The NRA Is Accused of Anti-Semitism for a Tweet Slamming Democratic Billionaires Days After the Pittsburgh Shooting
The National Rifle Association on Tuesday posted a tweet attacking three Jewish Democratic donors in a last-minute push before the midterms, and social media is fighting back.
"Another billionaire is pumping unlimited money into electing anti-gun lawmakers," the organization wrote. "Notorious anti-gunner George Soros joins anti-gun billionaires Steyer and Bloomberg. There is no end to how much they’ll pay to push their elitist agenda on Americans."
Another billionaire is pumping unlimited money into electing anti-gun lawmakers. Notorious anti-gunner George Soros… https://t.co/WdItjYXlKx— NRA (@NRA) 1540944000.0
The NRA's tweet comes just four days after a gunman charged into Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and opened fire, killing 11 Jewish worshippers in the worst targeting of American Jews in history.
Thus, Twitter erupted with anger at the NRA for its insensitive and tone-deaf tweet.
@NRA How many anti-semitic dogwhistles can you guys fit in one tweet?— Need To Impeach 🍑 (@Need To Impeach 🍑) 1540954927.0
How many dogwhistles? Three people plus the term "elitist" which is code for Jews, so at least four.
@NRA Gosh I wonder what those three names have in common. Nice dog whistle.— Rachel C (@Rachel C) 1540958307.0
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in Parkland, Florida in February, lauded "any billionaire helping to defeat the dangerous and horribly antisemitic NRA."
@NRA To any billionaire helping to defeat the dangerous and horribly anti semitic NRA, THANK YOU for what you do an… https://t.co/tPEygpo7EX— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg) 1540947637.0
Guttenberg was not the only activist to blast the NRA for targeting Jews while the wounds of last weekend's shooting are still raw.
@NRA You suuuure you want to do the anti-Semitic thing as a gun-advocacy group right now? Is that your best move after last weekend?— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants) 1540950466.0
Many people shared this same sentiment.
@NRA Um, the largest massacre of Jews was Saturday, why not take a little anti-semitism break?— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1540953901.0
@NRA Always knew your crowd is Anti-Semitic and this confirms it. How sick that you post this right after the slaug… https://t.co/abFxsn7Sb8— Dist 5 Coalition (@Dist 5 Coalition) 1540946108.0
Stupid and evil? You decide.
@NRA Attacking Jews for trying to advocate for gun control, days after Jews are killed in a horrific gun massacre?… https://t.co/yB9jihorzY— Nick de Semlyen (@Nick de Semlyen) 1540970394.0
@NRA anyway great to see y'all are adding anti-semitism to the many reasons your organization needs an earth-salting— Midnight Jon, decent opinion haver (@Midnight Jon, decent opinion haver) 1540952950.0
Others noted that the NRA has become little more than a front for right-wing causes.
@NRA Billionaire Koch brothers buying Trump and the GOP to get rid of healthcare, Social Security and Medicare.… https://t.co/lFkLneD4S4— DrainTheTrumps (@DrainTheTrumps) 1540950814.0
Money is speech, after all.
@NRA Hey. Money is Speech. Speak on George.— John McGuirk (@John McGuirk) 1540945716.0
@NRA Did you really believe that Citizens United would only apply to Republican billionaires like the Mercers and Koch brothers?— MC (@MC) 1540947963.0
A little more than a week ago, Soros, a Jewish Holocaust survivor and Democratic donor, received a pipe bomb in the mail from a radicalized supporter of President Donald Trump. Tom Steyer, a Jewish billionaire and supporter of liberal causes, was also sent an explosive device by the same culprit.
At least welve other high-profile Democrats were also targeted in the largest attempted mass-assassination in American history, and as many as 100 people were listed as potential targets.
All three men are major players among the moneyed liberal base. Those opposed to the NRA were glad to see these men refusing to back down.
It turns out funneling money into preventing gun violence is a winning cause.
@NRA Thank you for the good news. I wish them the best. How do I help them end your reign of terror?— Edward C Weber (@Edward C Weber) 1540949106.0
@NRA Thank you to all the billionaires that spend their money wisely to stop gun violence— jeanniecw 💙🏳️🌈✌️🌎 (@jeanniecw 💙🏳️🌈✌️🌎) 1540950518.0
@NRA Thank you George Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg. With love, The sane U.S.A— We the people 🌊🌊 (@We the people 🌊🌊) 1540948453.0
@NRA Anyone that would fight the NRA is a hero.— CP Harwell (@CP Harwell) 1540952136.0
@NRA This is great news! Thanks for posting!— Richard Skipper (@Richard Skipper) 1540945641.0
@NRA Excellent! Thanks for sharing. My day just got better.— mother of dragons ! (@mother of dragons !) 1540947018.0
@NRA So happy to have so much effort put towards saving innocent lives.— Steve Schick (@Steve Schick) 1540947933.0
@NRA How many more of our young people must be anti-gunned down in their prime, before their lives have even begun,… https://t.co/uXHJ9weRpD— Alexandra Erin (@Alexandra Erin) 1540964798.0
@NRA Thank you Soros, Bloomberg, and Steyer! That’s excellent news!— 🌼 FlowerChild 🌼 (@🌼 FlowerChild 🌼) 1540950223.0
@NRA Thank you Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg.— Patricia Kelly Adams (@Patricia Kelly Adams) 1540952812.0
@NRA Go George! And thank you!— Samwitch (@Samwitch) 1540951850.0
@NRA It’s called tikun olam, and I thank them for it— Lauren Sidman (@Lauren Sidman) 1540948075.0
@NRA Great Americans denouncing the NRA to reform Gun Control. You go Denouncers!!!!!— Karl Ratte 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 (@Karl Ratte 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦) 1540951684.0
@NRA And I would like to thank them for doing what’s right.— Mediawatcher (@Mediawatcher) 1540951201.0
@NRA Hooray for the good billionaires. It’s a righteous battle they are fighting.— District Flamingo (@District Flamingo) 1540953039.0
@NRA Actually, it's not an elitist agenda. It's a save lives agenda.— Gary Cavalli (@Gary Cavalli) 1540953979.0
Soros has given $15 million to Democrats this year, while Steyer has pledged $16 million in the final stretch of the midterms.
Also mentioned in the tweet is former New York City Mayor and possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, who is also Jewish and who has donated $42 million to Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm cycle.