After days of bizarre and even paranoid responses to reporters’ questions about the wave of anti-Semitic attacks throughout America, Donald Trump finally told Craig Melvin of MSNBC that they were “horrible.” As Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center pointed out on MSNBC’s 11th Hour with Brian Williams,”that and 50 cents” will get you a cup of coffee. Of course Potok was dating himself as it won’t even get you a coffee.
The most bizarre episode is when a frum [Frum (Yiddish פֿרום; [frum. | frim]), meaning “devout” or “pious,” is a Yiddish adjective. To be frum means to be committed to the observance of Jewish religious law that often exceeds the bare requirements of Halakha, the collective body of Jewish religious laws] reporter from Ami Magazine, Jake Turx, asked Trumelthinskin a polite and frankly sympathetic question about what he was going to do about anti-Semitic attacks. Pointing out with reverence and respect that Trump was “Zayde” [a Yiddish word for grandfather which in this instance conferred great cultural respect] to Jewish children, what Jake got for his efforts was a dose of vitriol from Donald who weirdly interpreted it as an attack on himself, personally. Watch the exchange for yourself: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/ywn-videos/526481/watch-this-trump-slams-frum-reporter-turx-in-press-conference-calls-his-question-insulting.html
The defense against charges of anti-Semitism by Trump amounts to my daughter is Jewish so I can’t hate Jews. Maybe not, but he’s still bigoted and prejudiced openly spouting offensive stereotypes to Jews in their face. When he appeared before the Jewish Republican Coalition in December 2015 he tells them:
“Look, I’m a negotiator like you folks; we’re negotiators,” he said, criticizing President Obama’s Middle East policies and nuclear deal with Iran. “And by the way, did you ever see a negotiation take so long?”
“This room negotiates perhaps more than any room I’ve spoken to, maybe more,” he said. [http://www.npr.org/2015/12/03/458329895/trump-to-jewish-republicans-im-a-negotiator-like-you-folks]
I’ve got news for you, we’re not all a bunch of Shylocks which is the stereotype that makes Jews cringe when we hear stuff like that from Gentiles. When you put it in the context of Trump being grandson of a draft dodging pimp and son of a KKK member, Trump sounds more like what we call “trailer park Goyim” than a college educated real estate mogul when he says things like this.
What a President, any President, Should
Say about Anti-Semitic Terrorism
On May 2005 Joe Navarro, recently retired FBI profiler, keynoted the California Association of Licensed Investigators conference in Reno and explained that 89% of all terrorism in America is domestic terrorism by white supremacist/Neo-Nazi groups. Eighty Nine Percent! In spite of all the public hoopla, the other 11% is actually considered by professionals to be statistically insigificant. Navarro spent 25 years as an FBI agent and supervisor in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism and he would know. At subsequent seminars I’ve attended under the auspices of POALAC (Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County) and the FBI sponsored InfraGard it has been consistently pointed out that this statistical analysis remains sound.
So why haven’t you heard this loudly and clearly from the White House under any President….or congress?
Because there’s more money to be made by those who can employ lobbyists for the government to spend money protecting us from a statistically insignificant threat.
What we need is a President and a Congress to redirect resources against the real 89% threat from right-wing extremists.
COMMENT FROM HARRIET ELLIOTT: