The first step in genocide or exterminating a group is to dehumanize members of that group. This is already happening in the ALT-RIGHT movement. They are not just targeting Jews, but “liberals” as well. By making your enemy non-human or less human than you, you can justify treating them inhumanely. Welcome to Trump’s America.
While discussing the white supremacist “alt-right” movement’s ideology, CNN casually questioned whether or not Jews were people on the bottom of the screen.
Here is the segment. That chryon. These times. pic.twitter.com/5vXn5GM7ll
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) November 21, 2016
During a panel discussion on The Lead with Jake Tapper featuring RealClearPolitics reporter Rebecca Berg and Matt Viser of the Boston Globe, host Jim Sciutto broached the topic of the recent convention in Washington DC hosted by the National Policy Institute — which has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Sciutto prefaced the segment by bringing up anti-Semitic comments made by National Policy Institute founder Richard Spencer — often referred to as the person who coined the term “alt-right” — and asking the panelists their thoughts on whether or not Donald Trump should completely disavow the movement and its leaders.
However, CNN’s chyron (the text at the bottom of the screen), paraphrasing Spencer’s comments, seemed to push the narrative that whether or not Jews were actually people was a subject up for debate. Twitter seized on the moment and refused to let go:
CNN Last Week "Should Muslims register?" Today: "Are Jews people?" Tomorrow: "Should women vote?" Next Week: "Can slavery save the economy?"
— #J20 (@Delo_Taylor) November 22, 2016
Pro tip @CNN – if they ask "are Jews people" then you can stop calling them "alt-right" and start calling them Nazis.
— John Paul Davis (@youngkingrabbit) November 21, 2016
11/9- "give trump a chance!"
11/21 "are Jews people?"
— shannonwoodward (@shannonwoodward) November 21, 2016
I watched the segment with the "Are Jews People?" banner & the problem with almost all TV news is that noone is just screaming "WHAT THE F?"
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) November 22, 2016
It’s not “alt-right.” It’s Neo-Nazi.https://t.co/4fPkSVlSDl
— Karoli (@Karoli) November 21, 2016
Even sports blog Deadspin got in on the fun, mocking CNN for waffling on “taking the political risk” to acknowledge the humanity of people who practice Judaism:
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 21, 2016
Spencer and the “alt-right” movement’s racism and anti-Semitism were on full display during the National Policy Institute’s annual conference this weekend at the Ronald Reagan federal building in Washington, DC. Spencer was seen shouting “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” at the end of his speech while attendees cheered and held up the Nazi salute.
As of this writing, it remains unclear whether or not CNN’s Chyron operator for The Lead with Jake Tapper still has a job after creating a wave of outrage on social media.