Earlier today, Mike Flynn Jr., the son of the embattled ex-National Security Adviser who recently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, sent out a series of tweets promoting the anti-Semitic myth that Jews control the U.S. banking system.
In his first tweet, Flynn Jr. wrote, “Regarding the national debt debate….here are a few quotes the everyday American needs to understand[.]”
He followed this with a supposed quote from the “Rothschild Brothers” in 1863: “The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from it’s [sic] profits or so dependant [sic] on it’s favors, that there will be no opposition from that class.”
And then a second quote, this time one misattributed to Henry Ford: “It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
The Rothschild family has been a source of anti-Semitic conspiracies for over 200 years, beginning with the rumor that Nathan Rothschild made vast amounts of money by exploiting the Battle of Waterloo.
The source of this rumor was a widely circulated pamphlet authored by Georges Dairnvaell, a man who “made no attempt to hide his loathing for Jews — and the Rothschilds in particular.”
In 1940, German producer Erich Waschneck used this smear as the basis for Die Rothschilds, a “pseudo-historical movie rife with misinformation” which “shows Jewish capitalists using disinformation to foment international panic.” The movie’s ending depicts a large Star of David slowly fading out over England.
The quote from Henry Ford is even more problematic, and not simply because he never uttered those words. Ford was a notorious anti-Semite, and used his publication, The Dearborn Independent, to peddle racist propaganda on a weekly basis.
These articles were released as a single publication in Germany under the title The International Jew, the World’s Foremost Problem, and served as an early inspiration for Adolf Hitler. Hitler cited Ford’s work approvingly in Mein Kampf, and in 1938 awarded Ford the Grand Cross of the German Eagle, Nazi Germany’s highest honor for a foreigner.
With these two quotations Flynn Jr. appears to be embracing the pernicious myth that Jews control the U.S. monetary system. And while this appears to be his first foray into racism, Flynn Jr. has a long history of promoting crackpot conspiracy theories.
In December 2016, Flynn Jr. was fired from Trump’s transition team after promoting the conspiracy that a D.C. pizza parlor was serving as a front for a child sex trafficking ring. As he tweeted on December 4, “Until #Pizzagate proven [sic] it’ll remain a story. The left seems to forget #PodestaEmails and the many ‘coincidences’ tied to it.”
Flynn Jr. later attended a March 2017 gathering of Pizzagate believers in Washington, D.C. where he was briefly interviewed by Cassandra Fairbanks, then of Sputnik News. He told Fairbanks that Pizzagate was an “important cause,” and bemoaned its supposed cover-up by the D.C. Police.
“There’s not a lot of odd people here, these are concerned citizens about the potential for there to be a massive pedophile ring,” he said. “And if it exists we gotta bring awareness to it, obviously.”