Saturday, 21 January 2017

L.A. Times: 'America First,' a phrase with a loaded anti-Semitic and isolationist history

L.A. Times: 'America First,' a phrase with a loaded anti-Semitic and isolationist history

by Brian Bennet

A broad-based coalition of politicians and business leaders on the right and left came together as the America First Committee to oppose President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s support for France and Great Britain. The movement grew to more than 800,000 members.

While the America First Committee attracted a wide array of support, the movement was marred by anti-Semitic and pro-fascist rhetoric. Its highest profile spokesman, Charles Lindbergh, blamed American Jews for pushing the country into war.

"The British and the Jewish races," he said at a rally in September 1941, "for reasons which are not American, wish to involve us in the war."

The “greatest danger” Jews posed to the U.S. “lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio, and our government,” Lindbergh said.


We certainly know what 'Britain First' means. RIP Jo Cox.

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