Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Donald Trump, employer of anti-Semites and neo-Nazis at the highest level (I really wish someone would punch Steve Bannon in the face), had a statement:
A statement from President Trump marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day omitted any mention of Jews or anti-Semitism, a departure from recent bipartisan precedent set by previous presidents.
The statement calls for remembrance of “victims, survivors, heroes,” but nowhere does it mention the millions of Jewish people killed during the Holocaust, nor does it mention the ideology of anti-Semitism that led to the killings.
Here’s the statement from Trump in full: “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.”
Hmmm, what’s missing? Holocaust, Nazis, death, horror . . . OMG, he forgot the Jews! And the anti-Semitism! What could POSSIBLY have caused this to happen? Perplexity ensued.
In a series of tweets, Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, noted the omissions.
“@WhiteHouse statement on #HolocaustMemorialDay, misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just ‘innocent people,’ ” Greenblatt tweeted. “Puzzling and troubling @WhiteHouse #HolocaustMemorialDay stmt has no mention of Jews. GOP and Dem. presidents have done so in the past.”
Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, was also critical of the White House statement.
“President Trump’s statement today for International Holocaust Remembrance Day makes NO MENTION of Jews,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Come on, guys, we know why this happened. Because the neo-Nazis and the anti-Semites would have been mad at poor, sad Donald, and right now he needs all the friends he can get, even if they are deserving of getting punched in the face. Maybe even twice on the same day. Causing all of Twitter to lose its shit simultaneously.
But I digress. Back to the Holocaust. Trump, having no friends but for Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon, and Richard Spencer, didn’t want to make them mad by actually acknowledging the historical fact that the Holocaust is about Jews, more specifically the six million of them who, y’know, DIED? So while Trump is cool with fact free claims about important stuff like how many people came to his party and how loudly the CIA agents cheered for him when he gave his offensive speech, fact based claims that give his Nazi friends a sad are just. not. acceptable.
And as for Fred Brown of the Republican Jewish Coalition, there’s a special place in hell for guys like you who consort with these latter day fascists.
“It’s outrageous that people are using Holocaust Remembrance Day for partisan reasons or to try and settle scores,” Brown said in a statement. “The horrors of the Holocaust are not to be taken lightly. We must never forget the millions of Jews who suffered at the hands of hate, and the heroes who died fighting it.”
“Outrageous” is the eight word, pal, but you need to look in the mirror for the guy who deserves the label. You’re a repugnant traitor.
1,454 days to go. Each night before I go to bed, I pray before a picture of the 25th Amendment. Yes, one week in and already Mike Pence is looking like the sane alternative. Way to go, Republicans!