Newsmax Host Suspended for Anti-Semitic Remarks
Grant Stinchfield, a host on the right-wing website Newsmax, will be off the air for the remainder of the week after massive outrage over antisemitic remarks he made on his show Wednesday night. Stinchfield claimed that American Jews’ “home country” is actually Israel and not the United States during a rant attacking President Joe Biden.
“If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?” Stinchfield mused.
Stinchfield doubled down on his remarks in a tweet on Thursday: “To be clear. American Jews are Americans. Period. Full stop,” he wrote. “Why OK for NPR to call it a ‘homeland’ for Jews, but I’m anti-Semitic?” He then linked to an NPR story that referred to Israel as a homeland — not the “home country” — for Jewish people.
Newsmax host: "If you are Jewish and you are a Democrat and you are living in America today, how do you support an administration that turns its back on your home country?" pic.twitter.com/yc9RjpHxlU
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) May 13, 2021
In March Stinchfield came under attack after claiming there was a “strong case” that President Joe Biden is “not really a Catholic.”
It's usually the anti-semitic people who think American Jews *must* support Israel without question.
Newsmax's Grant Stinchfield should APOLOGIZE to every American Jew for saying that our "home country" isn't the USA, and for politicizing us for supporting Biden. Disgusting.
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) May 13, 2021
Stinchfield’s colleague Eric Bolling announced he will step in for Stinchfield for the remainder of the week, although a rep for Newsmax later explained that Stinchfield was “speaking at an event” that “had been planned for a while” and that is why he would not be on air on Thursday or Friday.
Twitter was more than happy to give Stinchfield a Global History lesson, with one user musing that the self-identified Catholic probably doesn’t consider Vatican City his true home, and others pointing out that covering anti-Semitic tropes with other anti-Semitic tropes really doesn’t help.
Catholic Grant Stinchfield really seems to enjoy telling Jews how they should think and act.
— Nolan Zugernat (@NolanZugernat) May 13, 2021
Grant Stinchfield previously promoted the conspiracy theory that Israel downed Metrojet Flight 9268, a Russian passenger plane that exploded over Egypt in October 2015 (https://t.co/ANxCgUP8Ny)https://t.co/hsPM6Dhk4A
— Timothy Johnson (@timothywjohnson) May 13, 2021
There’s the “dual-loyalty” trope, and then there’s Newsmax’s Grant Stinchfield saying that American Jews aren’t actually American at all (they’re just “living in America,” away from their “home country”). Absolutely vile. https://t.co/f2zLKS7cym
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) May 13, 2021
Grant Stinchfield is a Catholic. Does he consider Vatican City to be his “home country”?
Stinchfield is also the guy who said on air on April 29 that the dandelion President Biden picked and gave to his wife Jill while walking on the Ellipse was “was a planted dandelion there.” https://t.co/hJpVgefvRT
— Stephen Schwartz (@AtomicAnalyst) May 13, 2021