Skip to content

President Biden and Speaker Johnson Weaponize the Holocaust’’ Trope for Electioneering

The Joe Biden-Mike Johnson cynical election game, in which there’s a torrid competition as to who can best pretend to protect Jews against the massive wave of non-attacks, did not pause even for a serious subject such as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s annual Days of Remembrance. President Biden, speaking at the event at the Capitol, came out against what he called the “ferocious surge of anti-Semitism in America and around the world.”

While the current trope has it that those who are horrified by the mass murder in Gaza and who are deeply skeptical that such mass murder is part of self-defense of Israel, are actually not against mass murder or against the Netanyahu faction in the state government of Israel, President Biden took matters yet another step farther. He explained: “This hatred continues to lie deep in the hearts of too many people in the world,” and that Hamas’s assault on Israelis on Oct. 7 “brought to life” that hatred. On the face of it, Biden would have it that, apparently, the vicious murder of Israelis triggered a surfacing of anti-Semites around the world, who now are inspired to kill Jews.

Otherwise, Biden made various references that appeared to equate the Nazi Holocaust with the assault on Oct. 7, and continued his message, that Jews who approve of Netanyahu’s government are welcome, and the Jews who have been populating the demonstrations against mass murder “beyond the Pale”—that is, they are to be silenced and not mentioned in polite company. Of the former, Biden extended his empathy: “I see your fear, your hurt, and your pain. Let me reassure you as your President: You are not alone. You belong. You always have and you always will.”

This post is for paying subscribers only


Already have an account? Sign In