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Washington Post editorial: Trump, Breitbart ‘normalizing bigotry’

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The Washington Post editorial board on Friday lashed out at Donald Trump and right-wing news site Breitbart for “providing cover” for overt bigotry.

{mosads}“One of the most disturbing aspects of the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is the legitimization it has provided for extremist discourse,” the newspaper wrote in an editorial.

“Rhetoric that properly has been taboo in this country for a generation — overt racism, sexism, anti-Semitism — has begun to seep back into politics, with Mr. Trump and his closest associates providing cover.”

Breitbart London on Tuesday published an article attacking Post columnist Anne Applebaum for her views on Poland’s right-wing government, in which it mentioned her Jewish heritage multiple times.

“And hell hath no fury like a Polish, Jewish, American elitist scorned,” Matthew Tyrmand wrote in the article, adding that Applebaum used her “global media contacts” to spread liberal propaganda.

Steve Bannon, Trump’s campaign chairman, is also the CEO of Breitbart.

The Post editorial said that Tyrmand “has an agreement with the foreign ministry of Poland’s right-wing nationalist government to assist with communications.”

“Anyone who doubts the intention of the Polish foreign ministry’s chosen propagandist in using those terms need only read the comments beneath the article, which — uncensored by Breitbart staff — reek with anti-Semitic slurs,” the board wrote.

“We sought Mr. Bannon’s reaction to his website’s publication of the article, and in particular to its identification of Ms. Applebaum as Jewish,” the editorial continues. “The only response from an aide was that the Trump campaign chairman was on leave from the website. 

“In other words, Mr. Bannon has no objection. Expect more openly anti-Semitic rants at his website — and, if Mr. Trump is elected, in the United States at large.”

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