alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.

CNN's Jake Tapper tears into Trump and Pence hypocrisy on anti-Semitism — but he leaves out a crucial fact

CNN's Jake Tapper tears into Trump and Pence hypocrisy on anti-Semitism — but he leaves out a crucial fact

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are doing their best to make an issue out of Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's tweet that many argued had anti-Semitic connotations — for which she has since apologized — while completely ignoring Trump and the GOP's own obvious forays into anti-Semitic rhetoric.


In a segment on the controversy Wednesday, CNN's Jake Tapper mocked Trump and Pence's supposed outrage with a bit in which the host ostensibly asked the control room to play a clip of Omar's comments, but the producers "accidentally" kept playing clips of the president and his allies' anti-Semitic comments instead. These include Trump's remarks to a Jewish group telling them that they love to use their money to control politicians, his praise for Neo-Nazi marchers, and his tweeting of a picture of Hillary Clinton next to a Star of David and piles of cash.

The clip makes an excellent point about the Republicans' complete hypocrisy with regard to anti-Semitism.

Unfortunately, it leaves out mention of Trump's blatant Islamophobia, which is particularly relevant because Omar is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And while Trump has engaged in despicable levels of anti-Semitism, his Islamophobia is more blatant and frequent — from his pledge to end all Muslim immigration to the United States to his sharing of anti-Muslim disinformation on Twitter. Indeed, stoking hatred and fear of Muslims was practically a central pillar of his campaign and has played a key role in his presidency.

But the Omar incident has shown that while being anti-Semitism is rightly seen by many in American media and government as being beyond the pale, there's much more tolerance for anti-Muslim bigotry.

Watch the clip below:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close