Breitbart’s Matthew Tyrmand is under fire for a column he wrote earlier this week in which he slammed Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum as, among other things, “Jewish.”
This is far from the first time that Breitbart has been associated with anti-Semitism. On August 18, Josh Nathan-Kazis asked “Does Breitbart news peddle anti-Semitic conspiracy theories?” That same day, former Breitbart writer Ben Shapiro accused Breitbart News chairmen Stephen Bannon of making the publication into a safe-space for anti-Semites.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about all of this is that Breitbart News is a deeply Jewish organization. It was founded by Andrew Breitbart, who was Jewish a staunch supporter of Israel.
Tyrmand is also Jewish, which makes his particular slam against Applebaum especially strange. He wrote that “hell hath no fury like a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned.” The entire article painted Applebaum as part of a global conspiracy to keep down the “will of the people”
Tyrmand is angriest about Applebaum’s dislike of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (Breitbart’s friendship with Trump is well-known, and Bannon now works for Trump’s campaign.) However, the language that Tyrmand uses to characterize Applebaum’s dislike of Trump has made some uncomfortable, as it again paints her as part of an elitist conspiracy. “The environment in which Trump is ascendant is very much a byproduct of Applebaum and her Ivory Tower fellow plutocratic elites’ attempts to impose a globalist worldview upon citizenries that reject it,” he wrote.
It should be noted that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton alluded to Breitbart and Bannon in particular when defending her comments that half of Trump’s supporters are a “basket of deplorables.” She took back that comment by saying that “what’s really ‘deplorable’ is that Donald Trump hired a major advocate for the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement to run his campaign.” Since Bannon is the campaign hire she is alluding to, articles like Tyrmand’s just seem to lend credibility to her argument.
At this point, Breitbart is akin to the world’s least likely Jews for Hillary campaign.