Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Trump administration and antisemitism

Today, at Trump's press conference with Netanyahu, he was asked a very sharp question about the rise of antisemitism in the United States.
Mr. President, since your election campaign and even after your victory, we’ve seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States.  And I wonder what you say to those among the Jewish community in the States, and in Israel, and maybe around the world who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones.
Trump didn't answer the question. The only thing he said about Jews was about his own family:
As far as people, Jewish people, so many friends; a daughter who happens to be here right now; a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren.
Netanyahu picked up the ball:
But I’ve known the President and I’ve known his family and his team for a long time, and there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.  I think we should put that to rest.
This is supposed to make Jews in the United States feel safer? Our president utterly ignores a question about antisemitism, which has risen during and after the election. Some Jews always say at this point - "oh, but what about his Jewish daughter and son-in-law?" Well, what about them? Are they doing anything to make life safer for Jews in the United States? I see no evidence for that.

And as for Netanyahu - he's giving Trump a hechsher because he happens to have known him for a long time? He doesn't speak for the Jewish people. Netanyahu only speaks for himself and his political ambitions.


Yesterday, Stephen Miller, senior policy advisor and speechwriter for Trump, liked a tweet posted by David Duke. Miller follows Duke on Twitter. Miller is Jewish. Why on earth is he liking something posted by David Duke, notorious Neo-Nazi antisemite?

Miller follows Duke on Twitter, along with Wikileaks, and a lot of different Trump accounts:

Duke just tweeted this today:

What does Miller think about this? - Duke is putting down his boss. 


And for those who think this is much ado about nothing, a post from a friend on Facebook. A school in Boca Raton, Florida (where she lives) was defaced with swastikas and "Heil Hitler." Apparently the school administration there is doing its best to sweep the incident under the rug.

1 comment:

  1. People feel as though it is now permissible somehow to show their hatred and stupid religious prejudices. When stories are taught as historical "truth" rather than the interpretive literature which they are we all in trouble.