The evangelical magazine Charisma published a column by the viciously anti-Semitic Rick Wiles defending his earlier statement that Trump is the victim of a “Jew coup.” They did at least also publish a response by Michael Brown calling him out for his bigotry. The editors say they published it because they respect Wiles, who is as extreme a crackpot as you’ll ever encounter.
The conservative Christian media outlet Charisma has published a blog post by Rick Wiles, an intensely and relentlessly anti-Semitic online personality, in which he defended his recent remarks denouncing the House impeachment inquiry as a “Jew coup.” The new Wiles column includes a long list of “seditious leftwing Jews” who he says are “conspirators” pushing for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Charisma has been an ardent promoter of the idea that Trump was anointed and placed in office by God…In his new column, Wiles complains, “Right-Wing Watch is the primary source of Michael Brown’s talking points to smear my name and ministry.” And he warns Brown “and other slanderers smearing my name and ministry” to “ask their attorneys to define defamation of character and libel, and make sure their liability insurance policies are in force.”
Charisma also published Brown’s response to Wiles’ latest diatribe. Brown quoted a recent Wiles charge that a “Jewish cabal” would be coming next for the church: “The church of Jesus Christ, you’re next,” Wiles said. “Get it through your head! They’re coming for you. There will be a purge. That’s the next thing that happens when Jews take over a country, they kill millions.”
In his response, Brown tells Wiles, “You are guilty of spreading lies and inciting fear concerning the Jewish people,” and he urged Wiles to “repent.”
I don’t care if they did publish a response, it is never acceptable to give Wiles a platform. And that goes double for the Trump White House,which continues to give them press credentials and invite them to cover their big events.