Trump Refuses to Denounce the Recent Spike in Anti-Semitic Attacks
Trump is the exception to Godwin’s Rule. While it’s true that you shouldn’t use the Hitler analogy too much Trump is the one case where it’s legitimate.
Trump is not exactly like Hitler. A big difference is that we have a much stronger democratic culture and civil society than Germany Circa 1932. We’ve already seen the strength in our system with the rise of the anti Trump #Resistance-yesterday was Not My President Day; Hope you enjoyed it-in the court system, in the media,and in the intel agencies and other government bureaucracies.
Still, we shouldn’t be lulled into complacency. As we speak ICE border control has largely been turned into a Gestapo force that deported over 200 people last week alone. The raids are a real thing. Just how cruel they are is demonstrated by a new Trump policy where parents that try to get their children in are being cracked down on; Trump and his bigoted friends call them ‘smugglers.’
One ignorant way that Trump apologists try to defend him is to say that Trump isn’t anti Jewish like Hitler was. This is to read things too literally. You can argue that in Trump’s symbolic universe. Muslims occupy the place Jews did for Hitler.
And don’t forget that the defining feature of the Alt Right is anti Semitism as typified by Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller who are just running Trump’s foreign policy.
Since Trump’s rise, we’ve had the increase of vile anti Semitic tweets-how else did ((( ))) become a thing-and we had the bizarre way Trump commemorated National Holocaust Day-‘To all those who were killed in the Holocaust.’
That same day he started the Muslim ban.
Meanwhile, there is a spike in anti Semitic violence.
At Trump’s joint press conference with Netanyahu, someone asked Trump about the rise of such violence and his answer was
1. I won a great electoral victory.
2. My son in law is Jewish so obviously I’m no anti Semite.
Bibi had nothing to say, of course. He could care less about Jews being targeted in America. He just wants support for his country. He has often tried to us the anti Semitic card for anyone who criticizes the state of Israel. But with real anti Semitic violence, has has nothing to say.
And we have the strange silence of Trump. Just like he didn’t know who David Duke was that time. or just like the Jews didn’t come up on National Holocaust Day, Trump is refusing to criticize the recent spate of anti Semitic attacks.
— Terrell Lewis (@SgBz) February 21, 2017
As for what’s going on, a pair of headlines on the front page of the Washington Post say it all. One headline reads:’
“For a Trump adviser, an odyssey from the fringes of Washington to the center of power/”
“For years, Gorka had labored on the fringes of Washington and the far edge of acceptable debate as defined by the city’s Republican and Democratic foreign policy elite. Today, the former national security editor for the conservative Breitbart News outlet occupies a senior job in the White House and his controversial ideas — especially about Islam — drive Trump’s populist approach to counterterrorism and national security.”
“Amid the cheering, music and confetti that night, Gorka talked about Trump’s opening shot in a high-stakes civilizational war, still in its early days.”
The subtitle was: Will Breibart be a force in the new era?
Right below the headline was another:
Jewish cemetery vandalized. Jewish centers threatened. ADL calls on Trump to ‘step forward’.
Meanwhile arch ‘Zionists’ like Netanyahu and Alan Dershowitz have little to say about this spike in anti Semitism. Dershowitz in recent years, it seems, has more and more taking to construing the interests of Jews as absolute support for anything Israel does.
Dershowitz is busy instructing Trump how he can make his noxious Muslim ban work rather than urging him to do something about the spike in anti Semitic attacks.
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