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Dinesh D'Souza

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One way to be effective as a conservative is to figure out what annoys and disturbs liberals the most, and then keep doing it.
—D'Souza, staking out his future political career[1]
There are some things that remain true, even if Dinesh D'Souza says them.
—Todd Gitlin

Dinesh D'Souza (born 1961) is a domestically violent mall ninja (see below), a convicted felon and — drumroll please — a Christian apologist. On the latter topic, D'Souza is both a prolific author and public speaker, and has gotten clobbered on issues of faith and religion in various debates with notable atheists, including Christopher Hitchens,[2] Daniel Dennett,[3] and Michael Shermer.[4]

He produced a documentary about Barack Obama, alleging that Obama is primarily motivated by "anti-colonialist" fervor… which, ironically, is something you would expect every president to have (not to mention D'Souza himself, having been born and raised in the ex-colony of India). Bringing D'Souza to prominence is perhaps one of William F. Buckley's mistakes he might want to take back. He also directed and wrote another waste of everyone's time entitled Death of a Nation.[5].

D'Souza was the president of King's College, an accredited Christian college located in the Empire State Building, but resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair.[6]

Beginnings[edit]

The Dartmouth Review spun out of the Collegiate NetworkWikipedia's W.svg, a string of right-wing campus newsletters financed by the Olin Foundation.[7] The Review infamously published an editorial proclaiming, "Now we be common' to Dartmut' and be up over our 'fros in studies, but we still not be graduating Phi Beta Kappa".[8] The paper hosted a feast of lobster and champagne to mock a student fast against global hunger, sledgehammered a shantytown erected to protest Apartheid, and published a transcript of a secretly-taped meeting of Dartmouth's gay student association.[9][10] The Review became an incubator for right wing media figures such D'Souza and radio host Laura Ingraham. Its counterpart at Vassar, meanwhile, gave Marc Thiessen his start in journalism. Thiessen, a columnist at the Washington Post, is best known for his defense of the Bush Administration's use of torture.[11]

Martial Arts Background[edit]

According to his ex-wife, D’Souza has a purple belt in karate, and once used his skill to kick her in her head. [12]

Criminal mastermind[edit]

Mugging for the camera

In January 2014, D'Souza was indicted by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney for laundering campaign contributions for a Republican Senate candidate.[13]

In May 2014, he pleaded guilty to avoid a more serious charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.[14] This made D'Souza perhaps the only person in America stupid enough to actually violate campaign finance law, which has dozens of ways to legally bribe politicians with limitless amounts of campaign donations.

On September 23, 2014, he was sentenced to 5 years of probation. During the sentencing hearing, a letter from his ex-wife was read in which she stated:[15]

It is my former husband who has an abusive nature. In one instance, it was my husband who physically abused me in April 2012 when he, using his purple belt karate skills,[note 1] kicked me in the head and shoulder, knocking me to the ground and creating injuries that pain me to this day.

For his support of Trump and hatred for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton,[16] D'Souza was given a complete pardon by Trump in May 2018, but it was mainly a signal by Trump to his allies (particularly Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen) that he will pardon them if they stay loyal to him.[17]

Public Positions[edit]

Social Issues[edit]

D'Souza is a staunch neoconservative, and began his public career while still at Dartmouth College, writing for conservative publications like the Dartmouth Review, which became notorious for its racist and homophobic content under D'Souza's editorship, and The Prospect.[18] In this period, he criticized Dartmouth's policy of Affirmative Action and used the publication to attack gay rights and gay students.

In one issue of the Dartmouth Review, D'Souza published an interview with a Ku Klux Klan leader. However, far from being controversy-seeking and "edgy" journalism (contrast with John Safran interviewing KKK leaders), the piece was accompanied by a photo of a lynched black man, and the rest of the publication became well-known for its mocking tone of "black speak."

The Review also frequently "outed" gay students against their wishes. His far-right slant on many subjects led others to nickname him "Distort D'Newsa."[19] He then went to work for the Policy Review.

Politics[edit]

D'Souza served as a White House political adviser during the Saint Reagan years. He has been known to support United Nations mediation in war-torn parts of the world. In his book What's So Great About America, he defends the United States against criticism it has received for its overbearing role in geopolitics, and the conservative method of government, while attacking liberalism.

D'Souza has pushed GOP batshittery like Birtherism, and appears regularly on Fox News. During the Republican nomination in 2012, two contenders — Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee — used points raised in his book The Roots Of Obama's Rage to portray Obama as alien without having to engage in obvious Birtherism.[20][21] Other Republican leaders have also indirectly used this talking point to attack the character of the President, blissfully unaware of the irony of politicians from a country that owes its very independence to anti-colonialism accusing its president of adhering to anti-colonialism. This also applies to D'Souza himself, since he was born in India, with its own struggle against British colonial rule.

Homophobia[edit]

As editor of the Dartmouth Review, D'Souza outed the officers of the Gay Straight Alliance and published stolen confidential files. He claimed he just wanted to make sure they weren't using university funding for "gay parties, gay orgies, or whatever."[22] Yeah, brah. He has repeatedly gone on homophobic rants online and in public.[23] His attempt to recast the movement for gay rights from a personal and humanitarian one to a political one has not gone down well even with conservatives, who see it as something that is mandated by the will of God, not the will of the people.

Racism (Or, "I am brown. I used to have many black friends")[edit]

Dese boys be sayin' that we be comin' here to Dartmut an' not takin' the classics. You know, Homa, Shakesphere; but I hea' dey all be co'd in da ground, six feet unda, and whatchu be askin' us to learn from dem?
—From The Dartmouth Review under D'Souza. Ahem.

D'Souza is completely out of touch with the discrimination that minorities face in the United States. In his controversial 1995 book The End of Racism, he argued that "Racism, which once used to be systematic, had now become episodic," and that "...it no longer controlled the lives of blacks and other minorities." He explains away the prejudice against Blacks and Latinos as being caused by cultural factors, not racial victimization.[24] The End of Racism, indeed.

In the book, D'Souza, also among other things, argues that the parts of the Civil Rights Act pertaining to private companies should be repealed. D'Souza holds a fellowship at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a think tank which published the book. This caused two of AEI's black fellows to resign their positions.[25][26]

He has also tweeted a hashtag showing his support for the return of slavery to America[27]. This is especially ironic as he was tweeting about a movie that claims Republicans aren't racist because of Lincoln.

Barack Obama[edit]

At one point, D'Souza was supportive of Obama, saying that Obama "...makes his claims on the merits, and he appeals to shared American ideals," while contrasting him with people like the evil Jesse Jackson. This was while trying desperately to justify his twisted views on racism, as he used the fact that a black man had been elected president to assert that racism was dead.[24]

D'Souza then hopped on the "Obama is un-American" bandwagon. Obama's hatred towards the country he leads is indicated by his failure to spend the first 17 years of his life there (Hawaii doesn't count). This is in stark contrast to D'Souza's first 17 years, spent in America's heartland of Mumbai, India.

His main claim is that Obama is an anti-colonialist who wants to suck America dry and distribute the spoils among Third World nations.[28] His argument is as follows: Obama's father was an anti-colonialist, and one of Obama's books is titled Dreams From My Father, so he must be carrying on his old man's alleged agenda and wishing for the swift demise of America's empire.[29] His evidence for this unorthodox theory consists of a few choice quotes from both Obamas and already-debunked myths, such as an alleged support of Brazilian offshore drilling with US taxpayer money.[30] Why Obama would take his father's understandable opposition to British rule over his country and turn it into an anti-American doctrine remains a mystery.[31] Not to mention that the US itself has had some issues with British colonialism, as did D'Souza's native India. He also repeats the debunked myth that Obama’s removal of the Winston Churchill bust is symbolic of his anti-colonialism, when in reality every incoming President replaces their predecessors’ art collection with their own (the bust was just one of many items Obama replaced). [32]

In yet another case of a broken record spinning completely out of control, D'Souza insisted on making a movie about this (non-)issue entitled 2016: Obama's America. Predictably, the biggest critical booster of the film is WND.[33] More recently, he claimed that Obama was sympathetic to Muslim jihadis and other terrorists because his mother "wanted to marry a Third World anti-American guy," among other things.[34] D'Souza's production of pseudo-psychological crap on this subject is unequaled. Furthermore, the pretzel logic he displays on the subject is starting to resemble a mobius strip; he's apparently convinced that Obama's support for equal rights for gays is somehow tied to his anti-colonialist views because - wait for it - he identifies "traditional Christianity" with colonialism.[35]

Debating tactics[edit]

  1. D'Souza has an aggressive and rhetorical speaking and debating style, which makes him sound forceful and convincing. He uses the Gish Gallop frequently and effectively, rebuffing his opponent for not addressing every point he makes.
  2. He frequently employs caricatures and strawmen of atheist positions. He presents these positions so as to make them sound whimsical or silly, while presenting his own statements with an air of utmost gravity, no matter how lunatic or far-fetched they may be.
  3. Every time Dinesh attempts to speak for, quote, or misquote his opponent, he adopts a buffoonish, mocking tone. It is a very unsubtle ad hominem attack fused into his prose.
  4. He is a big fan of quote mining. Not content with simply taking his opponent's statements out of context, he will take a quote about a topic completely unrelated to the one under discussion and re-frame it to make it sound as if his opponent is uninformed or delusional.
  5. A main weapon in his debating arsenal is the emotional appeal, where he paints his opponent's position as false because some of its implications may be distasteful to certain members of the audience.
  6. He enjoys painting his opponents as vicious critics of innocuous policies and events, and himself as a paragon of intellectual virtue. While not going as far as character assassination (at least not in a face-to-face debate), he does subtly attack the character of his opponent.
  7. He often says that an assertion by his opponent, or even the opponent's entire position, is invalid because it is not intuitively or obviously true. He paints this as a "common sense" argument, where he calls upon the audience to evaluate an assertion using their own intuition. In reality, this is a denial of the obvious fact that many things are counterintuitive and require expertise beyond the experience of the average person (but don't take our word for it; ask your neighbor about quantum mechanics or the economics of sub-Saharan Africa). This is a particularly effective tactic, as it shifts audience opinion to his side.
  8. Thanks to his wide repertoire of tactics, he rarely is forced to allow a point by his opponent to pass unchallenged. This projects the illusion of competence, whereas most of his rebuttals are intellectually dishonest and completely invalid.
  9. When all else fails, he will spout outright lies and half truths, pulling facts and statistics out of thin air to give his argument some credibility. This amounts to an argument from authority, which he seems to derive from his public "reputation" as a political commentator, academic and writer.
  10. Lately, he appears to carry around a sizable library of books to debates, frequently flashing them at his opponent and at the audience, while stating that they completely prove his own, or disprove his opponent's, points. These are usually self-published works by fringe lunatics (which are not worth the paper they're printed on). This is argument from authority on steroids, since no one except him has read the book. Therefore, his opponent cannot call him out on it, and is forced to let the point go without comment.

More hypocrisy[edit]

In true fashion of other vocal religious neoconservatives, it was revealed in October 2012 that D'Souza was having a sexual relationship with a woman other than his wife.[36] A few days after the news hit the media and internet, D'Souza resigned from his position as president of The King's College.[37] In his defense, he claimed that he was divorced (though having previously stated his belief in marriage as an eternal covenant), when in fact he was simply separated from his current wife and divorce proceedings had begun but not yet been finalized—which still technically makes him an adulterer, though a comment on one blog suggested that he was also being polygamous by getting engaged to one woman while married to another.[38] Not to worry, though; D'Souza's squeeze on the side apparently thinks that women's suffrage is a really bad thing (and gives a truly goofy shout-out to Rick Santorum on the subject to boot), meaning that he's got a ticket in the wingnut sweepstakes as well.[39]

Publications[edit]

  • 1984: Falwell, Before the Millennium: A Critical Biography
  • 1986: The Catholic Classics
  • 1987: My Dear Alex: Letters From The KGB
  • 1991: Illiberal Education
  • 1995: The End of Racism
  • 1997: Ronald Reagan: How An Awful Hollywood Actor Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader
  • 2000: The Virtue of Prosperity
  • 2002: What's So Great About America
  • 2002: Letters to a Young Conservative
  • 2007: The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11[40] (ISBN 0-385-51012-8)
  • 2007: What's So Great About Christianity
  • 2009: Life After Death: The Evidence
  • 2010: The Roots of Obama's Rage
  • 2012: Godforsaken: Bad Things Happen. Is There a God Who Cares? YES. Here's Proof
  • 2012: Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream
  • 2014: America: Imagine a World without Her
  • 2015: What's So Great About America
  • 2015: Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party
  • 2017: The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left

"Documentaries"[edit]

D'Souza is also the producer of a number of very bad films. The general tone of such is, "Conservatives have never done anything wrong in history. Even people who called themselves conservatives and were Republicans who did bad things were actually liberals. Give me $10 million to make a movie, I am very smart." One is released every 2 years, to try and influence the congressional and/or presidential elections that autumn.[41] With mixed success.

2016: Obama's America (2012)[edit]

See the main article on this topic: 2016: Obama's America

America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014)[edit]

This film initially pretends to be a counterfactual history of what the world would be like if George Washington was assassinated by a British sniper and the United States of America remained a vassal of King George. However, it soon degenerates into an attack on revisionist histories of the US and (for some reason) actor Matt Damon.[42] But D'Souza shows some honesty by alluding to his arrest for campaign finance irregularities, even if he makes it sound like a conspiracy.[43]

It received 8% on Rotten Tomatoes from 24 reviews.[44] Variety praised the production values and noted the commercial possibilities.[42] David Ehrlich for the AV Club gave it the lowest possible grade, F, calling it "a film comprised entirely of straw man arguments".[43]

Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016)[edit]

4% on Rotten Tomatoes![45][46] This films starts with the fact that once upon a time the Republican Party were the good guys who eliminated slavery, and the Democratic Party were the hegemons of the racist South, the erstwhile Confederate States of America. Most people know that this ended in the late 60s or early 70s after Lyndon Johnson's civil rights reforms and Richard Nixon's Southern strategy, but D'Sousa pretends not to understand that organisations (like people) can change. So the film offers a run-down of racist behavior by past Democrat politicians, taking in things like the American Civil War, Woodrow Wilson's fondness for The Birth of a Nation, and Margaret Sanger once addressing a Ku Klux Klan women's group.[47]

After skipping over all the times when Democrats actually helped blacks and other minorities (D'Souza's not heard of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the New Deal, or the entire last 50 years of American history[48]), he moves on to the present day to conclude his thesis: it is Democrats who are racists, once and now and forever, and Republicans are true friends of ethnic minorities, not Hillary Clinton (then making a bid for the Presidency). To do this he ignores how in America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014), he had already proved that America is in no way racist. Although he seems quite gleeful when it comes to depicting the racial violence of slavery[49], so maybe there's a little bit of racism still around? So as the title suggests, the second half of the disjointed film is an attack on Hillary Clinton, regurgitating all your favourite 90s talk radio talking points about Whitewater and the rest.[47] It also devotes a lot of time to attacking community organiser Saul Alinsky on account of his influence on Hillary; he apparently scammed cheap food when he was a student.[50]

But the film isn't all D'Sousa having his mind blown. It recreates the great historical moment when he was thrown in prison for breaking campaign finance laws, and there's a bit of fun with gay panic and racial panic as D'Sousa re-enacts some of his prison experiences before realising that the Democratic Party are just like the prison gang that wants to violate his sweet ass.[47] And obviously he blames an evil Democratic conspiracy for putting him in jail.[51] There are terrible historical re-enactments, and it ends with three musical numbers: D'Souza's wife Debbie sings "God Bless America", there's the national anthem, and something by country act the Gatlin brothers.[49]

Inevitably the evil liberal media tried to censor the truth by giving it terrible reviews. The Guardian scored it 1/5.[47] The AV Club gave it an F, its lowest grade, calling it "a series of conspiratorial talking points familiar to Breitbart-oriented readers, but reshuffled in a new, startlingly illogical order."[49] Peter Sobczynski on RogerEbert.com called it "the single dumbest documentary that I have ever seen in my life".[50] Both Sobczynski and some dude in The New Republic complain that the film doesn't even manage to land any attacks on Hillary when even the drunkest Bernie Sanders bro could list a thousand reasons why she's the antichrist: "Because he is a very dumb man, D'Souza doesn't even make a credible argument that Bill and Hillary are corrupt, even though in many ways it’s low-hanging fruit", according to TNR.[48] Daily Variety, normally sympathetic to any film it thinks will make money no matter how moronic or batshit-crazy, called it "a piece of ahistorical liberal-bashing that slides from propaganda to paranoia".[51]

Even if you can't find it in your video store, there's a novelization! With a cover quote from Exorcist creator William Peter Blatty: "Utterly terrifying and based on a true story."[48]

Death of a Nation (2018)[edit]

His 2018 "smirky documentary screed"[52] expands his argument and attempts to be an attack on all left-wingers and liberals.[41] Critics noted the low quality of D'Souza's argumentation, which seems to devote a lot of time to trying to prove that Hitler was actually one of those whiny liberal snowflake types[53]:
To prove that Hitler wasn’t a “right-winger” but truly belongs to the left, D’Souza notes that the dictator is often deemed right-wing because he’s perceived as homophobic. (Well, yes.) But in fact, that’s incorrect, because Hitler tolerated homosexuals in the brownshirts as long as they were good fighters; ergo, he wasn’t homophobic, and by extension he’s not right-wing. Beyond the ridiculousness of the claim, D’Souza either missed the logical conclusion of his own argument—that to be right-wing is to be homophobic—or hopes the audience doesn’t clock the trap he’s set for himself.[41]
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust says of Hitler:
An estimated 10-15,000 men who were accused of homosexuality were deported to concentration camps. Most died in the camps, often from exhaustion. Many were castrated and some subjected to gruesome medical experiments.[54]
D'Souza doubles down on the offensiveness by comparing Hitler with Bernie Sanders, whose parents were Jewish and who had relatives killed in the Holocaust.[53] His repeated comparisons of Sanders and Hitler are part of a history of anti-semitic remarks from D'Souza.[55] He didn't help things by retweeting a trailer for the movie with the hashtag "#burnthejews".[56]

The film also attempts to compare Donald Trump to Abraham Lincoln.[53] (Not by pointing out that both were tall or have been accused of racism.) Even more bizarrely, D'Souza attempts to prove that he's as black as Barack Obama by comparing the colors of their hands.[53]

See also[edit]

External links (if you have the stomach for this kind of bollocks)[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. (which is pretty low ranking belt, BTW)

References[edit]

  1. Letters to a Young Conservative by Dinesh D'Souza (2002) Basic Books. p. 135. ISBN 0465017339.
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-NduvegITQ
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw7J15TeDG4
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OopnYEhZi4
  5. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/death_of_a_nation
  6. Ariel Kaminer, "Star Commentator Is Out as Christian College President After Scandal," New York Times, October 18, 2012
  7. http://www.nytimes.com/1981/10/13/us/conservative-paper-stirs-dartmouth.html
  8. http://newrepublic.com/article/121105/dinesh-dsouzas-anti-black-racism-rooted-national-review
  9. http://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/07/us/the-uproar-at-dartmouth-how-a-conservative-weekly-inflamed-a-campus.html
  10. http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1986/02/06/conservatives-debate-style-tactics-after-dartmouth-incident/4091b577-9331-4fb9-a730-94b11ceaa4db/
  11. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/27/us/27beliefs.html
  12. "D’Souza’s Ex-Wife Urged Judge To Throw The Book At Him: He’s An Abusive Liar!"
  13. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dinesh-dsouza-campaign-finance-indictment
  14. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dinesh-dsouza-pleads-guilty-making-705819
  15. Dinesh D'Souza gets 5 years of probation in federal Manhattan court over campaign donations
  16. Dinesh D’Souza is the perfect propagandist for Trump’s America: The conservative commentator is a liar and openly racist. No wonder Republicans love him. by Alex Nichols (Oct—03—2017 09:07AM EST) The Outline.
  17. Trump's self-serving pardons by Aaron Blake (May 31, 2018 at 12:45 PM) The Washington Post.
  18. Campus Progress - Dinesh D’Souza
  19. [1]
  20. NYT: Gingrich: President Exhibits ‘Kenyan, Anticolonial Behavior’
  21. Time: Huckabee's a Birther?
  22. GSA Profile, History Commons
  23. "Gay rights versus democracy", Town Hall
  24. 24.0 24.1 [2], Town Hall
  25. SPLC on AEI
  26. For an in-depth debunking of the pseudohistory in the book, see Paul Finkelman. Rise of the New Racism. Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1996
  27. http://www.newsweek.com/filmmaker-pardoned-trump-shares-tweets-hashtag-burnthejews-and-1003260
  28. Forbes: "How Obama Thinks"
  29. That he's admitting the US is an empire should say something.
  30. Slate: D'Souza's Brazilian Conspiracy Theory
  31. Even more hilariously, US and UK relations have arguably strengthenedWikipedia's W.svg during Obama's four years.
  32. "Delusional Dinesh Proves he’s Crazy"
  33. D’Souza Turns Lie Into Fodder for His Delusions, Dispatches from the Culture Wars
  34. Dinesh D'Souza Says Obama is 'Weirdly Sympathetic' to Terrorists, Sees them as 'Freedom Fighters', Right Wing Watch
  35. D’Souza: Gay Rights are Anti-Colonialist. Or Something. Dispatches from the Culture Wars
  36. [3]
  37. [4]
  38. [5]
  39. D'Souza Mistress Opposes Women's Suffrage, Dispatches from the Culture Wars
  40. This one got laughed at even by other conservatives. See the National Review Online's symposium on the book.
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 “Hitler was liberal” is just one insight offered by Dinesh D’Souza’s fraudulent Death Of A Nation, Vadim Rizov, AV Club, 30 July 2018
  42. 42.0 42.1 Film review: America: Imagine the World Without Her, Variety, June 27, 2014
  43. 43.0 43.1 The director of 2016: Obama’s America is at it again with America, David Ehrlich, AV Club, 2014
  44. America: Imagine the World Without Her, Rotten Tomatoes, accessed 31 July 2018
  45. Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, Rotten Tomatoes, accessed 31 July 2018
  46. Watch the reviews by Brad JonesWikipedia's W.svg' Team Snob here and here. You know that a movie is terrible when it makes a man who watches ungodly shit like E.T. The Porno for a living, walk out of the theatre for the first time in his life!
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 Hillary's America review – Dinesh D'Souza says: beware racist Democrat super-villains, Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian, Jul 18, 2016
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 How Bad Is Dinesh D’Souza’s Hillary’s America? A Conversation., New Republic, Aug 5, 2016
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 Hillary's America completes the lunatic political trilogy that 2016 began, Vadim Rizov, AV Club, 2016
  50. 50.0 50.1 Hillary's America review, Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com
  51. 51.0 51.1 Hillary's America Review, Owen Glieberman, Variety, 2016
  52. Film Review: Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘Death of a Nation’, Variety, July 30, 2018
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 Death of a Nation: more angry nonsense from Trump's favorite film-maker, Matt Prigge, The Guardian, 31 July 2018
  54. Gay People, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website, accessed 31 July 2018
  55. 4 Times Dinesh D’Souza Should Have Kept Quiet About The Jews, Forward, May 31, 2018
  56. Dinesh D'Souza, Recently Pardoned by Trump, Shares Tweet With #burntheJews, Ha'aretz, July 1, 2018