YouTube Bans Anti-Semitic Channel TruNews After Founder Calls Trump Impeachment 'Jew Coup'

Anti-Semitic conspiracy news outlet TruNews was permanently banned from YouTube Thursday, after repeatedly violating the website's rules regarding hate speech.

TruNews was founded by right-wing pastor Rick Wiles, who also leads the Flowing Springs Church in Vero Springs, Florida. The site, which includes an accompanying radio show and streaming video news program, deems itself "the world's leading news source that reports, analyzes, and comments on global events and trends with a conservative, orthodox Christian worldview."

YouTube had previously placed temporary bans on the organization. A video they removed in November 2019 was later reported on by several media outlets, due to Wiles claiming in the video that the House impeachment of President Donald Trump was a "Jew coup" that could lead to "civil war" by Christmas time.

"That's the way the Jews work," said Wiles in the video. "They are deceivers. They plot, they lie, they do whatever they have to do to accomplish their political agenda. This impeach Trump movement is a Jew coup."

The news was announced Thursday in a tweet by the channel.

TruNews has been banned permanently from Youtube.

— TruNews™ (@TruNews) February 20, 2020

Wiles has frequently made outlandish statements and suggestions concerning Trump. One month prior to the "Jew coup" video, he used his program to warn that "veterans, cowboys, mountain men [and] guys who know how to fight" would violently "hunt down" Democrats if Trump was removed from office.

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Sign with logos for Google and the Google-owned video streaming service YouTube at company headquarters in Mountain View, California on April 14, 2018. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty

Although TruNews has vigorously defended the president in recent times, it has not always been that way. Prior to the election of Trump, Wiles slammed former President Barack Obama's attempts to fight ISIS while praising Russia on the TruNews radio show, claiming that Obama was secretly a Muslim and that "God is on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's side."

More recently, Wiles has deemed the coronavirus God's "death angel," insisting during a January 27 broadcast that it would reap divine retribution for China's "Godless communist government," before moving on to wreak havoc on American society, which he said was guilty of crimes of "spiritual rebellion" that included "transgendering little children."

The program also claimed that "the transgender rights movement is a Zionist plot to make all of humanity androgynous" during a February 14 broadcast. The conspiracy is said to involve "putting specific things in food, in drink" with the ultimate goal of "undoing God's creation" by making people androgynous.

TruNews was the subject of additional media attention in January, after it was revealed that the White House had provided them press credentials during Trump's January visit to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. The outlet once asked the president a question during a press conference and Wiles has claimed several other invitations from the White House.

Newsweek contacted the White House for comment and to see if there were any further plans to offer TruNews press credentials but did not receive a response in time for publication.