Anti-Semitism a Grave Problem

Stephen Bannon and Donald Trump (R-NY)

Stephen Bannon and
Donald Trump (R-NY)

(University City, MO — February 21, 2017) – Donald Trump (R-NY) today used the words “horrible” and “painful” to describe anti-Semitic violence, while at the same time evidence mounted that his Sicherheitspolizei – a branch of his Trumpist Brownshirts – were responsible for some of the same radical anti-Semitic terrorism he decried.

The comments came days after Chancellor Squirrelhead missed the opportunity to lambaste anti-Semitism, instead insulting and humiliating an Orthodox Jewish reporter at a press conference – while proclaiming himself to be “the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”

Days before that, he had another opportunity to address the issue of anti-Semitism – in front of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – but instead went off on a diatribe on how he won the Electoral College in Election 2016.

Additionally, Chancellor Squirrelhead’s comments came hours after Hillary Clinton (D-NY) used Twitter to say that “everyone” – including the @POTUS Twitter – needs to speak out against the recent rash of anti-Semitic attacks in America:

Hillary Clinton: "JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS."

Indicating that Chancellor Squirrelhead had come late to the party, Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, used both Facebook and Twitter to blast his sudden caring about anti-Semitism:

@POTUS Twitter @realDonaldTrump Twitter do not make us Jews settle for crumbs of condescension. What are you going to do about #Antsemitism Twitter @WhiteHouse Twitter

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

“The President’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration. His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record. Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration. The White House repeatedly refused to mention Jews in its Holocaust remembrance, and had the audacity to take offense when the world pointed out the ramifications of Holocaust denial. And it was only yesterday, President’s Day, that Jewish Community Centers across the nation received bomb threats, and the President said absolutely nothing. When President Trump responds to Antisemitism proactively and in real time, and without pleas and pressure, that’s when we’ll be able to say this President has turned a corner. This is not that moment.”

Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, University City (MO)

Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery

Press Secretary of the Week Sean Spicer responded to Goldstein in claiming that Chancellor Squirrelhead doesn’t consider Anne Frank to be a hero because he likes people who weren’t captured by the Nazis. Spicer also bemoaned that Chancellor Squirrelhead’s statements were never “good enough” for his critics.

What prompted Chancellor Squirrelhead to actually talk about anti-Semitism when confronted by anti-Semitism? Over the weekend, at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery here in University City, at least 170 gravestones were overturned in the cemetery’s oldest section – graves that go back as far as the late 1880s. The Jewish cemetery, where at least 20,000 are buried, was started in 1888 by the Russian Jewish community in St. Louis.

This is just the latest high-profile example of anti-Semitism in America. The Anti-Defamation League reported yesterday on a fourth round of bomb threats against Jewish targets in 2017.

Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery Perpetrator

Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery Perpetrator

“It’s probably hard for Chancellor Squirrelhead to address anti-Semitism because he’s got [Chief Strategist Stephen] Bannon next to him at all times,” said a political strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And we know full-well about Bannon’s anti-Semitism.

“We’ve had anti-Semites in the White House before. We’ve just never had a right-wing anti-Semite in the White House before.”

In fact, the Bannon connection is what made Chancellor Squirrelhead’s comments so surprising. Late-breaking video from the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery shows some of the perpetrators. One in particular looks eerily familiar.

“The face definitely rings a bell,” said a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It remains to be seen if the White House will take any action. My guess is that it won’t.

“I’m thinking that the White House is hoping that this ‘anti-Semitism thing’ will go away on its own. But as we’ve seen with the Bowling Green Massacre, the Atlanta Massacre, the Slaughter at Fraggle Rock, and the Swedish Massaker, these things tend to linger.”