Saturday, January 28, 2017

Offending The Jews Via Overly PC Statements: Trump Doubles Down On Holocaust Remembrance Day

Donald Trump was never someone I was going to respect. For myriad reasons too exhausting to list, I have no respect for him. This isn't news to those of you who follow me on any of my social media.

But I was willing to give him a chance - which he tested over and over in the weeks leading up to his inauguration. Which he continues to test with his incessant whining on Twitter, his ego-centered complaints, his inability to focus on the bigger picture when he might be perceived as *gasp* less than popular with everyone.

Which he's run out of, in my view, based on his offensive omission in a statement made Friday.

I haven't written about him because there's just so much to write, I have vented on social media.

Tonight, I am compelled to put it into writing because I find this cathartic, and because I need to put this down in a comprehensive fashion. I am writing after having read a follow-up to a story that began my anger on Friday.

Yesterday - Friday -  January 27, was Holocaust Remembrance Day. A solemn day in which the world actively takes time to remember the murders of 6,000,000 Jews. The murderous regime of the Nazis whose "Final Solution" was spurred by their rabid hatred, their anti-Semitism, and their goal of ridding the world of Jews.

The White House released a statement:
It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.
Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎ As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.
In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.

This is counter to every other statement made by ANY government regarding the Holocaust. Because there is no mention of Jews, and no mention of anti-Semitism.

Trumpists have defended him, claiming it's not a big deal. I didn't expect anything more from those who aligned with an anti-Semite, white supremacist, womanizer.

The intelligent of the world, however, are incensed - rightfully so.

The executive director of the Anne Frank Center spoke out:

The executive director of the Anne Frank Center, Steven Goldstein, similarly scolded the president: “How can you forget, Mr President, that six million Jews were murdered because they were Jews? You chose the vague phrase ‘innocent people.’ They were Jews, Mr President.”

The director of the Anti-Defamation League tweeted:

In 2015, even Barack Obama's statement mentioned anti-Semitism. And I write that as someone who knows that Obama's 8 years in office eroded the USA-Israel relationship steadily from Day 1, and that he had a less-than-warm relationship with the Jewish community.

Trump's omission was not well received by many around the world, Jewish groups and non-Jews alike.

Earlier Saturday evening, facing a great deal of backlash about the omission, the White House spokesperson issued a statement:

“Despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered,” administration spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN.
To support her jaw-dropping statement, Hicks apparently sent over a link to a Huffington Post UK story that talks about the 5 million people—including “gay people, priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, and resistance fighters”—who were killed by the Nazis in addition to 6 million Jews.
When Hicks was asked directly whether the White House was worried about offending other groups targeted by the Nazis, she simply said: “It was our honor to issue a statement in remembrance of this important day.”
 We know what that "direct question" was addressing, asking Hicks if they were worried about offending other groups.

Two words: political correctness.

Throughout the campaign, Trump lifted himself above the rest of the crowd by claiming he was not politically correct. Except, he used that line when he was called out for referring to Ted Cruz as a "pu**y", and much of the other offensive language he was caught using.

That isn't political incorrectness: that's offensive. Profanity isn't something that is political, it's just bad manners.

No, here's the definition for political correctness:

("  conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated") - Merriam Webster

So, by not mentioning Jews in regards to the Holocaust, because others were also victims, it really reeks of PC eggshells to me.

Why mention the Jews?

  • Because I'm all but certain that gay people, priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah's Witnesses, anarchists, Poles, and other Slavic people, and resistance fighters don't associate the Holocaust with themselves just by hearing the word. But for Jews, it is a shared identity, whether or not we were there, lost family, or survived it. 

Our people were targeted for elimination by a madman and his henchmen, spurred on by those who were rabid followers of his doctrine, and enabled by some in the international community.

  • Because the Final Solution was ONLY about the Jewish population. And while there were 5,000,000 others, it is a fact that 6,000,000 were EXCLUSIVELY Jewish and killed for that very reason.
  • The single largest group targeted for genocide. Anti-Semitism is synonymous with the Holocaust. That's why so many people are actually surprised to find out about the other 5,000,000. They don't know the final number was above 11 million.

So, instead of NOT offending the others who were murdered, this fledgling administration has offended the Jewish community, one that his followers will swear he supports, and loves, and will protect.

To those followers and defenders, I say: you've been suckered in.

Trump's daughter converted to Judaism. His grandkids, by her, are Jewish. His favorite son-in-law is Jewish. To his supporters, this is proof positive that he is pro-Israel.

I wonder what kind of anti-gravity shoes these people have, to leap to such a conclusion. It's akin to saying "some of my best friends are..." in defense of a racism charge.

Trump loves his daughter (in an eerie creepy pervy way, but that's another piece altogether). I'm sure he loves her kids too. But that doesn't mean one can generalize his feelings for every Jewish person in the Universe, AND Israel too.

And he sealed my suspicions by not only omitting the Jews from his Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, but by doubling down and saying it was to be inclusive of others.

His "inclusiveness" doesn't include Muslims, though, as his January 28th Executive Order was carried out (and then successfully challenged).

Trump is not a friend of Israel. He's sending his Orthodox son-in-law to negotiate peace (as though Mahmoud Abbas will sit down with a  Jew to negotiate for a Jewish State). Jared Kushner has no experience in foreign policy. His only qualification for this job is his religion.

Again, that's Trump's grade-school "intelligence", in his logic, 2 + 2 = potato.

Not everyone who is Jewish has the ability to negotiate something that has been tried by greater men than Kushner ever will be.

But Trump is keen on sending Kushner to the Middle East because Trump wants the feather in his cap, the "victory". Trump has stated that he is "neutral" on the issue of Israel and the "Palestinians" - something that alarmed me from the beginning.

And now, omitting the Jews from his statement on the Holocaust. To me, this is more infuriating than I can describe.

But it's some Jews themselves who somehow think this isn't a big deal. The same Jews - at least the Canadians I know - who railed against Trudeau a year ago when he didn't mention it.

Have I used the word "hypocrites" yet here? Because I am seeing it unfold before my eyes. It is as glaring as the omission both this year, and last, American, and Canadian.

And it is quite unacceptable.

There are many battles I choose to ignore. There are many issues I debate on Facebook and Twitter, without devoting my time and my efforts to a piece outlining my views.

This one is too big, too infuriating, too predictable, and too telling to ignore.

Edit: Just had this out with a Trump-supporter on Facebook whose words to me were: "Does he HAVE to mention Jews in his statement?"

On Holocaust Remembrance Day?? Is he KIDDING? Do we HAVE to mention the black community in a Civil Rights statement, or on Martin Luther King Day?

This is the kind of blind indoctrination we are seeing, folks, and it is frightening. It's history repeating itself and it will not end well if it isn't addressed right away.

Your thoughts - keep it civil - are welcome.

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