Tuesday, April 11, 2017
re: a pattern of anti-Semitism
Friend -- what I'm about to share with you is shocking and tone-deaf.
During today's press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer casually dismissed the history of the Holocaust, denying that Hitler "gassed his own people" and claiming that he "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."
Even if this was a case of simple ignorance, there has been a vein of anti-Semitism running through the Trump administration since Day One.
Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried-and-true tactic used by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president. Some of those groups were quick to heap praise on Spicer for his comments today, just as they did when the White House failed to mention the Jewish community in their statement marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The Trump administration has similarly dismissed the rise in hate crimes since Trump was elected, the increase in bomb threats against Jewish community centers, and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries. At a recent press conference, Donald Trump personally called the Jewish reporter asking about these acts of hatred a liar.
And Trump has elevated white supremacists to senior positions in his administration. At one point, he even rearranged the National Security Council to include his white supremacist chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
Rejecting and denouncing anti-Semitism from the White House is a low-enough bar that even this administration can clear.
The Trump administration must apologize for this outrageous statement and their pattern of anti-Semitism, and fire white supremacists like Steve Bannon. Now.
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