I do wonder how many speakers of normal American English *ever* use the word “shekel.” I’m aware of saying it in only two situations: when actually in Israel, where that’s the currency; and when reading passages from old-style KJV Bible.
Can’t recall hearing this before on TV. https://t.co/fF4h9bmw6K
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) September 12, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) September 13, 2018
Eric Trump said Bob Woodward's book was "to make three extra shekels."
Shekels — not just Israeli currency, but a derogatory term used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis to tie into antisemitic tropes about Jewish people and money.
Eric Trump — the president's son. pic.twitter.com/bI6IBFUQaS
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) September 13, 2018
Eric Trump said flap over his use of anti-Semitic dog whistle is "nonsense." Others beg to differ. https://t.co/YIaVpPfCnD
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 13, 2018
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 13, 2018
I’ve never met an American who uses the word “shekels” in a sentence.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) September 13, 2018
Which Eric Trump gaffe was worse? The anti-Semitic one or the democrats aren’t even people one? https://t.co/qNq3NODovw
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 13, 2018
I'm not sure that more than 5% of the non-Jewish people I interact with on any given day would be able to hazard a meager guess at what a "shekel" was…
…except maybe the zealous anti-Semites among them… https://t.co/7Kp2C8lODr
— Chad (@bisforboogie) September 13, 2018