A flood of anti-Semitic tropes

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Soros’ be­liefs and causes are cer­tainly fair game for crit­i­cism; lib­er­als have de­mo­nized the wealthy Koch broth­ers for their sup­port of Repub­li­cans in much the same way that con­ser­va­tives do Soros. But there can be no doubt that many at­tacks on Soros are overtly anti-Semitic, draw­ing on an­cient tropes of Jews as sin­is­ter and se­cre­tive pup­pet masters. In­fowars’ Alex Jones—on whose show Trump has ap­peared—says Soros is a leader of a “Jewish mafia” that con­trols global fi­nance. And Trump, echo­ing Bre­it­bart, has called Soros a “glob­al­ist,” which evokes the stereo­type of the state­less Jew, loyal to no na­tion, and falsely ac­cused him of sup­port­ing open bor­ders and unrestricted im­mi­gra­tion. The Span­ish-lan­guage Ra­dio Tele­vi­sion Marti net­work, which is funded by the U.S. gov­ern­ment, aired a re­port this year that called Soros a “mul­ti­mil­lion­aire Jew” of “flex­i­ble morals,” who was “the ar­chi­tect of the fi­nan­cial col­lapse of 2008.” In Soros’ na­tive Hun­gary, au­thor­i­tar­ian Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban—an anti-im­mi­gra­tion na­tion­al­ist—in­voked ev­ery anti-Semitic stereo­type in his “Stop Soros” cam­paign this year, say­ing the coun­try’s en­emy was “crafty,” “in­ter­na­tional,” and “feels it owns the world.”

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