Congressional Anti-Semitism: Unmasking the ‘Dog Whistles’

How Republicans Echo Antisemitic Tropes Despite Declaring Support for Israel

Republicans, Antisemitic Tropes, and Support for Israel: A Complex Paradox

In a recent examination conducted by The Times, it has been brought to light that there seems to be a paradoxical scenario unfolding within the Republican party. Despite openly declaring support for Israel, certain members of the party have been found echoing antisemitic tropes.

For example, when questioned about her understanding of the implications of invoking the name of Mr. Soros – a name considered anti-Jewish in certain contexts – Ms. Van Duyne took to social media platform X to respond. She accused Soros of funding antisemitism on college campuses and supporting the violent Black Lives Matter movement, among other things.

The Role of Conservative Gatherings

Furthermore, these sentiments were not isolated to Ms. Van Duyne. At the Conservative Political Action Conference, a prominent gathering of influential conservative activists and politicians, attendees were greeted with a statement that seemed to be an outright rejection of globalism: “Welcome to CPAC 2024, where globalism goes to die.”

The Times Investigation: Antisemitic Tropes in Politics

The Times conducted a thorough investigation using various methodologies to gauge the extent of federal politicians propagating antisemitic tropes. This involved scrutinizing press releases, newsletters, and posts on social media platforms of every individual who has served in Congress over the past decade.

Specifically, the investigation focused on the use of words like “Soros,” “globalist,” and “globalism” — terms widely accepted as antisemitic “dog whistles”. Each message was meticulously analyzed to determine if it echoed conspiracy theories about Jews. The same process was applied to about five years of campaign emails from former President Donald J. Trump.

Additional Dimensions of the Investigation

Moreover, The Times also looked at congressional press releases, newsletters, and posts on X for words and phrases that might have antisemitic implications when discussed along with Israel. These included phrases like “from the river to the sea,” and variants of “colonial,” “Nazi” and “lobby.”

Retweets or approving quotes of other messages were included in the analysis. Each repeated message with the same or similar language was tallied separately. In addition, computer analysis techniques were used to sift through large amounts of text from extremist websites and podcasts to observe how they discussed Mr. Soros and globalists.

As the global political landscape continues to evolve, it becomes increasingly critical to hold our politicians accountable for their rhetoric and actions. This investigation by The Times serves as a reminder of the imperative to continually examine the messages propagated by those in power, and the potential impact these messages can have on our society.