New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday accused one of his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani, of sinking to a new low with what he called a “particularly dangerous” “anti-Semitic rant.”
De Blasio was responding to an interview in New York magazine in which Giuliani, now President Donald Trump‘s personal attorney, accused George Soros — a mega-donor to liberal causes — of acting as a shadowy puppet master.
“I know Rudy Giuliani is determined to set new lows in pathetic, spineless behavior these days — but this anti-Semitic rant is particularly dangerous,” de Blasio tweeted Tuesday. “The attacks our Jewish communities have endured are fueled by this kind of loathsome hate. He’s an absolute disgrace.”
The magazine interview published Monday featured Giuliani making multiple accusations about Soros’ ability to control people and events, including various diplomats and FBI agents.
“Don’t tell me I’m anti-Semitic if I oppose him,” Giuliani told Olivia Nuzzi. “Soros is hardly a Jew. I’m more of a Jew than Soros is. I probably know more about — he doesn’t go to church, he doesn’t go to religion — synagogue. He doesn’t belong to a synagogue, he doesn’t support Israel, he’s an enemy of Israel. He’s elected eight anarchist DA’s in the United States. He’s a horrible human being.”
Giuliani doubled down with a tweet about Soros on Tuesday: “Soros has funded many enemies to the State of Israel, including groups that support BDS, who’s ultimate goal is to destroy the Jewish homeland. Those who oppose these groups are not only better Jews, but better people than him. Most certainly not anti-Semitic.“
Soros, who was born in Hungary in 1930 and who survived the Holocaust as a youth, has long funded major liberal causes and campaigns. His efforts have landed him at the center of various conspiracy theories. Some of those theories paint Soros as all-controlling and tie him to the fake Jewish schemes at the heart of the notorious century-old forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.“
Fiona Hill, a former Russia analyst for the White House, noted the connection in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in November: “This is the longest-running anti-Semitic trope that we have in history,” she said in discussing the efforts to vilify Soros, adding: “This is the new Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
Giuliani’s remarks about Soros have drawn other rebukes.
“Opposing Soros isn’t what’s #antiSemitic,” tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, on Monday. “Saying that he controls ambassadors, employs FBI agents and isn’t ‘Jewish enough‘ to be demonized is.”
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