President Donald Trump's eldest son helped a right-wing website smear a New York Times editor by retweeting more than a dozen links to a report exposing the journalist's alleged anti-Semitism.
Breitbart published a report Thursday morning digging up decade-old tweets by Tom Wright-Piersanti, a senior staff editor who oversees political coverage, apparently joking about Jewish and Indian college classmates.
Disgusting. But we shouldn’t expect any better from the New York Times. This is who they are. ‘Crappy Jew Year’:… https://t.co/MHItoVgTCe— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1566471394.0
The website, and Donald Trump Jr., prominently highlighted Wright-Piersanti's tweet from Jan. 1, 2010, joking about "Jew" Year's Day, which the president's allies used in an apparent attempt to blunt criticism of the president's anti-Semitic remarks about dual American Jews having loyalties to the U.S. and Israel.
"I was going to say 'Crappy Jew Year,' but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic," Wright-Piersanti tweeted nearly 10 years ago. "So... HAPPY Jew Year. You Jews."
Trump Jr. retweeted posts by a variety of right-wing Trump allies condemning the editor's college-era tweets, and Breitbart quoted two former White House officials calling on the newspaper to fire Wright-Piersanti.
“This editor needs to be fired immediately and the New York Times leadership needs to explain how and why they overlooked this inflammatory and inappropriate language,” said Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary and soon-to-be "Dancing With The Stars" contestant.
A former White House official described by Breitbart as a person of color told the website that Wright-Piersanti’s tweets prove the Times hosts a "culture of hatred."
“The vile hatred spewed by this New York Times editor is indicative of how liberal media continues to condone, promote, and celebrate racism,” the anonymous former White House official said. “As a person of color, I am all too aware of how media marginalizes minorities and this is another example of that intolerant behavior being given a global platform to fester on the pages of the New York Times.”