The Republican National Committee is partnering with the Republican Jewish Coalition and right-wing video-sharing platform Rumble for the third debate of the Republican presidential primary, even as Rumble is overrun with virulently antisemitic content.
Rumble, which also exclusively livestreamed the first two RNC primary debates, is a cesspool of extremism and bigotry. The site has hosted pro-Hitler videos and profited from content that falsely claimed there is a “Jewish stranglehold” over the United States.
The third Republican primary debate will be hosted by NBC News in Miami on November 8, with the Republican Jewish Coalition and Salem Radio Network as debate partners. Rumble will also exclusively provide the livestream and be the “exclusive online home” for the event.
Notably, major mainstream media outlets have failed to report on Rumble’s extremism. A Media Matters analysis found that when reporting on previous GOP primary debates, top U.S. newspapers and cable and broadcast TV news outlets did not inform their audiences that Rumble is rife with dangerous misinformation and conspiracy theories.
Right-wing platform Rumble hosts and profits from antisemitic content
“RNC streaming partner” Rumble markets itself as a YouTube alternative that’s “immune from cancel culture,” and it has welcomed misogynistic and bigoted creators who were banned from other mainstream platforms. As Media Matters has documented, it is now overrun with extreme antisemitic content despite the platform’s content moderation policies against “racism, anti-semitism and hatred.”
In fact, ahead of the first primary debate Rumble placed ads for the RNC on pro-Hitler and neo-Nazi videos. One of the videos uploaded to Rumble was Europa: The Last Battle, which is a film popular with white supremacists that “claims Jews deliberately caused both World Wars.”
White nationalist Nick Fuentes has also uploaded videos to Rumble in which he fantasized about teaming up with Hitler to kill a Black man he claimed was littering and falsely claimed that Jewish people worship “demons” rather than God.
What’s more, following the recent violence in and around Gaza, Fuentes pushed antisemitic rhetoric, stating that “people need to understand that that’s actually the essence of Judaism, is a seething, genocidal hatred for non-Jews.”
Media Matters has also found that Rumble is actually profiting from antisemitism and other hate and extremism, with pre-roll ads are running before videos from at least 16 accounts of far-right figures and groups who have spread antisemitism, as well as accounts of QAnon conspiracy theorists, white nationalists, and other extremists.
An August Media Matters report on the RNC’s decision to partner with Rumble for the Republican primary debates gave numerous examples of content on the platform that denies the Holocaust, promotes violent threats, and spreads bigotry.
Notable examples of antisemitic content on Rumble from that report include:
- On June 22, far-right conspiracy theorist Stew Peters pushed an antisemitic conspiracy theory during his show, which is streamed on Rumble. According to Peters, the OceanGate submarine was purposely sunk “to keep people from visiting the Titanic wreckage” because doing so would supposedly reveal that the Titanic “was sunk by a newly created” Rothschilds-connected Federal Reserve, and not an iceberg. Later in the show, Peters brought on Zach Vorhies, an anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist, who claimed that “explosives were placed on the Titanic to blow it out.”
- During a July 16 rally livestreamed on Rumble, Fuentes launched into overt antisemitism, spending over an hour ranting about the supposed “Jewish stranglehold” over the United States. Fuentes also called for a “holy war,” adding: “Because we're willing to die in the holy war, we will make them die in the holy war.” Rumble removed Fuentes’ original livestream, but several other users reuploaded the video to the site. Each of the reuploaded videos contained banner ads and/or ads before the video, meaning that Rumble profited from Fuentes’ extreme antisemitic remarks.
- On July 10, the misogynistic Fresh & Fit podcast streamed a video on Rumble in which Fuentes said, “I don’t believe in the Holocaust,” denied that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and claimed that women are made to be “baby machines” because “that’s what their brains are about.” In another part of the livestream, co-host Myron Gaines bragged, “We’re the biggest platform that’s talking about the JQ. No one else will do it.” The “JQ” — or the “Jewish Question” — is an antisemitic framework that posits the Jewish diaspora is a “problem that needed to be solved.”