Loving Israel while hating Jews is the MAGA jam

Anti-semitism in the MAGA cult is getting more and more overt. Up and comers have noted the popularity of Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Jewish Space Laser idiocy and are getting noisier about their own Jews-hatred:

Relatedly, here’s a little story that should chill the blood of every decent person in the US, particularly since the star of the story is the GOP nominee for governor in PA:

Pennsylvania’s Republican nominee for governor Doug Mastriano is under fire after the CEO of a company he used for advertising consulting said that Jews and non-Christians have no place in the conservative movement.

Andrew Torba’s company Gab—an American alt-tech microblogging and social-networking service known for its far-right user base—received $5,000 from Mastriano in April, according to campaign finance records at the Pennsylvania Secretary of State’s office.

report in the Huffington Post claims that new users on the platform automatically get tagged to follow Mastriano.

Anti-Semitic and extremist leanings among users of Gab made headlines after 46-year-old Robert Gregory Bowers posted his aspirations to kill Jews on the site before shooting and killing 11 Jewish worshippers during Saturday-morning services at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018. (The Anti-Defamation League has said that Gab “has a long history as a haven for extremists, conspiracy theorists and misinformation … .”)

As for Torba, he has made headlines of late for his emphasis on Christian Nationalism, which aims to exclude religious and ethnic minorities from U.S. politics. Mastriano, too, has taken on Christian Nationalism in his gubernatorial battle against Jewish Democrat Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s current attorney general.

Mastriano, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and won the Pennsylvania GOP primary in May by a wide margin, also has a history of endorsing far-right conspiracy theories, including QAnon.

After his payment to Gab came to light, Torba defended the candidate and called on Christians to support his campaign.

“Doug has something that Josh Shapiro doesn’t: faith in Jesus Christ. That, my brothers and sisters, can move mountains,” wrote Torba on his site.

Mastriano has not been speaking to the media or publicly weighed in on the controversy. However, on Tuesday, he tweeted out a years-old photo of himself climbing Masada in Israel.

Two things should be noted here.

The first is that Mastriano’s anti-semitism is being given the full thumbs up by the new Anointed One of the GOP Crime Syndicate and Right Wing Lie Machine, Ron DeSantis:

Jewish and Democratic leaders in Florida urged Sunshine State Gov. Ron DeSantis to cancel his appearance Friday in Pittsburgh where he is set to campaign for Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor.

In a video call with reporters Thursday, Rabbi Mark Winer, president of the Florida Democratic Party’s Jewish Caucus, said DeSantis’ alliance with Mastriano in Pennsylvania gives comfort and safe harbor to racists and bigots.

DeSantis has been criticized for extremist politics, and what Winer described as “subtle and intelligent kind of bigotry.” DeSantis came under fire earlier this year for not condemning a neo- Nazi demonstration in central Florida. DeSantis is running for reelection in November.

Mastriano has been identified as a key figure in the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, and was outside the U.S. Capitol during the attempted insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.

He has been called out by Jewish leaders in Pennsylvania for paying the alt-right social network Gab, a haven for hate speech, to engage voters. Gab was the platform the gunman accused of killing 11 people at Pittsburgh’s  Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018 used to post anti-semitic screeds.

“When Ron DeSantis goes to Pennsylvania to campaign for Mastriano, what he’s doing is he’s encouraging all of the bigotry – not he himself expressing it – but by supporting Mastriano and Mastriano is at least one or two steps ahead of Ron DeSantis in his fomenting this bigotry,” Winer said.

Fred Guttenberg, an anti-gun violence activist whose daughter died in the Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018, spoke about meeting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro when he traveled to Pittsburgh to support the Tree of Life community on the anniversary of the shooting there. 

Guttenberg said he and Shapiro share a philosophy of working to heal their communities by reducing hate.

“Hate has no place and it leads to the violence that we continue to see, which really gets to why I am raging at this meeting that is going to take place [Friday] with my Governor DeSantis and Mastriano. Let’s not mince words here, Mastriano is an anti-Semite,” Guttenberg said.

Guttenberg said Mastriano has demonstrated his bigotry through his words and actions, such as his reference to Democratic fundraiser George Soros, who is Jewish, as a “dark and sinister” individual and repeating a debunked claim about Soros working for the Nazis during World War II. Addressing DeSantis, Guttenberg said he has a chance to demonstrate that he does not share Mastriano’s values by canceling the appearance.

Needless to say, DeSantis spat on that request by Jewish representatives and campaigned anyway.

Secondly, note .Mastriano’s Masada bullshit, because thereby hangs a tale, as Matt Lieb helpfully explains:

Nothing has changed since this video was made except for the fact that the Nazi kooks have become more overt in their Jew-hatred and antichrist-worshipping Christian nationalists like Marjorie Taylor Greene have convinced more right wing idiots with a taste for Christian kitsch and a hunger to establish the Reich of Heaven on a regime of law, force, fear, blood, and iron that their hour has come round at last and the Rough Beast is slouching toward Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to be born.

Vote for every Democrat from President to dogcatcher or these people will kill not only our democracy, but a helluva lot of Undesirables when they finally get the police state they pine for.

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