Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted Politico for using anti-Semitic tropes in its scathing profile of Bernie Sanders. In a piece focused on his 'wealth', the presidential hopeful is shown next to a 'money tree'.
The Friday cover of Politico Magazine is graced by the image of Bernie Sanders, the only Jewish candidate in the packed Democratic presidential race, standing against the backdrop of a tree with dollar bills instead of leaves and a luxury mansion. The article, titled 'The Secret of Bernie's Millions', contrasts Sanders' socialist inclinations with being "a three-home-owning millionaire with a net worth approaching at least $2 million."
Politico's Michael Kruse does not pull any punches in his review of Sanders' political career, with colorful passages like: "The champion of the underclass and castigator of 'the 1 percent' has found himself in the socioeconomic penthouse of his rhetorical bogeymen." He describes Sanders' 2016 presidential run, effectively hijacked by the Clinton camp and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as "the most lucrative thing he's ever done."
It is not the bashing of their preferred candidate that sparked progressive activists' outrage, but the way the imagery used by Politico reinforced anti-Semitic stereotypes related to Jews and money.
In a now-deleted tweet, Politico wrote: "Bernie Sanders might still be cheap, but he's sure not poor," accompanying it with a photo of Sanders with two houses on his shoulders and one in his hand.
Another tweet, now redacted, read: "Bernie Sanders has become one of those rich people against which he has so unrelentingly railed," with an illustration showing Sanders flanked by a money tree.'
Read more: Politico ripped for 'anti-Semitic' illustration of Sanders, who is Jewish, with 'money tree'