Native fascists and Bundists embraced anti-Semitism to spread dissension among the American people. In countless speeches, articles and broadcasts, American anti-Semites accused Jews of leading imaginary world takeovers, and of plotting economic and political chaos through New Deal programs. Fascists built this campaign of hatred upon centuries of irrational accusations. They characterized Jews as materialistic, power hungry, dishonest and immoral.
Hitler added to anti-Semitism one unique, but deadly factor: racism. Nazis theorized that Jews possessed indelible characteristics that prevented them from ever becoming an acceptable part of society. Therefore, faced with a hopeless situation, Hitler used racial anti-Semitism to justify the Final Solution.
Leon C. De Aryan, editor of the San Diego newspaper, The Broom, parroted Hitler's racial theories: "A Jew is a Jew. Period. He is not an American, he is not a white man...he is a Jew, a peculiar, special creature of his own who stands out and apart." American anti-Semites applauded Hitler's insight into the "Jewish Problem" and urged the adoption of his tactics in America to control the Jew. Jews became the scapegoats for the fear and uncertainty following the Great Depression.