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Rankin on House Floor, Hits “international Jews” As “warmongers”

April 29, 1941
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Rep. John E. Rankin (Dem., Miss.) has used the House floor to attack “international Jews” as war-mongers and warn that “they are making the greatest blunder since the Crucifixion,” a perusal of the Congressional Record revealed today.

Speaking last Thursday during a dull moment in the House, while only few members were present, Rep. Rankin based his attack on an editorial written by Walter Lippman which questioned the President’s leadership at this time.

“I have heard him (Lippman) referred to many times as an international Jew,” Rankin said. “I don’t know whether he is or not. We have heard the President accused of warmongering by members on the Republican side of this House and of trying to plunge this country into war. Now we have these international columnists attacking the President because he is not plunging us into war.

“When I use the word ‘Jew’ I want it understood that I do so in the most friendly spirit. I draw a distinction between the international Jew, whether he is an international banker or an international Communist, and the American Jew, who is trying to build up and defend his country and who must now suffer for the misconduct of these international Jews who are always stirring up trouble for them. In my opinion they are making the greatest blunder since the Crucifixion.”

Backed by Reps. Hoffman, O’Connor and Shafer, the Mississippi Representative asserted that “columnists” were spokesmen for “the international bankers, largely international Jews, with a few international Gentiles, such as the house of Morgan, who own or control the gold supply of the world…They first crucified the German Republic and in doing so they created Hitler. He is their baby. Hitler never would have been heard of if it had not been for these elements swarming into Germany and undermining the German Republic.”

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