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In the last few days, Donald Trump has stepped up claims that the presidential election is rigged in favor of his opponent, Hillary Clinton. In a speech in Florida last week, Trump outlined what he says is an ongoing global scheme to strip the U.S. of its sovereignty. He accuses Clinton of being at the center of the conspiracy. Subservient journalists, according to Trump, are working frantically to elect Clinton and preserve the power of international banks and corporations that control the nation’s media.
Donald Trump argues that the media is engaged in a concerted effort to defeat his campaign. He points to the ongoing news coverage of groping allegations made against him by several women in recent days. Trump says these allegations are baseless. Meanwhile, this month’s trove of hacked Hillary Clinton campaign emails, released by Wikileaks, have received far less attention from mainstream outlets. The leaks themselves reveal instances of coordination between the former first lady and multiple news outlets. Other hacked emails show Clinton offering compliments and reassurance in private speeches to some of the world’s richest banks. The statements, Clinton’s opponents say, present a stark contrast to the stern anti-Wall Street messages she gives on the record in front of ordinary supporters.
Hillary Clinton views Donald Trump’s extreme statements as part of a “scorched-earth” strategy. Most national polls show the former secretary of state holding a commanding lead, with Trump’s numbers only dropping further after sexual assault allegations. “That just shows how desperate they are,” Clinton said of Trump’s campaign. “That’s all they have left – pure negativity.” The Clinton camp argues that Trump’s claims are an attempt to distract from scandals, and to excuse his failings as a candidate. Nonetheless, Clinton says the desperate tactics are having dangerous effects, undermining confidence in American democracy while deepening political divisions. This fear is also felt by many Republicans. Even House Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest ranking Republican and a Trump endorser, released a statement critical of Trump’s election rigging claims.
Jeffrey Salkin, a prominent rabbi and author, fears that Donald Trump’s election rigging claims represent thinly veiled anti-Semitism. Salkin notes that rhetoric about “international banks” and globalist agendas are common tropes used in conspiracy theories about sinister Jewish designs against the rest of the world. These claims, when they gain enough appeal, have historically led to violence against Jews, the most odious example being Nazi Germany. Salkin points out that Trump’s latest comments are not the first time his campaign has been met with alarm from Jewish communities. It is common for Jewish critics of Trump to be threatened with genocide on social media, for example. The Republican candidate himself notoriously tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton and what appeared to be a Star of David, superimposed over dollar bills and the caption “most corrupt candidate ever.” 
Further Reading: YouTube / CBS News / Religion News Service
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Trump and Clinton photos from Reuters. Salkin from Temple Solel.
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