Donald Trump's final ad for this presidential campaign has been online for less than a few hours and has already inspired claims of being rife with "anti-Semitic overtones."
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The video, billed as "Donald Trump's Argument for America," assails what the presidential candidate calls the Washington establishment's ties with "global special interests," so-called people "that don’t have your good in mind.”
The only problem: the figures Trump's campaign chose to illustrate both are exclusively Jewish and from the financial world.
“The establishment has trillions of dollars at stake in this election For those who control the levers of power in Washington and for the global special interests” Trump says in the video. When Trump says “levers of power in Washington” we see footage of Jewish billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, shortly after we see Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen appearing imposed over the term “global special interests.”
Later in the video, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein also makes an appearance.
Huffington Post, which has been vocal in its criticism of Trump, reported what it called the video's "anti-Semitic overtones," claiming its theme was reminiscent to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Huffington Post quoted Richard Spencer, head of what it called a white nationalist advocacy group, as describing Trump’s video as “powerful.”
Nonetheless, Spencer also noted: “That said, any serious person, of the Right or Left, who honestly examines the financial and geopolitical power structure will, sooner or later, encounter the reality of Jewish power ― and the Jewish identity of so many making up this structure,” adding thought that there are “other important players in the game.”
This is Trump's latest flirt with purported anti-Semitism, with a Tweet published from his official account a few months ago featuring what many took to be a Star of David alongside a dollar bills and an image of Hillary Clinton. The image was found to be taken from a white supremacists' web site. The Trump campaign subsequently deleted the tweet and replaced the star with a circle.