Trump Slaps Anti-Semitic ‘Globalist’ Dog Whistle On Non-Jewish Koch Brothers

    President Trump criticized GOP billionaire donors Koch brothers in a tweet this morning, calling them “globalist,” The Huffington Post reports.

    The term “globalist” has frequently been identified as a right-wing anti-Semitic dog whistle. The New York Times said that, for the “far right,” “globalism has long had distinct xenophobic, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic overtones. It refers to a conspiratorial worldview: a cabal that likes open borders, diversity and weak nation states, and that dislikes white people, Christianity and the traditional culture of their own country.” The Koch brothers are not Jewish.

    Trump’s comments come after leaders of the Koch Network called his White House “divisive,” according to The Huffington Post. Additionally, Charles Koch said that the group may allocate less funding to GOP candidates, and expressed regret over past support.

    The Koch Network did not endorse Trump’s 2016 run.

    Juliana Kaplan is a news intern at The Forward. Email her at kaplan@forward.com or follow her on Twitter, @julianamkaplan

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