President Donald Trump issued a heartfelt, meaningful statement on Friday to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, but critics – including Sen. Tim Kaine – are crying foul. They contend that Trump offended victims of the Nazi regime because he did not specifically mention the Jewish victims in his statement.
“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust,” Trump said. “It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”
On Meet the Press, Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 election, said the statement reeked of anti-semitism.
“You have the chief political adviser in the White House, Steve Bannon, who is connected with a news organization that traffics in white supremacy and anti-semitism, and they put out a Holocaust statement that omits any mention of Jews,” Kaine said. “This is what Holocaust denial is. It’s either to deny that it happened or many Holocaust deniers acknowledge – oh, yeah, people were killed and it was a lot of innocent people, Jews weren’t targeted – and the fact that they did that and imposed this religious test on Muslims in the executive orders on the same day is not a coincidence.”
The White House denied any darker reading of Trump’s statement. In an interview with CNN, spokesperson Hope Hicks said the president phrased his words in such a way that the non-Jewish victims of the Third Reich would not be excluded from remembrance.
“Despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered,” Hicks said Saturday.
Ronald Lauder of the World Jewish Congress said it was unnecessary for groups like the Anti-Defamation League to turn Trump’s statement into a controversy.
“It does no honor to the millions of Jews murdered in the Holocaust to play politics with their memory,” Lauder said. “There are enough real anti-Semitism and true threats facing the Jewish people today. Our community gains nothing if we reach a point where manufactured outrages reduce public sensitivity to the real dangers we confront.”
Sadly, none of this backlash has anything to do with helping the Jewish community. It’s just another lame shot from leftists who are going to attack President Trump every day and in every way. These are the same leftists who despise Israel, so spare us the sudden concern about anti-semitism. Trump could have flat-out denied the Holocaust ever happened and it wouldn’t have hurt the Jewish community as much as the Iran nuclear deal.
Oh well. Onward we go.