So for some unknown reason, the Trumpster finally acknowledged the existence of anti-Semitism, and expressed the view that it “is horrible and it’s going to stop and it has to stop”. He stopped far short of promising to do anything about it, as he has done with any number of other apocalyptic threats he sees in the US: Islamic terrorism, illegal immigration, environmental protection regulations, Meryl Streep, etc.
Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, issued the following statement:
“The president’s sudden acknowledgement of anti-Semitism is a Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration,” Goldstein said in a statement. “His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting anti-Semitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record.”
In case you didn’t know, Anne Frank and her family were denied visas by the US, in large part because the US government significantly tightened visa requirements because they believed that German refugees might be spies or terrorists (the Franks were German, although they had fled to the Netherlands by 1941). Sound familiar?
Ivanka Kushner posted on Facebook yesterday, perhaps about the recent spate of bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country, and somehow managed to be completely opaque about what she was talking about or which group was actually being targeted:
“America is a nation built on the principles of religious tolerance and respect for all faiths,” she wrote. “We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC”.
Do you know what she’s talking about? If you’re not Jewish would you understand the hashtag JCC?