(JTA) – Donald Trump Jr. retweeted an attack on Hillary Clinton by Kevin McDonald, a psychologist notorious for his theories of Jewish manipulation and control.
The Aug. 29 tweet itself had nothing to do with Jews. In it, McDonald referred to Clinton’s interactions as secretary of state with UBS, a Swiss bank that also has contributed to the Clinton Foundation.
Trump’s father, Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for U.S. president, has sought to make an issue of allegations that Clinton inappropriately dealt with foundation donors while she was secretary of state during President Barack Obama’s first term. Clinton is the Democratic nominee.
As of Thursday, the retweet remained on Donald Trump Jr.’s timeline. McDonald is not among the accounts the younger Trump, 38, is following.
But the retweet, first reported by political commentator Charles Johnson on his website, Little Green Footballs, has drawn unfavourable attention. Deborah Lipstadt, the Holocaust historian, on Wednesday linked to the Little Green Footballs entry on her Facebook page, and noted that McDonald testified on behalf of David Irving when the Holocaust denier sued Lipstadt for defamation.
“During the 12 weeks of Irving v. Penguin and Lipstadt, Irving called a number of witnesses,” she wrote. “Only one did not have to be subpoenaed but came of his own volition. Kevin McDonald. Donald Trump Jr. is now retweeting his comments. Giving him added attention. Kevin McDonald is an unabashed anti-Semite.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, McDonald, a psychologist, has published a number of books and papers on his theories that Jews survive by manipulating larger populations to gain disproportionate access to resources. He has become popular among Holocaust deniers, white supremacists and anti-Semites.
The Trump campaign has yet to respond to a request for comment from JTA. It is not Trump Jr’s first controversy regarding associations with the far right. In July, journalists noticed that he was retweeting a white supremacist; he removed the tweet. In March, he made headlines when he gave an interview to a white supremacist radio host; Trump Jr. later said he was unaware of the radio host’s background.
Donald Trump, the nominee, also has taken flack for retweeting white supremacists and, in one case, an image, apparently generated by anti-Semites, of Clinton, a pile of cash and a Star of David. He has been criticized for not forcefully repudiating white supremacists who support him, although in recent weeks, his rebukes to right-wing extremists have been more robust and timely.