Is Donald Trump antisemitic? Or is he so ignorant or unobservant that he reverts to stereotypes? Trump is a bigoted racist in speech and deed, there is no question about that. The only question is whether that extends to antisemitism.
The hairball has made some stereotypical comments about Jews, such as these from his December speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Stupidly, you want to give money. …You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money….I’m a negotiator, like you folks….Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I’ve ever spoken.
However, I would chalk that up more to insensitivity than bigotry.
Also, he has a daughter, Ivanka, who converted to Judaism in 2009. From all accounts, Ivanka is very faithful in following Jewish precepts. And, from all accounts, he’s proud of her.
And, there are statements like this one from January of this year.
I will be very good to Israel. People know that. I have so many friends from Israel. I have won so many awards from Israel. I was even the grand marshal for the Israeli Day Parade a few years ago. So I will back Israel.
Of course, this is the same man that claims Hispanics and Black-Americans love him and will support him at the polls. (So far, I haven’t seen very much evidence of that.)
He does have a bit of a problem with Jewish Zionists. Or rather they have a problem with him. It seems he is not a member of the “Israel can do no wrong” crowd. At the aforementioned Republican Jewish Coalition speech, he suggested that Israelis and Palestinians were equally culpable for the collapse of the peace process. That comment drew quite a few boos from the crowd. He also cautioned against taking hard stands prior to negotiations.
You can’t go in with the attitude ‘we’re gonna shove it down your,’ you’ve got to go in and get it and do and do it nicely, so that everybody’s happy.
Despite what some extremists would like you to believe, taking a more neutral stand on some Israeli issues is not the same as being antisemitic.
That hasn’t stopped other extremist bigots from throwing Jews into the “them” category in the “us vs them” mindset.
And, speaking of those extremists, meet David Duke.
For those of you who weren’t around then or have short attention spans, David is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (1989-92) as well as a candidate for President in 1988 & 1992, Louisiana Senator in 1990 & 1996, Louisiana Governor in 1991 and U.S House in 1999.
He’s also a former Grand Wizard of the KKKK (Knights of the Ku Klux Klan). In 1980, David dumped his robes, put on a suit and formed the NAAWP (National Association for the Advancement of White People). In 2005 he received an honorary PhD from the antisemitic Ukrainian Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (MAUP), an institution that has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as a “University of Hate”
Trump has claimed that he didn’t know who Duke was. However, in 2000, when the DONALD was considering a presidential wannabe run as a Reform Party candidate, he decided not to, because he didn’t want to be associated with Pat Buchanan and his supporter, David Duke. At the time he knew enough to call Duke “a bigot, a racist, a problem.”
Times have changed and now that the hairball’s fan base consists of a large number of white supremacists, Duke has climbed on The DONALD’s bozo wagon. A few days ago, on his radio program, Duke warned his followers not to vote for Trump’s opponents.
Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump, at this point, is really treason to your heritage.
Then on Monday, he explained that if ‘Murica was to survive “Zionists and the Jewish tribal extremists,” Trump must be elected.
We must understand that we are now in a struggle for the survival of European mankind. We must never mince our words about that. We are going down in numbers, all over the world. Mass immigration is going to completely remake our countries, our politics, our values, our religious beliefs, everything in which we identify with; everything and every value we have and the most critical issue facing the United States of America is whether or not we are going to remain an overwhelmingly European nation with the values of western Christian civilization or whether we’re going to become some sort of Third World nation and whether or not we’re going to be continued to be robbed and exploited and oppressed by the ultimate ethnic supremacists, of course, we’re talking about the Zionists and the Jewish tribal extremists.
There is a possible cause for Duke’s statement that has nothing to do with whether Trump is antisemitic. Duke goes on to say,
It’s obvious now to everybody. The top seven Super PACs of Hillary Clinton are all Jewish Zionists. No wonder she’s always supported these insane wars for Israel in the Middle East orchestrated by neocons for the interests of Israel rather than America. We have the same thing going on with the Republican Party today. The only person who has stepped out of that agenda has been Donald Trump .
Duke also commented favorably about Hairball’s stand on “mass immigration” (Code for “non-Europeans.) and “the international bankers.” (“International bankers,” of course, being code for “Damn Jews”) In closing, he admonished his listeners that,
It’s very, very important that he wins this election for both the Republican nomination – and I think it’s important for him to win the presidency of the United States.