Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Chris Uhlmann delivered a long-winded assault on President Donald Trump while covering the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, this past week that’s now going viral and receiving rave reviews from liberals. But critics of Uhlmann, including many on the left, have said the tirade — and liberals’ support of it — is hypocritical, because Uhlmann is accused of having promoted some allegedly anti-Semitic views.
In Uhlmann’s rant, the award-winning political reporter described Trump as “an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure” who is obsessed with “burnishing his celebrity.”
“And we’ve also learned that [Trump] has no desire and no capacity to lead the world,” Uhlmann said in the report. “The G-20 became the G-19 as it ended. On the Paris climate accord, the U.S. was left isolated and friendless.”
“So where was the G-20 statement condemning North Korea, which would have put pressure on China and Russia?” Uhlmann added, criticizing Trump. “Other leaders expected it. They were prepared to back it, but it never came.”
“There’s a tendency among some hopeful souls to confuse the speeches written for Trump with the thoughts of the man himself,” Uhlmann continued. “He did make some interested scripted observations in Poland about defending the values of the West, and he’s in a unique position. He’s the one man who has the power to do something about it. But it’s the unscripted Trump that’s real; a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as president at war with the West’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.”
Brad Jaffy, NBC News’ nightly news editor, called the rant “a searing assessment” of Trump.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 9, 2017
Widely published left-wing writer Yashar Ali wrote, “Wow. This analysis of Trump from an Australian reporter is quite something. Watch the whole clip.”
Wow. This analysis of Trump from an Australian reporter is quite something. Watch the whole clip. pic.twitter.com/u0mroeWD3W
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 9, 2017
However, critics of Uhlmann were quick to note he has made some controversial comments in the past that some say are anti-Semitic.
In an op-ed published in February for The Australian, Uhlmann described the “intellectual virus” of Marxism, which he says was spread throughout America by Jewish academics:
As social projects go, this wasteland was a tough sell, but neo-Marxists are nothing if not dogged. They built critical theory as a vehicle for change and began the deconstruction of the West.
Frankfurt School academics fleeing Adolf Hitler’s Germany transmitted the intellectual virus to the US and set about systematically destroying the culture of the society that gave them sanctuary.
America’s freedom of speech was its achilles heel. Critical theorists were given university pulpits and a constitutionally ordained right to preach, grinding its foundation stones to dust. Since 1933 they have been hellbent on destroying the village to save it.
Uhlmann’s belief that Jewish academics are largely responsible for the spread of a specific strand of Marxism that attacked culture has been called anti-Semitic by some, leading a number of liberals to question whether the left should be “fawning” over Uhlmann.
“Here's that Aussie TV guy everyones [sic] fawning over, saying Jewish intellectuals transmitted a virus destroying America,” BuzzFeed Editor Tom Gara wrote on Twitter.
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) July 9, 2017
“[R]eminder that ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann believes the Jews infected the US with communism,” Eleanor Robertson, a columnist for The Guardian (Australia), wrote. “[T]his is what he actually thinks.”
Robertson also accused Uhlmann of peddling “antisemitic cultural marxism conspiracy” theories.
reminder that ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann believes the Jews infected the US with communism. this is what he actually thinks pic.twitter.com/QXH7a4Sqqb
— Eleanor Robertson (@marrowing) July 9, 2017