A US radio host and conspiracy theorist — and Donald Trump supporter — Alex Jones ranted about “the Jewish mafia” that controls the US, and accused the prominent Jewish Emanuel family of being at the center of it.
Jones, who has interviewed Trump on his show, went on a long harangue on the show Tuesday in which he denied being anti-Semitic, but seemed to blame Jews for all the problems in American society.
“Cause let me tell you, the Emanuels are mafia,” Jones said of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former chief of staff for President Barack Obama, and his also prominent Jewish brothers, Ari and Ezekiel. “And you know I was thinking, they’re always trying to claim that if I talk about world government and corruption I’m anti-Semitic, there’s mafias of all different stripes and groups, but since you want to talk about it, the Emanuels are Jewish mafia.”
“But I mean it’s not that Jews are bad, it’s just they are the head of the Jewish mafia in the United States. They run Uber, they run the health care, they’re going to scam you, they’re going to hurt you,” he said.
He described Rahm Emanuel as “a guy foaming at the mouth with knives at cabinet meetings, basically threatening the president, totally crazed. Who’s got his fingers in everything, screwing us over.”
Jones alleged that the Emanuels “collaborated” with [Hungarian-American business magnate and philanthropist] George Soros “a Nazi collaborator,” and with Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton’s secretary of state, whose Jewish parents brought her up as a Roman Catholic. Jones charged that Albright’s father had been a Nazi collaborator “rounding up Jews.”
They were, Jones said, part of a “global corporate combine” working with the Japanese, Communists and other evil forces.
In December, Trump appeared on “The Alex Jones Show,” where the then-candidate for the Republican presidential nomination told the host that “your reputation is amazing” and promising he would “not let you down.”
Trump’s critics have accused him of not doing enough to distance himself from anti-Semitic supporters. Earlier this month, he delivered a speech in West Palm Beach, Florida, that some said drew on classic anti-Semitic themes such as Jews controlling the world.
“Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of US sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special interest friends and her donors,” Trump said.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, condemned Trump’s language.
“@TeamTrump should avoid rhetoric and tropes that historically have been used against Jews and still spur #antisemitism,” Greenblatt said. “Let’s keep hate out of campaign.”
Jones has been called out for other conspiracy theories, including one claiming that FEMA wanted to put Americans in concentration camps, Vox noted. Southern Poverty Law Center fellow Mark Potok told Vox that Jones is the “primary producer of conspiracy theories in America today.”