There’s nothing quite like getting trolled by alt-right Twitter to make you an amateur expert in this coherent new ideology. But what’s struck me — both in tweets at me and in ones I’ve just seen floating around — is that there isn’t quite the unanimity of anti-Semitism one would expect. That is, there’s this sort of muck where Jew-hatred coexists with (something passing itself off as) pro-Israel advocacy, and in one memorable case, with a sort of aesthetic fixation on the beauty of Israeli women. (A stock image of a beautiful, ostensibly Israeli woman was this one bizarre account’s avatar.)
At Buzzfeed, Anne Helen Petersen reports on female Trump supporters she’s met while covering the elections. These voters are, Petersen explains, white, suburban, and wealthier than the Trump supporters usually seen in news coverage. (These women “likely shop at Whole Foods, and go to Pilates, and maybe even admire Michelle Obama.”) And their gateway drug to the Donald is guess who:
Samantha Bee offers up the not-implausible possibility that Donald Trump can’t read.
Saw this on the subway platform last night. I know it’s just hastily drawn graffiti on a drawing, but it bothered me… pic.twitter.com/CxrxgWdXpy— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 1, 2016
How important is Judith Rodin? Ask one of the 20,000 New York public school students who got to see the Broadway hit “Hamilton” because of her and they might say she is life-changing.