The New York Times faced intense backlash on Thursday after one of its editor’s anti-Semitism was exposed and the scandal trended to the top on Twitter — which led multiple high-profile figures and politicians to call for his firing.
The latest anti-Semitism scandal to break out at The New York Times came after writings from Senior Staff Editor Tom Wright-Piersanti, who oversees the infamously left-leaning newspaper’s political coverage, were revealed on Thursday morning and showed years worth of anti-Semitic and racist views.
The revelation comes after The New York Times has repeatedly defended anti-Semitic Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) while trying to cast President Donald Trump — the most pro-Israel president in U.S. history — as being anti-Semitic.
In a tweet from 2010, Wright-Piersanti tweeted: “I was going to say ‘Crappy Jew Year,’ but one of my resolutions is to be less anti-Semitic. So… HAPPY Jew Year. You Jews.”
In another tweet that included a picture of a car with a Menorah on the roof, Wright-Piersanti wrote: “Who called the Jew-police?”
Wright-Piersanti, who also wrote numerous racist things about Indians, began to aggressively delete his old tweets once they went viral on social media and eventually locked his Twitter account so that people could not see other things he tweeted.
Donald Trump Jr. helped lead the charge in exposing the anti-Semitism at The New York Times by helping to amplify the voices of those who weighed in on the disturbing tweets. Trump Jr. also weighed in himself, writing on Twitter: “Disgusting. But we shouldn’t expect any better from the New York Times. This is who they are.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted: “Once again, the @nytimes condones anti-Semitism. As the far Left and MSM lionizes antiSemites, vilifies Israel, and stokes racial tension, will there be any accountability at the NYT?”
Alabama Republican Senate candidate Bradley Byrne tweeted: “More anti-Semitism, NYT? Yesterday, they falsely labeled @realDonaldTrump an anti-Semite. Today, it’s revealed that one of their editors has a long history of anti-Semitic tweets. Maybe this explains why they’re always defending Omar & Tlaib? DISGUSTING.”
Jewish Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) appeared on Fox News, where he called for Wright-Piersanti to be fired: “He was self-describing himself as an anti-Semite and he was going after Jews … Tom Wright-Piersanti should be fired.”
Former White House advisor Steven Cheung tweeted: “This is disgusting and vile. No ethnic group is spared by this
@nytimes editor’s hatred. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Wonder how @deanbaquet feels about this after he said this at his NYT townhall: ‘How do we write about race in a thoughtful way?'”
The scandal comes after the Times hired notorious racist Sarah Jeong to be on its editorial board last year. The Times published an anti-Semitic cartoon this April, issued a non-apology, and then published another anti-Semitic cartoon the very next day.
The Times has a long history of downplaying anti-Semitism, including telling its readers that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not particularly problematic and burying the horrors of the Holocaust deep inside the newspaper.