During the campaign, after the election and now as president, there were claims that President Trump was an anti-Semite. Those claims are what we call in the “mamma loshen” (mother tongue/Yiddish) dreck (which means trash or sh*t, take your pick).
As a Jew who is active in Jewish causes, and has had to fight against anti-Semites, IMHO one of the worst things someone can do is make false charges of Antisemitism. Not only does it weaken the effect of real charges of Antisemitism, but it goes against Jewish law regarding how people should talk about each other.
The latest whispers come from the fact the president was criticized for not commenting about the series of anti-Semitic threats to Jewish Community Centers. He finally commented this past Tuesday and did so very appropriately
“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” Trump said after touring the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Throughout the campaign Trump faced false charges of Antisemitism
There was the infamous Jewish Star tweet that Trump thought was a sheriff’s badge picture. The picture was insensitive because somebody in the campaign should have known it may have caused problems. But the badge was not in the least anti-Semitic (unless of course one is a liberal). If this Trump picture is anti-Semitic, so is every member of the Sheriff’s department in Suffolk County where I live, whose badges are the same shape (and I can assure you they aren’t). Taos New Mexico and San Francisco sheriffs use the exact same shape to name a few.
There were cases of Antisemitism by some of Trump’s alt-right supporters, I faced them as well as others, but not one of those attacks were condoned by the candidate.
After the election, when Steve Bannon was appointed to the administration, it was another opportunity for the left to label the President as a Jew-hater, after all isn’t Bannon anti-Semitic? No Steve Bannon is not anti-Semitic, nor has he ever been.
Two weeks before the election Peter Drier of the Huffington Post made his false and ridiculous charges of anti-Semitism. Dreier claimed:
Trump’s most recent anti-Semitic remarks were in a speech, and a tweet, last week that included this line: “Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special interest friends and her donors.” He didn’t need to use the word “Jew.” This imagery of a global banking cabal will be familiar to anyone who has read The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the anti-Semitic forgery that has fueled anti-Jewish violence for over a century. These are well-known anti-Semitic code words. The speech — typical of Trump’s paranoid conspiracy theories — was designed to fire up Trump’s white nationalist, anti-Semitic base
PUULEESE! So It was OK when Bernie Sanders campaigned on the basis that Hillary was beholden to the big banks? Guess what? The reason Trump didn’t use the word “Jew” was because he wasn’t talking about Jews…
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