Even though the alt-right is a white nationalist movement that has made no secret of its disdain for Jews, that hasn’t stopped some Jewish conservatives from trying to ingratiate themselves into the movement.
A new website and podcast called “The Jewish Alternative” has been launched with the goal of convincing Jews that the alt right’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, and anti-multiculturalism agenda will somehow benefit their interests.
Joshua Seidel, one of the site’s founders, told The Daily Beast that the horror at alt-right leader Richard Spencer leading seig heil chants on behalf of Donald Trump was a “tremendous media overreaction to five people giving a sieg heil salute.”
The Jewish Alternative’s manifesto expresses a similar denialist sentiment toward the presence of anti-Semitism in the alt right and pro-Trump movements.
“Trump, as I have said before, has lived in NYC for decades, surrounded by Jewish people,” Seidel says in his manifesto. “There has never been an accusation of antisemitism against him. This fact didn’t seem to matter, though, as the same Jewish journalists and commentators who criticized him before began using his anti-Semitic support as an excuse for more criticism.”
Seidel has been preaching the gospel of the alt right since before Trump was elected. In an August editorial for The Forward, a Jewish publication, he argued that “I enjoy the nasty talk in the alt-right. I enjoy spending rhetorical time with people who might otherwise hate me. The alt-right has energy, it has vitality, it’s something NEW and creative, it’s honest and forthright. It’s also the only viable political movement that is explicitly fighting for that nebulous concept of ‘Western Civilization.’”
In addition to Seidel, the most prominent Jew associated with the alt-right is Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos, claims Jewish ancestry. The Daily Stormer denounced Yiannopoulos as “the single greatest threat our movement has at this time” and vowed a “Holy Crusade” against him due to his Jewish background.
There was also an internal feud within the alt-right earlier this week involving Jewish participation in the movement. It broke out when a prominent Twitter account associated with the movement, Baked Alaska, was removed from an alt-right group gathering known as the “Deploraball” for his long history of anti-Semitic tweets.
For safe-keeping, archives of featured Deploraball performer Baked Alaska’s anti-Semitic and white supremacist tweets https://t.co/wy2ErIrYaF
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) December 26, 2016
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