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What ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author J.D. Vance Is Really Saying About Jews, and Why It Matters

Backing racist voting laws and Tucker Carlson’s replacement conspiracies, author, venture capitalist and now populist ‘hero’ J.D. Vance is campaigning for a white American volk. And Jews are central to his ugly narrative

Noah Berlatsky
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J.D. Vance’s once-vaunted 2016 memoir, "Hillbilly Elegy," was recently turned into an Oscar-bait Netflix film in which Glenn Close delivered crotchety but heartfelt life lessons from, supposedly, the heart of Appalachia. A week ago, Vance used barely concealed fascist rhetoric to call for restrictions on voting rights and the repression of dissent to benefit a nationalist agenda for America.

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