Eric Trump Accused of antisemitism for saying Woodward Earned ‘Three Extra Shekels’ on CNN
New York – Eric Trump said Wednesday that journalist Bob Woodward’s appearance on CNN had earned him “three extra shekels,” prompting accusations that the U.S. president’s son had used an antisemitic dog whistle.
“Don’t you think people look through the fact, you can write some sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president,” Trump said on Fox News, referring to “Fear,” Woodward’s book.
“It’ll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country, that’s doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric.”
The remark, which was not prompted by any discussion about Israel or Jews, swiftly elicited outrage on Twitter.
Yair Rosenberg, senior writer at Tablet Magazine, tweeted: “The only people who refer to being paid off as wanting ‘extra shekels’ are Israelis speaking Hebrew and antisemites speaking English outside Israel. Eric Trump doesn’t speak Hebrew, so you know exactly why he has been reading online.”
Um, wow. The only people who refer to being paid off as wanting “extra shekels” are Israelis speaking Hebrew and anti-Semites speaking English outside Israel. Eric Trump doesn’t speak Hebrew, so you know exactly who he has been reading online. https://t.co/evuub9L1xV
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) September 12, 2018