8 Dog-Whistle Politics as a Strategy of American Nationalists and Populists: George Soros, the Rothschilds, and Other Conspiracy Theories [chapter]

Armin Langer
2022 Nationalism and Populism  
In April 2020, during the midst of the international coronavirus crisis, US President Donald Trump appointed Republican political strategist and media consultant Michael Caputo to be assistant secretary of public affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services. Caputo advised Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and was in charge of communications for New York. Caputo deleted tens of thousands of tweets just before his appointment, but journalists uncovered dozens of them. The strategist
more » ... aimed in these tweets that the Rothschild banking family "crave control" through the coronavirus. Caputo also asserted that businessman and philanthropist George Soros's "political agenda REQUIRES a pandemic." On March 27, Caputo tweeted a photo of Soros captioned "[t]he real virus behind everything" and added skulls and crossbones. 1 Caputo was not the only one accusing Soros and the Rothschilds of seeking to exploit the pandemic to advance their alleged agenda of world domination. Californian GOP House candidate Joanne Wright suggested multiple times that the virus may be human-made or even connected to prominent Democratic public figures: "Doesn't @BillGates finance research at the Wuhan lab where the Corona virus was being created? Isn't @georgesoros a good friend of Gates?," Wright tweeted, earning hundreds of retweets and likes. 2 Former sheriff and spokesman for the pro-Trump super PAC America First David A. Clarke tweeted: "Not ONE media outlet has asked about George Soros's involvement in this FLU panic. He is SOMEWHERE involved in this." 3 Canadian economist and Russia  Ron Kampeas, "Trump's New Health Spokesman Tweets about Soros and Rothschild Family 'Control'," Haaretz, April 24, 2020, https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/trump-s-new-healthspokesman-tweets-about-soros-and-rothschild-family-control-1.8795547.
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