A week into his presidency Donald Trump released a statement acknowledging International Holocaust Remembrance Day. His 132-word statement was remarkable in that it managed to mention “the victims, survivors (and) heroes of the Holocaust” without mentioning Jews and without mentioning anti-semitism.
“How can you forget, Mr. President, that six million Jews were murdered because they were Jews?” Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center, said in response to Trump’s statement. “You chose the vague phrase ‘innocent people.’ They were Jews, Mr. President.”
On Saturday, Aug. 5, the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., was firebombed. Trump has said nothing — nor has he tweeted anything — about that mosque being attacked. And instead of acknowledging that Trump should have said something, the White House has, instead, defended his silence.
Deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka told MSNBC Tuesday (Aug. 8) “There’s a great rule: All initial reports are false. You have to check them; you have to find out who the perpetrators are. We’ve had a series of crimes committed — alleged hate crimes by right-wing individuals in the last six months — that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left. So let’s wait and see, let’s allow the local authorities to provide their assessments, and then the White House will make its comments.“
Trump is not cautious. Trump is not thoughtful. Trump is not careful to make sure he doesn’t misspeak. He does not wait to know all the facts. He is impulsive. Unscripted. He lets his emotions guide him. So if he hasn’t expressed…
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