Trump statement does not mention anti-Semitism, the Jewish people or even that Hitler and the Nazis had murdered six million Jews.
Trump’s statement begins, “It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.”
“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.”
The statement concludes, “In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”
Sounds like the work of alt-right leader and top adviser Steve Bannon, who didn’t want his children going to school with other Jewish children.
Here’s an excerpt from President Obama’s statement in 2016: “Today, on Yom HaShoah, we solemnly remember the six million Jews and the millions of others murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. We also honor those who survived the Holocaust, many of them spared from death because of the righteous individuals who risked their lives to save Jews and other victims from Nazi persecution. The stories of these survivors and their protectors remind us to confront persecution wherever it arises, and that silence can be an accomplice to evil. They remind us of our duty to counter the rising tide of anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred that threaten the values we hold dear—pluralism, diversity, and the freedoms of religion and expression.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) tweeted about Trump’s concerning statement:
2/2 Puzzling and troubling @WhiteHouse #HolocaustMemorialDay stmt has no mention of Jews. GOP and Dem. presidents have done so in the past. pic.twitter.com/BvZVVoPUSi
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) January 27, 2017
3. This feels 100% Bannon to me–fine to say the Holocaust was bad as long as we start gently moving away from the idea it was about Jews.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 27, 2017
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