John Cusack says 'bot' was responsible for sharing anti-Semitic tweet

Actor John Cusack yells to some Chicago Cubs players before Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday Oct. 26 2016 in Cleveland

Actor John Cusack yells to some Chicago Cubs players before Game 2 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday Oct. 26 2016 in Cleveland

The tweet in question showed a hand with a Star of David pushing people down with the caption "follow the money".

The implication, of course, is that Cusack is "ruled over" by the Jewish people. Cusack then added: "Follow the money".

Many on Twitter were quick to "cancel" Cusack, writing him off as an irredeemable antisemite based on a single tweet - or rather, a single tweet and a series of increasingly freakish apologies.

The tweet, of course, echoes recent anti-Semitic comments made by other rabid progressives, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who tweeted several months about investigating AIPAC, claiming support among her colleagues for certain policies was, "All about the Benjamins".

Page Six reports Cusack first defended the post, arguing it's "not anti semetic" to suggest Israel is "commuting [sic] atrocities against Palestinians", who are "forced to live in an open air prison".

The image was quickly deleted, and Cusack soon told his followers that "a bot got me", explaining that he was trying to endorse a pro-Palestine tweet, and shared the image "without really looking at it". It came, I think, from a different source.

In a later tweet, the freelance reporter added: "His bot excuse is absurd".

The good news is, of course, that the rest of Twitter found the excuse eminently believable. Cusack later claimed that by "bot" he meant "alt right" account.

John Cusack has apologised after coming under fire for an antisemitic tweet.

Interestingly enough, the meme itself isn't even correct.

The quote, frequently misattributed to the French satirist Voltaire, was actually from American white nationalist Kevin Alfred Strom, The Hill noted.

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