The ugliness continues.
On the same day that Republican convention speaker and Donald Trump supporter Gen. Michael Flynn retweeted an anti-Semitic tweet (for which he later apologized), and Donald himself was asked whether he would back a Democrat over David Duke, and answered, “I guess depending on the Democrat, but the answer would be yes,” Donald also tweeted:
Look, I’m going to be very blunt about this: Donald calling a Jewish woman “neurotic” is both anti-Semitic and misogynist.
This is not the first time he has used this attack against Wasserman Schultz. Last year, he called her “highly neurotic.”
At that time, I wrote that it was a gendered attack which is an obvious variation on the hysterical woman trope, and further:
What might be less obvious to lots of folks is the anti-Semitic dog whistle of calling Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is the first Jewish female congressperson from the state of Florida, “neurotic,” which invokes a stereotype of Jewish people—especially in Trump’s home of New York City—as high-strung, hypochondriacal neurotics with their analysts on speed-dial. The people to whom that dogwhistle is directed will hear it loud and clear.
This, of course, also follows Donald having tweeted—and subsequently replaced—an anti-Hillary graphic featuring a Star of David and piles of cash.
White nationalism and anti-Semitism are inextricably linked. We cannot pretend that Donald, whose campaign has repeatedly been questioned over its dog whistled white nationalism, is simply unaware of the connotations of the language and imagery he insists on using.
The use of the word “neurotic” is clearly intentional here.
This pattern is too pervasive to be an accident.
UPDATE: And indeed, the people for whom this dog whistle was intended are hearing it loudly and clearly.