Donald Trump lashed out at global elites who undermine American sovereignty through “international banks” — and many observers couldn’t help but notice the underlying anti-Semitic message.
The Republican presidential candidate flatly denied recent reports of women claiming he’d sexually abused or assaulted them after the release of a 2005 recording that showed Trump boasting about getting away with grabbing women by the genitals because he was rich and famous.
During the speech in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump threatened to sue the New York Times, which published some of those accounts, and he agreed with his supporters’ call to arrests and imprison his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
“Honestly, she should be locked up, she should be,” Trump said.
He accused Clinton of being “the vessel (of) a corrupt global establishment that’s raiding our country and surrendering the sovereignty of our nation.”
Trump portrayed the Nov. 8 election as an apocalyptic choice.
“This is not simply another four-year election,” he said. “This is a crossroads in the history of our civilization that will determine whether or not we, the people, reclaim control over our government. The political establishment that is trying to stop us is the same group responsible for our disastrous trade deals, massive illegal immigration, and economic and foreign policies that have bled our country dry.”
“This election will determine whether we remain a free country in the truest sense of the word or we become a corrupt banana republic controlled by large donors and foreign governments,” Trump said. “The election of Hillary Clinton would lead to the destruction of our country.”
Many internet users were alarmed at Trump’s language, noting its reliance on anti-Semitic themes and more suited to a fascist dictator than a presidential candidate.
@kasie Trump just gave a fascist diatribe, the denial of sexual misconduct is secondary to the political paranoia
— gary hamill (@gham50) October 13, 2016
So it was those "shackles" that kept Trump from going completely anti-Semitic? https://t.co/4DmiaPZD4H
— Siva Vaidhyanathan (@sivavaid) October 13, 2016
Did Trump actually say this? Because if you don't think this statement has anti-Semitic undertones, then you're not thinking clearly. https://t.co/dwGs8yGTIR
— Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) October 13, 2016
Whenever I conclude nothing Trump can say could shock me, he ups the ante. Today he went full-tilt Mussolini. Is quoting Hitler next?
— (((David Galiel:-))) (@davidgaliel) October 13, 2016
Trump adding full blown, unabashed anti-semitic code words to his stump speech. https://t.co/93AacZ2w1y
— Mike Thomson (@MikeThomson22) October 13, 2016
Bannon is CEO of the Trump campaign
Bannon is passionately anti-Semitic
Trump = the "Joseph Goebbels Memorial" BIG LIE candidate https://t.co/FsrcY9THEz
— ((( IL Steve ))) (@21law) October 13, 2016
Trump's speech right now is very close to fascism lol. "America first" and all that. Almost messianic in some ways.
— J.R. Murray ☭ (@_carl_marks_) October 13, 2016
Thought Phoenix anti-immigrant speech was peak Trump fascism. Today he outdid himself, promising "bright, glorious future" sounds very 1930s
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) October 13, 2016
Trump's apocalyptic speech in F. makes plain that he and his "movement" are the face of fascism, traveling under the banner of America First
— Gabe (@gabeschoenfeld) October 13, 2016
Problem with Trump is not that he's a fascist demagogue. It's that he's a fascist demagogue with 40% support. Win or lose, we have a problem
— Paul Hina (@paulhina) October 13, 2016
Tell me again that Trump and his campaign aren't anti Semitic… https://t.co/S3qVEuvEEd
— Sherri (@SherriPizza) October 13, 2016
This Trump speech is as fascist as they've come. The anti-semitism is so goddamn strong. It's frightening
— #WrightDudaBack2Back (@DudaFanClub) October 13, 2016
Trump's speech is like something you hear on AM radio at 3:00 a.m. + a heaping side of fascism.
— Josh Dorner (@JoshDorner) October 13, 2016
@realsaramerica There is so much that's grotesque about Trump it's hard to keep track but why isn't anyone calling out anti semitism?
— Ken Borsuk (@KenBorsuk1) October 13, 2016
The ANTI-SEMITISM of the Trump campaign has not gotten enough attention. The unleashed Trump is going full on Jew baiting here.
— Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) October 13, 2016
Trump back to anti-Semitic dog whistle. In the last 10 years, we've heard a lot of Hitler comparisons. They fell short then. They don't now.
— Evan Littman (@elittman88) October 13, 2016
A bit too much to fit into 140 characters pic.twitter.com/FNnUBaMgOz
— Elias Isquith (@eliasisquith) October 13, 2016
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) October 13, 2016