Breitbart Writer David Horowitz Doubles Down on Bill Kristol ‘Renegade Jew’ Remark

A Breitbart contributor stood by his use of the term “renegade Jew” in an attack on Brill Kristol for his opposition to Donald Trump, after Jewish groups and political commentators slammed the use of the term as anti-Semitic.

David Horowitz said the remark referred to Kristol splitting the Republican party and betraying Jewish interests in his push for a conservative third-party alternative to Trump.

“Splitting the Republican vote and electing Hillary is a betrayal of the Jews in an hour in which their backs are to the wall. Hence the designation renegade for those who are planning a third-party run, and for which I make no apologies,” Horowitz wrote on Breitbart Monday.

Horowitz’s initial article created a firestorm on social media Sunday evening, quickly amassing over 15,000 tweets, with some users calling the term anti-Semitic, and others finding humorous alternate uses for it.

Slate columnist Michelle Goldberg wrote Monday that the original article, taken together with Trump’s history of white supremacist supporters, “suggests that the Jew baiting popular on pro-Trump social media feeds is creeping toward the mainstream.”

The American Jewish Committee criticized the article as anti-Semitic, while the Anti-Defamation League said Horowitz had been wrong to bring religion into a political discussion.

Others, such as Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, expressed their distaste for the term by mocking it.

Some jokingly wrote that it sounded like a superhero name, called it “a great name for a Hasidic metal band,” and pointed out that prominent historical Jews (including Baruch Spinoza and Jesus) had been called similar nicknames.

Jewish Republican consultant Frank Luntz dug up this song by a ’90s Crown Heights rapper.

Some remarked that the nickname might have been applied to the world’s most famous Jew.

Or Spinoza.

In fact a book about the Jewish apikoros philosopher published in 2009 actually refers to him as a “renegade Jew.”

Some thought the name would be perfect for a Jewish metal or punk band.

Contact Josefin Dolsten at dolsten@forward.com or on Twitter, @JosefinDolsten

Author

Josefin Dolsten

Josefin Dolsten is a news fellow at the Forward. She writes about politics and culture, and edits the Sisterhood blog. She received an MA in Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Government from Cornell University. Contact her at dolsten@forward.com and follow her on Twitter at @josefindolsten.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Breitbart Writer David Horowitz Doubles Down on Bill Kristol ‘Renegade Jew’ Remark

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close