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Friday, February 3, 2017

NOW I'm Ready to Use the A-Word

"Anti-Semitic." As in, "This White House is Anti-Semitic."

From Politico (h/t Caroline O.):

The State Department drafted its own statement last month marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day that explicitly included a mention of Jewish victims, according to people familiar with the matter, but President Donald Trump’s White House blocked its release.
The existence of the draft statement adds another dimension to the controversy around the White House’s own statement that was released on Friday and set off a furor because it excluded any mention of Jews.

It sure does add another dimension.

A White House official said there was no ill intent, adding that the White House didn’t  bysee State’s draft until after issuing its own statement and told State not to release its version because it came after 7 p.m. And the official said the White House didn't ask the State Department to craft their own statement.
Officials at the State Department, however, believed the statement was being drafted for the White House to use, people familiar with the matter said. 

I think it's safe to say that when you hear conflicting stories from two sides and one is fascist, you deny the fascist side the benefit of the doubt.

The Republican Jewish Coalition and the Zionist Organization of America, both funded by influential donor Sheldon Adelson, each also scolded the White House for its Holocaust message.
"The lack of a direct statement about the suffering of the Jewish people during the Holocaust was an unfortunate omission. History unambiguously shows the purpose of the Nazi's final solution was the extermination of the Jews of Europe,” the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Fred Brown said in the statement. “We hope, going forward, he conveys those feelings when speaking about the Holocaust."
“Especially as a child of Holocaust survivors, I and ZOA are compelled to express our chagrin and deep pain at President Trump, in his Holocaust Remembrance Day Message, omitting any mention of anti-Semitism and the six million Jews who were targeted and murdered by the German Nazi regime and others,” the ZOA’s Mort Klein said.

If Mort Klein is throwing shade about anti-Semitic activity by a Republican President, that says something

It's beyond Bannon. We are now governed by an anti-Semitic administration.

I just donated to the ADL for the first time in my life.

UPDATE (2/3/2017, 2:14 PM): Speaking of donations, here's another extremely important cause to give to at this time.