Trump booster tells press they’ve sold out ‘for a few shekels’
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Trump booster tells press they’ve sold out ‘for a few shekels’

Man at Miami rally aims vitriol at reporters in latest incident of GOP candidate’s backers using anti-Jewish slurs to go after media

Eric Cortellessa covers American politics for The Times of Israel.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater on November 2, 2016 in Miami, Florida.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater on November 2, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP)

WASHINGTON — A man supporting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign berated journalists covering one of his rallies Wednesday, accusing the media of lying and selling out “for a few shekels.”

Sporting a Nike visor and Trump t-shirt, the man began yelling at the press pen “lying press” and “liars,” igniting a term that has seemingly come into vogue amidst some circles of the Republican nominee’s supporters.

“You’re a shame to your profession, you’re an embarrassment to your profession,” he went on, before invoking an apparently anti-Semitic trope.

“You sell out for a few shekels,” the man said at the Miami, Florida rally. “For a few shekels, you sell out.”

Shekels, which are now the basic monetary unit of Israel, are also an ancient Hebrew currency long associated with the Jewish people. The statement may have also been a reference to the New Testament, in which Jesus was betrayed by Judas for silver.

The rally was held in the hotly contested battleground state of Florida, which is roughly 5 percent Jewish, and could potentially swing the balance of electoral college votes in the general election.

The incident is the latest in a series of cases of Trump supporters invoking anti-Semitic terms to berate the press.

On Saturday night, a man was filmed at an Arizona rally yelling “Jew S. A.” at the press pen. Trump’s campaign manager condemned the man as deplorable, and he later defended himself by saying he had been chanting USA with a Latino accent.

Last week, a BuzzFeed article noted the term “lügenpresse” — German for “lying press” — has been appropriated by Trump backers. The term has roots in the 19th century, but it’s mostly known for its use by the Nazi party to delegitimize the media and invalidate its reporting.

The latest Real Clear Politics Average, released on November 1, has Trump winning by one point there.

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