As Josh Marshall points out, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers explicitly attacked the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) that helps refuges with resettlement in the US, saying on the white nationalist social media site Gab just before the slaughter, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
Where did he get that bizarre notion? Marshall says that the idea that there is secret Jewish dominance within the government (with the acronym ZOG for “Zionist Occupied Government”) that is seeking to destroy the country from inside is a staple of the neo-Nazi movement. It has also been promoted on Fox Business News just recently by a frequent guest Chris Farrell who stated that the migrant caravan was being funded and directed by the “Soros-occupied State Department.” In the fevered swamps of that community, ‘Soros’ is the standard euphemism for ‘Jews’.
In these people’s world, a ragtag band of pathetic refugees fleeing persecution and trouble in their home countries with the hope of finding a better life for themselves and their children in the US have become transformed into a murderous ‘mob’ made up of dangerous gang members, ISIS agents, and carriers of deadly diseases such as small pox (never mind that small pox was eradicated globally over three decades ago) that seeks to ‘invade’ the US with the aid of fifth columnists led by wealthy Jews. And this view is being promoted by Fox News.
The determination of Fox in its efforts at concocting the wildest and most hateful theories to deflect negative attention away from Donald Trump would be laughable if it were not for the fact that its viewership is consumed by prejudices and fear and so lacking in basic reasoning skills that they swallow these ridiculous theories whole and then even embellish on them. Bowers criticized Trump because he did not go far enough in his extremism.
As Marshall concludes:
The point is simple. What is remarkable is not that this happened on a major national cable network owned by a major media conglomerate and watched by millions of people. What is remarkable is that stuff like this happens all the time and it mainly goes unnoticed and un-cared about. It is another part of the story of the growing convergence verging on indistinguishability between the country’s nominally center-right party, the GOP, and the revanchist nationalist right, with all its racism, anti-Semitism and conspiratorial mindset.
John Oliver provides an example of the efforts that Trump supporters will go to to deny the obvious. (If you cannot see the embedded video, click on this link.)