‘Renegade Jew’ slur becomes awesome band name
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‘Renegade Jew’ slur becomes awesome band name

Breitbart criticism of Bill Kristol ridiculed on Twitter with everything from rapper to movie jokes

Bill Kristol at discussion sponsored by e21, a conservative think tank, in Washington, DC, Oct. 3, 2011. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via JTA)
Bill Kristol at discussion sponsored by e21, a conservative think tank, in Washington, DC, Oct. 3, 2011. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via JTA)

JTA — The term “Renegade Jew” is trending on Twitter — and it isn’t because Seth Rogen has been cast as a new superhero.

The hashtag came from the headline of an article by FrontPage Magazine editor David Horowitz for the right-wing Breitbart News website: “Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew.”

In the article published Sunday, Horowitz slams Kristol — the prominent Jewish conservative commentator and editor of The Weekly Standard — for opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy even since he became the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

Kristol — who has made his views on the real estate billionaire clear in multiple interviews and a contribution to an anti-Trump edition of National Review — expanded Monday on his thinking in an article for his conservative magazine.

Horowitz spends the majority of his Breitbart article defending Trump’s character and critiquing Kristol’s call to support a third party candidate (including several paragraphs arguing that former heavyweight boxing champion and Trump supporter Mike Tyson has reformed since his 1992 rape conviction). At the very end, Horowitz mentions what he thinks voting for someone other than Trump would mean for Jews.

“To weaken the only party that stands between the Jews and their annihilation, and between America and the forces intent on destroying her, is a political miscalculation so great and a betrayal so profound as to not be easily forgiven,” he writes.

Regardless of their feelings on Trump or third-party plotting against him, Jews on both sides of the political spectrum have had fun with the Breitbart headline’s choice of words.

Several people thought the term “Renegade Jew” would be a great name for a rock band.


One Twitter user noted that the phrase would also work as an album name for the world’s most famous Jewish rapper.

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