President Trump plans to sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting what he sees as anti-Semitism on college campuses by threatening to withhold federal money from educational institutions that fail to combat discrimination, three administration officials said on Tuesday.
So that’s all good, right? It’s the next paragraph where the Times sent the twittersphere into a tailwind:
The order will effectively interpret Judaism as a race or nationality, not just a religion, to prompt a federal law penalizing colleges and universities deemed to be shirking their responsibility to foster an open climate for minority students. In recent years, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — or B.D.S. — movement against Israel has roiled some campuses, leaving some Jewish students feeling unwelcome or attacked.
The “interpret Judaism as a race or nationality, not just a religion” led to the latest invocation of Godwin’s Law. Cue the hysteria:
I haven't taken my Jewish Star off since Charlottesville. I knew there was going to be a white supremacist attack as did happen in El Paso. I knew we would eventually be labeled by our government. My Austrian grandmother warned me. #Judaism
— Sara Spector (@Miriam2626) December 11, 2019
It's going to be fun when Trump starts making us all wear gold "Jude" star patches and puts lots of us in camps and deports the rest of us.
— Red (@Redpainter1) December 11, 2019
This does not end well, ever. Jewish Americans are Americans. #Judaism is not a nationality. This is what Hitler did; what the Soviets did; what David Duke believes. This is how it starts. #NeverAgain https://t.co/WHxTXkTW2x
— Gallifrey Stands (@GallifreyStand2) December 11, 2019
The rhetoric behind this executive order claiming Jews are not Americans and don’t belong is exactly the rhetoric that led to eleven of my neighbors being killed in Pittsburgh a year ago. This was never about #Judaism and has always been about white supremacy. https://t.co/YPZlGN2aaZ
— Sami Naomi (@sami_naomi_s) December 11, 2019
I probably don’t need to tell you that Trump hasn’t resurrected the Third Reich through executive order as those above are implying, but it must be emphasized that the executive order does not define Juadism is a nationality. The Times simply made that up. Just read the relevant section of your text yourself and you’ll notice the lack of mention:
Even the far-left Slate reported that the Times reporting was B.S., noting that “It does not claim that Jews are a nation or a different race. The order’s interpretation of Title VI—insofar as the law applies to Jews—is entirely in line with the Obama administration’s approach.”
As always the Times’ lie has gotten halfway around the world before the truth has gotten get of bed – and that’ll never change. The number of people who will hear theirs lies will always exceed those hearing the corrections.
Perhaps that’s been their strategy the entire time.