During White House Nazi Stephen Miller’s hilariously unhinged tantrum when he was talking about Donald Trump’s racist-as-hell immigration policy that would essentially tell people from non-English speaking countries to f*ck off, one thing got lost in the mix: he spewed anti-Semitic hate speech in the middle of the Wednesday press conference.
It was easy to miss because everyone was doing their best at that moment to keep from laughing at him too hard. But it happened, and largely slipped by unnoticed.
“This whole notion of they have to learn English before they get to the United States, are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?” CNN’s Jim Acosta asked, leading to Miller feigning shock that Acosta would point out that the intended goal was exactly what it was — to keep people the Trump administration thinks are too brown from entering the country:
I have to say, I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree that in your mind — this is an amazing moment. That you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English is so insulting to millions of hardworking immigrants who do speak English from all over the world. Have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country who speaks English outside of Great Britain and Australia?”
“It sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country,” Acosta shot back.
Now, let’s back up a second to that whole “cosmopolitan” thing.
This term was very well-known to people who lived in Russia and Germany during World War II — as a pejorative term for Jews.
Stalin regularly referenced “rootless cosmopolitans” during his anti-Semitic purges. But just like Trump, he had to use labels to hide his true intentions. When Trump explains to his followers that he wants to keep brown people from crossing our southern border, for instance, he doesn’t pull terms like “wetbacks” out of his pocket. He says he wants to protect Americans from “drug dealers” and “rapists.” He doesn’t outright say (well, not since the campaign anyway) he wants to keep dirty filthy Muslims from entering the United States. He says he’s fighting “terrorism.” When Stalin talked about Jews, he spoke of “rootless cosmopolitans.” Via the Washington Times:
During that 20-month entente cordiale, writes Mr. Lustiger, the Soviet media substituted the phrase “reactionary racism” for the word “fascism” which could no longer be mentioned let alone be criticized. It was ten days after the German invasion, July 2, 1941, before Stalin permitted public criticism of Germany. And equally forgotten was Stalin’s purge of the Red Army during which 40,000 officers were executed, among them 169 Jewish generals.
As for the JAFC, on Nov. 20, 1948, it was officially dissolved. By Jan. 28, 1949, some 100 committee members were in jail as “rootless cosmopolitans,” a euphemism Stalin adopted, says Mr. Lustiger, “so as not to put the party’s reputation with the international left at risk.” And yet at the same time Stalin was supporting Israel in the United Nations including official recognition of the Zionist state. A few months later Stalin was inveighing against “Zionism” as an outpost of American imperialism and the JAFC members became part of a Zionist-U.S. conspiracy against the Soviet Union.
Stalin’s first JAFC victim was Solomon Mikhoels whom he ordered shot and then run over by a truck to make it appear he died in an accident. Svetlana is authority for this revelation since she says she heard her father in January 1948 telephone the order to liquidate the actor. There followed a great State funeral and a lavish obituary in Pravda mourning the great loss.
His next victims were some 110 JAFC members, all accused of espionage, nationalist propaganda, and of seeking to establish a Jewish republic in the Crimea as a “bridgehead” for American imperialism.
Adolf Hitler similarly used the term “cosmopolitan” both for Jews and liberals.
The Trump administration has learned a lot from Stalin and Hitler and is applying those lessons well.
We as Americans need to see through this, stand up, and demand that Republicans end this experiment in authoritarianism before it’s too late.
Watch Miller’s outburst below:
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