Trump is unleashing a wave of Jew-hating. White evangelical voters are now responsible for an American “unthinkable” — their “president” has made it okay to target the chosen people.
Trump’s first month in office has come with dozens of bomb threats to Jewish organizations, a further unleashing of antisemitism in social media and, in St. Louis over the weekend, the toppling of some 200 tombstones at a Jewish cemetery.
No surprise here: Trump fanned antisemitism through his campaign’s well-documented use of anti-Jewish imagery and stereotypes, topped by his hiring of an ally of the white-nationalist alt-right movement as his chief strategist and the White House’s decision to edit out any reference to Jews in its statement recalling the Holocaust.
White evangelicals love Trump anyway. Thus white evangelicals who voted for Trump will be responsible for every Jew targeted by Trump’/Bannon’s white supremacist friends.
The surge in antisemitism is Trump’s sole doing. If he were concerned to stop it, he would fire white supremacist and pal to Nazis everywhere– Steve Bannon.
And while Bannon’s fans desecrate Jewish graves a fundraiser led by American Muslims just raised more than $80,000 to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery ― more than four times the initial goal. Meanwhile Trump’s fans like Jerry Falwell who “love Israel” stand by as Bannon’s pals unleash an American version of Germany 1938.
The overt racism and hate only begins with the wave of virtually officially sanctioned Bannon Pal’s Jew hating. Trump has “directed” his administration to enforce the nation’s immigration laws ultra-aggressively. Doors will be kicked in by militia thugs in federal uniforms.
As USA-Today reported,
For months, pressure has been building on Trump to repudiate hate groups as critics accused his campaign of providing safe space to white nationalist groups, beginning with its choice of a campaign slogan, “America First,” that was also the name of an organization tied to anti-Semites that urged the United States to appease German Chancellor Adolf Hitler before the U.S. entrance into World War II.
…Critics also say Trump’s campaign promoted anti-Semitic stereotypes and failed to decisively condemn anti-Semitic leaders, including his repeated failure — with four different attempts — during a February 2016 CNN interview to condemn former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. After coming under attack, Trump took to Twitter to say “I disavow” Duke.
… According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s annual census, the number of such groups rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as “the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump.” The “most dramatic growth” was the near-tripling of anti-Muslim groups, from 34 to 101 last year, the group says. Still, the group’s “hate map” also includes a number of black separatist groups.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, Twitter users had viewed language associated with antisemitism more than 10 billion times in 2016, the social media equivalent of a $20 million Super Bowl ad. In a Washington Post article, Twitter disputed the high number, without providing specifics. Trump once in a while pretends he’s not an anti-Semite.
As Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post:
Trump’s belated and perfunctory response to the threats and violence against Jews used the same hollow formula he has used to condemn a long list of ills, from currency manipulation to the decline in coal employment.
“Anti-Semitism is horrible, and it’s going to stop, and it has to stop,” he said Tuesday.
“We are going to stop the drugs from pouring in,” he declared Saturday.
“We’re going to stop crime,” he said Friday. All of it. Even speeding.
On Feb. 9, Trump decreed an immediate and total end to violence against police: “That’s going to stop as of today.”
A database search finds that in recent months Trump has announced that all of the following are “going to stop”: Foreign interventions. Ridiculous trade deals. Terrorism. Nation building. Outsourcing. Illegal immigration. Drugs (all of them). Refugees. Dumping. Subsidies. Currency manipulation. Corruption. Cheating. Gangs. Tax havens. Tax loopholes. The media. Pay bonuses. Globalists. The decline of coal. Foreign aid. Trade deficits. Regime change. Job loss. Heroin deaths. Old people working twoLast week Trump was asked twice on separate occasions about rising anti-Semitism, including by a Jewish reporter in a press conference. He responded by shouting down the reporter and insisting he is “the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”
Last month, Trump came under worldwide fire for the White House statement on International Holocaust Memorial Day that failed to mention the Jewish faith of the millions of “innocent people” who were killed and the antisemitism that led to their slaughter. It was a break with the tradition of past presidential statements.
“They have played footsie with racist and anti-Semitic groups for a long time,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who spoke to i24 News, which broadcasts to the Middle East. “I’m blaming the Trump campaign for setting the mood for it.”
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., asked why it’s taken Trump “so long to even say the word ‘anti-Semitism?’ ” and suggested Trump has been “placating his base.”
The comments bring to a head tensions building since early in Trump’s campaign:
- In a December 2015 speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump seemed to invoke stereotypes about Jews and money often considered anti-Semitic. “You’re not gonna support me even though you know I’m the best thing that could ever happen to Israel. And I’ll be that,” said Trump. “And I know why you’re not going to support me. You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money. Isn’t it crazy?”
- In early July, Trump posted on Twitter an image of the Star of David shape next to a picture of Clinton atop a pile of money, calling her the “most corrupt candidate ever.”
- After coming under fire on social media, Trump deleted the post and replaced it with one that had a circle instead of the six-pointed star shape.
- Then Trump said he should have never taken it down, saying he would have rather defended it as “just a star.”
- Ten days earlier, the image had appeared on a white supremacist message board that included neo-Nazi propaganda and was tweeted out by a Twitter user who had frequently posted racist memes, CNN confirmed.
- • Later, retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, retweeted an anti-Semitic message where he referred to the “corrupt Democratic machine” on a message that said “not anymore Jews” before quickly apologizing.
- Trump was criticized for closing out his campaign with an ad denouncing an international global power structure that featured a number of prominent Jews in the financial industry, including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
The sound of jackboots, shots, screams and children weeping will be the new “American” soundtrack. While Jewish men, women and children and Jewish organizations are being targeted unofficially by Trump’s goons, an entire Christian Hispanic population is about to be rounded up.
Trump is unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.
Those who pick crops, clean rooms, want a better life for their children are now “Jews” too and this is 1938. And the actual Jews here in the USA better start to tremble.
We know what Bannon’s good friends want: White race “purity.” It’s beginning with Hispanics. Trump knows many will be sent back to die as surely as if gas chambers await the Hispanic Christians he’s rounding up. He’s turning federal agencies into the American SS. No matter– This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference offers a speaker lineup of Trump administration heavy-hitters as if these were all fine folks. Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and Kellyanne Conway all are set to address the group Thursday. They will receive a rapturous victory lap.
- to publicize “crimes” by undocumented immigrants;
- strip such immigrants of privacy protections;
- enlist local militarized police officers as enforcers;
- turn cops into thugs; erect new detention facilities (read concentration camps); “discourage” and brutalize asylum seekers;
- and, ultimately, speed up deportations but stripping the law out of the process.
The Trump “policy” also expands a program (pogroms) that encourages officials bypass due process protections such as court hearings.
This is no longer America, rather it is America of the Jim Crow South and German 30s. The new race-based “enforcement policies” put into practice white supremacist language that Trump gleefully used on the campaign trail, and that were built on the outright lie that immigrants cause crime vastly expanding the definition of “criminal aliens” (brown people) and warning that such “unauthorized immigrants” “routinely victimize Americans,” disregard the “rule of law and pose a threat” to people in communities across the United States.
Despite those assertions in the new documents, research shows lower levels of crime among immigrants than among native-born Americans. Trump has thus built this entire state oppression apparatus on racist lies.
White evangelicals are fine with embracing Trump’s fascist antisemitic anti-Hispanic programs. As The Religion News Service reports, seventy-six percent of white American evangelicals supported President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations as well as all refugees, according to Pew Research (59 percent of all Americans disapproved of the order).
The strong evangelical support for Trump’s action is telling in light of a recent letter sent to him and Vice President Mike Pence from 500 evangelical leaders who condemn the executive order. The evangelicals aren’t listening to their leaders who ask for moderation. The rank and file are white supremacists in lock-step with Trump/Bannon hatred of the gospel.
The letter was signed by Tim Keller (author and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church), Richard Mouw (former president of Fuller Theological Seminary), Max Lucado (author), Bill Hybels (founder of Willow Creek Community Church) and Shirley Hoogstra (president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities), to name only a few of the prominent evangelicals who endorsed its message.
The fact that so many mainstream evangelical leaders opposed Trump’s order, while 76 percent of their followers supported it, is further evidence of the way politics — particularly the Trump candidacy — has destroyed American evangelicalism.
The evangelical grass-roots support of Trump’s travel ban sheds light on the fact that they are more in tune with the white alt-right Nazi movement than with anything even resembling what would have been called Christianity even 10 years ago.
And so it goes… just like clockwork ... Bigotry always wants a new victim to blame and then kill. The Jews and Hispanics are just the start, Trump has just approved the reversal of an Obama administration order that allowed transgender students to use the restroom of their gender identity.
The theocracy looms… Marriage equality is next to go. Brown people, Jews, gays… all that’s left is to add the gypsies, and we’ll have a clean sweep. The federal government is setting up detention camps for the “illegals” and all we need to figure out is who else will be added to the list.
Will “so-called” judges stand up please!
Will gay Americans find themselves in the detention centers set up for immigrants?
Will Jews be safe in Trump’s America?
When will Bannon’s goons come to your neighborhood?
When will Trump pardon the first lynch mob?
And what are you going to do about this?