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White nationalism is spreading ‘like a virus’ among some Orthodox Jews, warns Jewish anti-racism activist

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Elad Nehorai, an Orthodox Jewish activist who campaigns against racism through his organization Torah Trumps Hate, says that he has seen an alarming rise in the embrace of white nationalist rhetoric and ideology among some members of his community.

Writing in Forward, Nehorai claims that he’s seen an increasing number of comments made by Orthodox Jews that go beyond simple racism or prejudice, and instead suggest more of an ideological commitment to white nationalist views. In fact, Nehorai contents that “the philosophy of white nationalism that justifies racism” is “spreading like a virus among many Orthodox Jews.”

In particular, Nehorai says that he recently found himself horrified to see some members of the Orthodox Jewish community whom he knows defending President Donald Trump’s declaration that he doesn’t want to accept any immigrants from “shithole” African countries.

“It always boiled down to the same rationalizations, those used by [white nationalists Richard Spencer and David Duke]: Haiti and Africa are indeed shitholes, and Trump was right not to want people from those countries,” he writes. “Was it the majority of the Orthodox world? Doubtful. But was it a portion large enough to be concerned about? Absolutely.”

When trying to figure out why these views are spreading in the community, Nehorai points the finger at Orthodox Jewish conservative writers such as Ben Shapiro and Breitbart’s Joel Pollack, who both defended Trump calling African countries “shitholes.”

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“Rather than Duke and Spencer, it’s these writers whose names you hear at shul,” he writes. “It is these voices that the average politically engaged and Orthodox Jew listens to.”

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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Trump’s campaign is spending massively at his own businesses — and even more on lawyers

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President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign filed their latest campaign finance reports on Monday.

Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the money in politics watchdog group Open Secrets, dissected the numbers and made two startling discoveries.

In the three months covered, from April through June, Trump's campaign and affiliated joint fundraising committees spent $326,094.24 at Trump businesses, including six figures at both Mar-a-Lago and Trump Hotel DC.

Trump's campaign also spent over $1.3 million on legal bills. He spent approximately $7 million on legal bills in 2018, Massoglia noted.

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Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC

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Republican strategy ripped President Donald Trump for being a "flagrant racist" during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC.

Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

"Rick Wilson, is this a campaign strategy? Is this Donald Trump and his campaign advisers thinking, well, our only hope is going for the voters we already have and energizing them and getting them to come and squeak out that electoral formula once again?" O'Donnell asked.

"Absolutely, Lawrence. As everyone else stated on the show, it’s been obvious for a long time from the long arc of his dad to redling to the Central Park Five to birtherism to this stuff today, this guy, he's racist adjacent in of the best day of his life," Wilson is explained.

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