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Anne Applebaum, Jewish elitist?

Because she has dared to point out the increasingly authoritarian and conspiracy-minded nature of the Polish government under the Law and Justice party, and to suggest parallels to Donald Trump, the cesspit that is the Breitbart.com website has called the distinguished historian and journalist Anne Applebaum a “Polish, Jewish, American elitist.”

The author of the piece (check out the comments for a sampling of old-fashioned rightwing Jew-bashing) is reportedly Jewish, but as we’ve seen in the Labour party and elsewhere, that’s not an automatic exculpation of antisemitism. As Applebaum herself observes:

Breitbart.com has become one of the leading voices for extremist alt-Right supporters of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump’s campaign chief Stephen Bannon is on leave as chairman of Breitbart.com.