Kanye West, Louis Farrakhan & Leftist Double Standards

Kanye West recently became the object of worldwide opprobrium when he tweeted:

“I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”

The tweet was removed, his account was locked, and he has faced a storm of criticism over his his tweet. JP Morgan Chase even canceled his bank accounts.

There is no indication, however, that Louis Farrakhan, whose Jew-hatred is long-standing and abundantly documented, has never been subjected to any comparable treatment from his leftist friends who are piling on Kanye these days.

Why the double standard?

That most unhinged exponent of the Left’s propaganda industry, Rolling Stone magazine, tried to pin an accusation of hypocrisy on Ben Shapiro for writing:

“Two things can be true at once. Kanye’s moves toward pro-life, faith, and family conservatism are encouraging; his ‘death con 3’ posts and Black Hebrew Israelite language are clearly anti-Semitic and disturbing.”

The real hypocrisy, however, is not Shapiro’s, it is the Left’s, for embracing Farrakhan while excoriating Kanye West.

The Daily Caller reported in October 2020 that Farrakhan “has blamed Jewish people for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the Holocaust, and referred to them as ‘satanic.’ He also praised Adolf Hitler as a ‘very great man.’ At a Nation of Islam event in February 2018,

Farrakhan asserted that ‘Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out, turning men into women and women into men.’ ‘White folks are going down,’ he also said, according to CNN. ‘And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.’”

In February 2020, Farrakhan declared: “Mr. Trump killed my brother Qassem Soleimani. Mrs. Clinton killed my other brother Muammar Qaddafi.” In December 2019, a neighbor of a couple that murdered Jews in a kosher market said that Farrakhan had inspired them. In April 2019, Farrakhan said that “Jesus died because he was 2,000 years too soon to bring about the end of the civilization of the Jews.”

This is a longstanding pattern. In February 2019, Farrakhan said: “The wicked Jews want to use me to break up the women’s movement.” He gently chided Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mogadishu) for apologizing for her own anti-Semitic remarks: “Sweetheart, don’t do that. Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for.” Farrakhan’s rhetoric has led to violence. In April 2021, a self-described “follower of Farrakhan” crashed his car into a Capitol barricade and charged at police with a knife.

Nonetheless, Farrakhan continues to enjoy respect and wield influence on the Left. During the 2020 campaign, a Joe Biden ad featured a rapper who referred to Farrakhan as his “mentor.”

He is friendly with Barack Obama. A taxpayer-funded mural in New York features his image. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Gaza) wrote a column for Farrakhan’s blog. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has denounced Kanye West, but she has never denounced Farrakhan. Ilhan Omar has never denounced Farrakhan. Rashida Tlaib has never denounced Farrakhan. Nor has Joe Biden.

The double standard is glaring and obvious. The Democratic Party establishment is increasingly anti-Semitic. The House of Representatives couldn’t manage to censure Ilhan Omar in 2019 after her repeated anti-Semitic remarks, opting instead for a catchall, virtue-signaling condemnation of “hate.” When the same people who defended Omar and stood proudly with Farrakhan condemn Kanye West for saying the same kinds of things their own friends and allies say, there’s the real hypocrisy. The Democrat Party is anti-Semitic until it becomes politically expedient for Democrats to denounce anti-Semitism, but when they issue these denunciations, they never break off relations with people who frequently and unrepentantly traffic in anti-Semitic rhetoric.

JP Morgan Chase and the others who have attacked Kanye West afterward were clearly only attacking him because he has publicly broken ranks with the Left’s race-baiting establishment and has defended Donald Trump. If they were attacking him for anti-Semitism, there are plenty of their friends that they’re going to have to throw under the bus. Don’t hold your breath.

Pfizer–biontech COVID-19 RNA vaccination induces phosphatidylserine autoantibodies, cryoglobulinemia, and digital necrosis in a patient with pre-existing autoimmunity

Abstract

We describe a 64-year-old Caucasian female with a history of Raynaud’s disease, hand arthritis, photosensitivitySjogren’s syndrome and leukocytoclastic vasculitis who presented with progressively worsening fingertip necrosis that began three days after receiving a first dose of Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 RNA vaccine. Our workup revealed cryoglobulinemia, hypocomplementemia, elevated antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and IgM antiphospholipid autoantibodies (aPL) directed against phosphatidylserine (aPL-PS), suggesting a diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). The patient failed to develop anti-spike IgG antibodies up to two months following vaccination. Disease progression was halted by plasmapheresisanticoagulation, and immune suppression. We conclude that the vaccine RNA moiety may induce SLE manifesting in APS, cryoglobulinemia, hypocomplementemia, and digital necrosis.

Keywords

Systemic lupus erythematosus

Antiphospholipid syndrome

Antiphospholipid antibody

Phosphatidylserine antibody

Cryoglobulinemia

Vasculitis

Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 RNA vaccine

Digital necrosis

Introduction

Systemic vasculitides are heterogeneous disorders that share the common feature of vascular inflammation. They vary depending on which organs are involved, which size of blood vessels is affected and how severe the inflammation is. In the end, there is diminished blood flow, alterations in the vascular system, and eventual occlusion with variable ischemia, necrosis, and damage to tissues. Cryoglobulinemic vasculitis is a small vessel vasculitis that is characterized by the presence in the serum of one or more immunoglobulins that precipitate below core body temperatures and re-dissolve upon rewarming [1].

Vasculitides have been linked to infectious agents, connective tissue diseases, malignancies, drugs, and toxins among other still unknown factors. Various forms of vasculitides have also been observed and reported as adverse events following immunization after different vaccines [2]. The Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a lipid nanoparticle-formulated, nucleoside-modified mRNA vaccine encoding the pre-fusion spike glycoprotein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 [3]. To our knowledge, there has not been any described case of worsening of vasculitis following administration of the vaccine.

Case presentation

A 64-year old Caucasian female presented to our emergency department with painful fingertip discoloration on 3/20/2021. Her past medical history included Raynaud’s disease, hand arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome diagnosed in August 2020. Two months prior to admission, in January of 2021, she presented to with purpuric rash over her lower extremities, which was diagnosed as biopsy-proven leukocytoclastic vasculitis and treated with a prednisone taper by her dermatologist for 2 weeks.

On 03/03/21 she received a 1st COVID-19 vaccine. On 03/11/21 she saw her dermatologist for the bluish discoloration of her fingertips, when her right third distal phalanx started to turn black for the first time, which was accompanied by overall worsening upper extremity Raynaud’s disease. She was again started on prednisone, 10 mg daily, which did not help with the fingertip lesions. Eventually, the patient presented to the Upstate Emergency Department (ED) on 03/20/21 with stabbing pain and decreased sensation in all her fingertips. She was hemodynamically stable. Nasopharyngeal SARS-CoV-2 RNA RT-PCR test was negative. On physical exam, there was a bluish discoloration of all fingertips, the right third distal phalanx was showing signs of necrosis, and purpuric rash was seen on her legs (Fig. 1). Rheumatological work-up revealed photosensitivity, malar rash, bilateral symmetrical leg purpura, positive ANA, low complement levels with undetectable C4, elevated IgM antiphospholipid antibody directed to phosphatidylserine (aPL-PS), cryocrit of 14% (Table 1), suggesting systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and cryoglobulinemia. Hepatitis B surface antigen, hepatitis B core antibody, hepatitis C antibody and HIV were all nonreactive.

Fig 1

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