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The front page of the Jewish Chronicle has a retro look about it for its 175th anniversary issue, for more reasons than the design.

While the logo and layout harks back to designs of yesteryear, a front page headline reads that Jewish people are concerned following the election of Donald Trump to the office of 45th President of the United States.

Given Trump's history of bigotry and xenophobia, this is unsurprising.

New York Times exit polls showed that Jewish people were the least likely religious group to vote for Trump.

Of Jewish voters recorded in the poll, 71 per cent voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump's rhetoric has frequently been described as fascist, and while many comparisons to 1930s Germany may seem flippant, a front page comparison on the Jewish Chronicle must surely be sobering.

In a recent editorial, the Jewish Chronicle wrote:

It is not an accusation, merely a statement of fact, to describe Donald Trump as a racist, misogynist bully. That such a man can be elected as President of the United States is deeply chilling.

For Jews, there is one specific aspect of his ascendency that is so worrying. His campaign was self-consciously antisemitic. One of his main themes was that a global elite was conspiring against ordinary Americans. This is not only a classic antisemitic meme; the examples cited by Mr Trump were all – every one of them – Jewish, such as George Soros and the President of the Federal Reserve. Anyone who denies this element to Mr Trump’s campaign is living in a self-deluded fantasy.

Fantasy may be an apposite word. Perhaps the past few decades, when the US preserved a global order that destroyed prejudice rather than cementing it, was merely a short-lived fantasy.

With our history, that is a desperate prospect.

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