- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Liberal actor John Cusack apologized Monday after he faced widespread criticism for sharing an anti-Semitic image that he initially defended.

The “Hot Tub Time Machine” star retweeted a cartoon that showed a giant hand with the Star of David pressing down on a crowd of people with the quote: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” The quote is by notorious white supremacist Alfred Strom, but is incorrectly attributed to Voltaire on the cartoon shared by Mr. Cusack.

And then in his own words, the actor wrote, “Follow the money.”

In multiple now-deleted tweets, Mr. Cusack defended the message as being critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. He later deleted it, claiming that “a bot got me. I thought I was endorsing a pro Palestinian justice retweet — of an earlier post — it came I think from a different source — Shouldn’t Have retweeted.”

After facing a barrage of skepticism over the “bot” explanation, Mr. Cusack said he considers a bot to be the same thing as an “alt-right account.”

Mr. Cusack eventually apologized for the tweet and now said he understands why it’s considered anti-Semitic.

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