Ever heard of the group “Renegade Jew”? No? The name has been trending on Twitter since late Sunday night, and anyone clueless about its original context wouldn’t be faulted for assuming that the otherwise off-putting term was actually the name of a rock band of sorts. After all, most of the tweets about the trending topic allude to the pseudo-rock gods’ past albums, best live performances and most outrageous scandals. Yet the reality is more serious, because it’s the term columnist David Horowitz used to describe The Weekly Standard‘s editor Bill Kristol in an article for Breitbart News.
According to Horowitz, Kristol and a group of GOP members were the fine folks who approached billionaire Mark Cuban about a possible third party run against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Because of this and many other pertinent issues, conservatives like Horowitz worry about the “consequences Kristol and his ‘Never Trump’ cohorts are willing to risk by splitting the Republican vote.” Like the fear that such a split would hand over the 2016 election to Hillary Clinton, the front-running Democratic presidential candidate. Hence the author’s argument that, because the GOP is “the only party that stands between the Jews and their annihilation,” what Kristol and his cohorts are doing “is a political miscalculation so great and a betrayal so profound as to not be easily forgiven.”
Needless to say, Horowitz’s branding of Kristol as a “Renegade Jew” has inspired responses from all over the internet. Most maintain a serious aura of news-driven punditry that political blogs and media sources are known for these days. Twitter, however, took the “Isn’t this the name of a band?” joke and ran as far as it could.