SPLC ran a hit piece on Breitbart.com. A few years ago, heads might have rolled and we would have expected other mainstream conservative websites to join the digital lynch mob in a frenzy of virtue signaling. That’s not happening anymore thanks to the Trump effect. Now that the #TruCons are losing their heads at outlets like National Review, the Left is losing the ability to police the Right.
Note: It used to be enough to scream racist, invoke David Duke, and point and sputter. Evidently, that doesn’t even work in Rhode Island anymore.