|White House spokesperson, Sean Spicer, hits Anne Frank Center |
for not praising Donald Trump, (Salon),(CNN). Replied the Frank
Center executive director, Steven Goldstein, to Salon Magazine:
"The audacity of Sean Spicer to demand from the podium that
the Anne Frank Center salute this president for his pathetic attempts
to recognize anti-Semitism. ... What universe are these
people living in?"
Said Trump reading his statement from a teleprompter, "This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms. The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil."
What an ass, this anti-Semitic piece of human filth.
Fortunately, major civil rights organizations refuse to normalize Trump, and recoil at the notion they should take at face value the words of an openly racist administration dotted with open anti-Semites.
The new message of civil rights from the Trump adminstration follows a recent spate of anti-Semitic bomb threats, and desecrations in the Midwest inflicted at a historically Jewish cemetery, met with a yawning response from the young presidency.
Vice-president Mike Pence paid a surprise visit this week to the desecrated cemetery in Missouri in an effort at further damage control as perceptions harden that the administration's alliances with white supremacists and anti-Semites will continue.
Coming from east-central Wisconsin, this writer assures readers the Trump administration's continuing stroking of, and obsequious posture toward anti-Semites is accomplished willfully and is carefully crafted; which is to say anti-Semitism still plays well in rural America, emphatically in Wisconsin.
|Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect condemns |
Donald Trump, (Twitter)
Feb. 21, 2017 statement from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect executive director, Steven Goldstein:
"The President's sudden acknowledgment is a Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism 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 anti-Semitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record. Make no mistake: The anti-Semitism 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 Anti-Semitism 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."
Feb. 22, 2017 statement of Steven Goldstein, made in reply to the White House spokesperson's public condemnation of Goldstein for his failure to praise Donald Trump in Goldstein's Feb. 21 above statement, (Salon Magazine):
"The audacity of Sean Spicer to demand from the podium that the Anne Frank Center salute this president for his pathetic attempts to recognize anti-Semitism. The imagery is callous at best and constitutes dark prejudice at worst. What has become of our democracy, that a press secretary for the president — let alone the president himself — expects applause simply for saying that anti-Semitism exists? Next President Trump will announce that the United States has achieved the first landing of a person on the moon and also expect us to applaud. What universe are these people living in"
He also said the president has repeatedly called out anti-Semitism. When? When? This weekend passed, including this Sunday, during which over a hundred graves were desecrated, and on Monday bomb threats were made to eleven Jewish community centers, and he remained silent. Then he read a statement with all the passion of a B-grade actor auditioning for a high school play. You looked at him and it didn’t look like he could even connect to the words — and this is a president who rarely reads anything prepared — and the one chance he gets to speak about anti-Semitism, he needs notes!"
"When will our nation get fed up with this president trotting out the religion of his daughter and his son-in-law as a talking point shield against the anti-Semitic conduct of his administration? So what if his daughter is Jewish and his son-in-law is Jewish? That’s like saying some of our best daughters are Jewish. By this logic, his daughter is also a woman, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a misogynist."