During Wednesday's White House press briefing, Stephen Miller memorably accused CNN's Jim Acosta of having a "cosmopolitan bias."
By Thursday, an article in Politico Magazine was readily drawing parallels between Miller and Joseph Stalin. The word "cosmopolitan," author Jeff Greenfield wrote, is "a way of branding people or movements that are unmoored to the traditions and beliefs of a nation, and identify more with like-minded people regardless of their nationality."
"One reason why ‘cosmopolitan' is an unnerving term is that it was the key to an attempt by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to purge the culture of dissident voices," he asserted, citing a 1946 speech in which Stalin relied on the word to make a larger point. Stalin's regime began an anti-Semitic campaign after World War II that frequently employed the term "rootless cosmopolitan" to refer to prominent Jews.
"What makes this history relevant," Greenfield continued, "is that, all across Europe, nationalist political figures are still making the same kinds of arguments — usually but not always stripped of blatant anti-Semitism — to constrict the flow of ideas and the boundaries of free political expression."
Greenfield's sustained contention that Miller somehow revealed his anti-Semitic prejudice is both amusing and absurd given that the White House advisor is actually Jewish himself.
"There is no evading the unhappy reality," Greenfield concludes, "that to label someone a ‘cosmopolitan' carries with it a clear implication that there is something less patriotic, less loyal ... someone who is not a ‘real American.'"
Or he was just using a normal word to troll Washington's most sanctimonious journalist.
I eagerly await the follow-up op-ed headlined, "Why drinking cosmopolitans makes you complicit with the Trump agenda."
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.