Breitbart columnist attacks WaPo writer as ‘Polish, Jewish, American elitist’
JTA, Oct 1 2016
A columnist for Breitbart News attacked WaPo columnist Anne Applebaum, calling her a “Polish, Jewish, American elitist” and accusing her of having “global media contacts” in a discursive article that tried to link her to partisan Polish politics. The gratuitous nod to Applebaum’s Jewishness came in a 1,400-word article published Tuesday, titled “WaPo’s Anne Applebaum Embarks On Kremlin-Style Disinformation Offensive vs the Anti-Globalist Right.” Matthew Tyrmand, who is himself Jewish, wrote:
(She’s) on the warpath against the rising populist forces doing electoral damage to her establishment friends and allies across the world… hell hath no fury like a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned.
Tyrmand defended his comment on Twitter, writing:
Apparently to AggrievedIndustrialComplex, mentioning one’s identity is racist if it’s politically expedient at that moment.
The piece comes a month after Donald Trump tapped Stephen Bannon, the chairman of Breitbart News, to be his campaign’s new CEO. The article notes Applebaum’s frequent columns critical of Trump, calling one the product of “an increasingly unhinged mind.” Breitbart News has been accused byby the Clinton campaign amongst others of peddling anti-Semitism, and Bannon’s ex-wife said he made anti-Semitic remarks. A headline in a May article in Breitbart called Bill Kristol a “Renegade Jew.” The article took Kristol to task for opposing Trump’s candidacy once he became the presumptive Republican nominee. Author David Horowitz said that he wrote the headline, and that it was meant to convey that by not endorsing Trump and instead paving the way for a Clinton presidency, Kristol was betraying his fellow Jews. The news website’s founder, the late Andrew Breitbart, was raised Jewish.