The CEO of Gab, Andrew Torba recently talked about his attempts to bring Former President Trump onto social network after he was permanently banned from every social media platform in January of this year.
Torba said that Mr Trump was considering taking over the account they have aggregating statements and press releases made by Trump, but that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, blocked Trump’s access to Gab at the last minute.
Torba said that Kushner and team told him that Trump would only be active on his platform if they took action against anyone that criticized Israel.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently released a video declaring that the pro-free speech social media website was an “anti-Semitic” platform, and that it and it’s users ‘have no place in Texas.’ Many people responded to this video by pointing out the fact that the Texas GOP had a verified Gab account that they were active on.
Directly after Governor Abbott made his statements however, the SREC voted to delete the Texas GOP Gab account on a 35-25 vote. The news was broken by the Texas Republican Initiative, which claims they support free speech for all Texans.
In the video, Abbott is seen sitting in his wheelchair, flanked by the American and Texan flags, with the Israeli flag centered directly behind him.
“Anti-semitic platforms like Gab have no place in Texas, and certainly do not represent Texas values,” Abbott said. The governor then displayed an unnamed piece of legislation created by Republican Texas representatives Phil King and Craig Goldman, which he proudly proclaims to fight “anti-semitism in Texas.”
Under the State Department’s formal definition of ‘antisemitism,’ it lists accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel than the country in which they reside as a bullet point of what it means to be ‘antisemitic.’
Jewish Americans are the only group of people in the country that have received a formal definition by the US government, defining what it means to hold prejudice against them. The list is long and this is just one of the many bullet points.
Under this formal definition, accusing People like Jonathan Pollard or Sheldon Adelson of having more loyalty to Israel than to their birth country would mean that you are ‘antisemitic.’ Accusing any other group of people of holding dual loyalty however is not controversial.
In an op-ed written by Jared Kushner in the NY times, Kushner claimed that Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. According to Kushner as well as the state department, being against the radical Zionism of Johnathan Pollard, Sheldon Adelson, or even non-Jewish Christian Zionists like John Bolton is considered ‘antisemitism.’ According to Jewish American NY times writer Bret Stephens, putting America first is also antisemitic, and puts the country of Israel at risk.
But even some Jews take issue with the broad definition of antisemitism.
The truth is that Zionism is simply a political ideology, and in a hearing regarding the ever-expanding definition of antisemitism, two Jewish Americans described that the state department’s definition was extremely flawed.
They noted that Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, made it clear that ‘Jews are one people,’ and therefore it is useless to be loyal to the country in which they reside.
Another bullet point listed under the state department’s definition of ‘antisemitism’ is ‘accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.’
This sounds a lot like what many college professors, politicians, political pundits, and activist groups are doing to white people. Accusing all white people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single white person or a group of white people.