Every day, Fox News is criticized for its divisive and inaccurate rhetoric. No matter how bad that particular “news” organization is, however, that rhetoric frequently seeps into more mainstream media outlets. On Saturday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called out one of those outlets for promoting that kind of rhetoric, which also happened to stereotype Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) using anti-Semitic tropes.
Can @politico explain to us how photoshopping money trees next to the only Jewish candidate for president and talking about how “cheap” and rich he is *isn’t* antisemitic?
Or are they just letting this happen because he’s a progressive politician they don’t like? pic.twitter.com/O9qvDBw4ib
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 25, 2019
Calling a Jewish man “cheap” and depicting him standing next to money trees falls right in line with common stereotypes of people of Jewish faith. It seems quite common these days for more mainstream outlets to target Sanders, an anti-establishment candidate along the lines of Ocasio-Cortez herself, and calling this out is important.
Dispelling the notion pushed by Fox News that socialism and Democratic socialism are the same systems and that being both wealthy and believing in economic equality is hypocritical isn’t easy. After all, it permeates every conversation regarding Sanders since it’s frequently pushed by Fox News viewers and those with little education on the matter are absorbing it without understanding how to defend Sanders from it. However, Democratic socialism is not the same as Marxism or Soviet-style socialism, which is what’s found in Venezuela, and the abundance of information about this subject leave little excuse for not educating oneself on this subject.
Of course, there’s also no excuse for not understanding that claims of “socialism doesn’t work” doesn’t justify a capitalist system since that isn’t working well for Americans, either, other than those in the top one percent.
However, anti-Semitic tropes are utterly indefensible, and it’s important that 2020 voters be able to recognize it and call it out. Twitter commenters did just that in response to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet. Read some of their comments below: