Note to stone-throwers: be careful what you toss. If it’s not truthful, there will be backlash and it will be substantial.
That’s just what’s happening in the political world right now over a particular pick Donald Trump made for his White House administration.
The backstory is brief: Trump named former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon—who left his news post to join the Trump campaign midstream—as White House strategist and senior counselor. And since, the left has been howling, slamming Bannon with every degrading name—most recently, as an anti-Semite.
But the anti-Semitic charge has raised the hackles of Alan Dershowitz, who happens to not only be a law professor at Harvard, and therefore knows a thing or two about the power of language and definitions, but also—get this—a Democrat. No partisan mudslinging here.
This is what Dershowitz said, in Breitbart: “I think we have to be very careful before we accuse any particular individual of being an anti-Semite. The evidence certainly suggests that Mr. Bannon has very good relationships with individual Jews.”
He also cautioned against using terms in their improper contexts.
“I think one has to be very careful about using the term anti-Semitic,” Dershowitz said, in Breitbart. “I don’t think anybody should be called or accused of being anti-Semitic unless the evidence is overwhelming. … [I]t is not legitimate to call somebody an anti-Semite because you might disagree with their policies.”
Radio giant Mark Levin agreed on his recent show. And so did Breitbart’s Joel Pollak, who wrote at the news site: “I have worked with Stephen K. Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump’s new chief strategist and senior counselor, for nearly six years at Breitbart News. I can say, without hesitation, that Steve is a friend of the Jewish people and a defender of Israel, as well as being a passionate American patriot and a great leader.”