From reporter, Eric Hananoki, yesterday, at Media Matters:
McCarthy-backed House candidate is getting help from an antisemitic podcaster who wants political leaders assassinated
Hananoki article is about Republican WV District 2 congressional candidate, Riley Moore:
U.S. House candidate Riley Moore, who's backed by Speaker Kevin McCarthy, has made six appearances on virulent antisemite Michael Scheuer’s podcast, where the West Virginia treasurer praised the host and his “tremendous program.”
Scheuer is a QAnon conspiracy theorist who has called for the assassinations of numerous Democrats and said that Jewish people are “disloyal,” “subversive,” and “lethal enemies of Americans” who "must be stopped and then scoured from the continent.”
If you think that Hananoki is overstating his point, you need to read his article. For starters, he quotes Scheuer that Jewish people are
“Disloyal and subversive”; “unreliable and increasingly anti-American”; “lethal enemies of Americans”; "They must be stopped and then scoured from the continent.”
Of Jewish-Americans’ “loyalty” to the United States, Scheuer wrote: “In 2022, however, one might say that the myth and mask of Jewish-American loyalty to the republic has slipped from face to floor. . . . It seems that many Jewish-Americans and most of their leaders simply hate the United States and its continued existence as a constitutional republic. Is it truthfully surprising that such an intense and easily recognizable hatred should be returned in kind by those on whom it is focused and exercised?”
And as Hananoki points out, Moore appeared to buy into Scheuer prejudices by retweeting the promotion of Scheuer program with another dog whistle:
(Perhaps, Moore doesn’t get the “Globalists” dog whistle? I doubt it -- he had no problem invoking the George Soros whistle with the Trump indictment.)
Most importantly, as Hananoki notes, Moore has appeared six times on Scheuer’s program and has previously lauded him:
He [Moore] told the hosts during their third anniversary show: “It’s a tremendous program, and you all have done so much in three years. So I'm just glad to be able to pop on here periodically and be part of the win.”
Moore has also praised the feedback he gets when appearing on Scheuer’s podcast, noting that he received a “tremendous” response after one appearance, which included calls to his office and messages on social media. He told Scheuer that “the more that I do, the more detractors I get, but the more support I also get from programs like this, and I truly appreciate it.”
He has additionally asked Scheuer’s audience for donations, saying on his most recent appearance: “Look, just thanks again for having me on. And to your listening audience, you know, look, we'd love any support you could throw our way. MooreforWV.com is the website. That's M-O-O-R-E-F-O-R-W-V dot com, MooreforWV.com. Sign up for our list, support us in any way that you can because I'm going to be going in there really ready, guns ablazing, ready to fight, and I need all the support I can get.”
Hananoki has additional Scheuer quotes and I would again urge readers to read the entire article.
I find especially troubling Moore’s praise for Scheuer and his regular appearances on his podcast. Will any West Virginia “reporter” ask Moore about this? Will any ask him about Scheuer’s views on Jews, Democrats, Fauci, Biden, and if he agrees with them? If the past is any predictor, I'm not optimistic -- West Virginia’s supposed journalists have already given Moore a pass on his time spent lobbying for the previous Russia-supported Ukrainian government as well as his heading of a West Virginia dark money group (see here). Riley Moore needs to be asked a lot of tough questions. Unfortunately for West Virginia's citizens, we have yet to see any reporter step up to the task. Yes, I believe that Moore will get another pass and I find this very disconcerting for our state and country.