Quantcast
Connect with us

WATCH: Russia expert explains how Trump’s anti-Semitic rhetoric is ‘straight out of Putin’s playbook’

Published

on

President Donald Trump’s anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about George Soros are “straight out of Putin’s playbook,” explained a journalist who fled the U.S.S.R in fear of anti-Semitism under Communism and has extensively reported from Russia.

Julia Ioffe, a correspondent for GQ magazine, joined MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday to add context to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The reason we came to the United States from the Soviet Union — we came as refugees, fleeing anti-Semitism — was because in the summer of 1988, my mother was stuck in the Russian countryside with me,” she noted. “I was 5, my little sister was six months old, there was no phone, no connection to the outside world and very persistent rumors going around about a pogrom, anti-Jewish pogrom and riot.”

“She realized she lived in a country where the political climate had become so permissive that it was completely extremely plausible and that she didn’t want to raise her kids in a country like that,” she continued. “And watching my parents’ response to — and their hearts break watching what happened at Squirrel Hill, my father actually called it an old-fashioned pogrom — has been frankly heart-breaking.”

Ioffe also examined Trump’s rhetoric from her experience reporting from Russia.

“The one thing I would add about George Soros, when I was a reporter in Russia, I heard about George Soros’s ‘pernicious’ political influence all the time. That he was not Russian, he was nefariously controlling all these people and controlling Russian affairs with all his money — that was in Russia,” Ioffe noted. “I never expected to see it here.”

“I feel like it was plucked straight out of Putin’s playbook,” she added.

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch:


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘He didn’t do anything!’ Wisconsin cops jump man on bicycle as peaceful protesters object

Published

on

On Tuesday, a Twitter user posted an incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin involving a line of police officers and a crowd of peaceful protesters.

In the video, the officers can be seen charging a man on a bicycle, jumping on him as he collapsed. "F**king scum!" the man recording the video can be heard shouting. "He didn't do anything! F**k you!"

The police then gassed the crowd and fired rubber bullets, as people in the crowd shouted "Don't shoot!" and "We are peaceful!"

Watch below:

This Just took place in Milwaukee, WI.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘They want to kill us’: Police in Massachusetts slammed for tear-gassing black protesters

Published

on

The racial dynamics that launched nationwide protests were on full display in Brockton, Massachusetts on Tuesday night.

Here are some of the videos from the scene.

Brockton is the Blackest city in Massachusetts, nestled in a racist county with some of the worst inequality in the state.

Tonight, the cops are opening fire into a completely peaceful crowd. #BlackLivesMattter pic.twitter.com/JJpho9iYKm

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Spider-Man scales Manhattan Bridge — as NYPD corner protesters on the structure: report

Published

on

Protesters on the Manhattan Bridge in New York City were greeted by a fascinating sight as a person wearing a Spiderman costume climbed the structure.

Tense situation in Manhattan - we’re at the Manhattan bridge where it crosses into Brooklyn. Police are blocking protesters from crossing into Manhattan. Protesters are chanting: let us through. Curfew went into effect at 8pmET https://t.co/PMDkll0RG0

— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) June 3, 2020

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image