Is Trump’s Administration Anti-Semitic?

It hasn’t even been a full two weeks since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, but readers would likely agree it has felt much longer — especially considering how quickly his administration has implemented new policies.

Though much attention has been justifiably fixated on Trump’s controversial executive order that put a hold on the entrance of individuals from seven Muslim-majority nations, it is not all the White House has been up to. Trump and company have been quite busy.

Over the past weekend, Trump signed yet another order, this time elevating his chief campaign strategist, Steve Bannon, to a position on the National Security Council, or NSC. Like many of the new president’s recent actions, this decision has been met widely by skepticism and outrage, in part due to Bannon’s utter lack of qualifications for such a role — one usually reserved for individuals with military or intelligence experience.

The executive order also restructures the NSC, giving Bannon more authority than the joint chiefs of staff.

Bannon is perhaps best known for his previous role as chairman of Brietbart News, a website that, under his tenure, became well established for its misogynistic and white nationalist content.

Since joining Trump’s campaign, the former Brietbart News chief has faced accusations of xenophobia, including anti-Semitism. In August, Bannon’s ex-wife stated that her former husband had balked at the idea of sending their children to a particular school because of the apparently large number of Jewish students in attendance.

Since news broke of Trump’s Muslim ban, speculation has run rampant that Bannon was actually behind the order. Given his controversial views, Americans are understandably concerned about his new position on the National Security Council.

Twitter users have expressed their outrage with the trending hashtag #StopPresidentBannon:

Though it is undeniable that Steve Bannon has positioned himself within the new administration to wield an unusual level of power, he’s just one part of a troubling and clear trend within the current White House.

This past Friday marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Since the day came into existence, the White House has issued statements on the horrifying event that lead to the extermination of millions. This year, however, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus omitted some rather conspicuous facts from his address: Neither Jews nor the role of anti-Semitism were mentioned whatsoever.

A careless, insensitive mistake? Hardly, according to Priebus. He who later tried to argue that “everyone suffered in the Holocaust, including the Jewish people.”

While Priebus listed ten other groups victimized in the Holocaust, he failed to mention the largest group killed – roughly six million Jews.

This odd justification cannot help but hearken to the absurd “All Lives Matter” retort that critics of Black Lives Matter make in an attempt to minimize the movement’s aims. After all, no one is saying that other — or in this case, non-Jewish — lives do not matter.

Trump supporters are quick to bemoan political correctness, but this administration has gone far past that threshold. Americans are witnessing the mainstreaming of white nationalism, now including a government branch dominated by those who support neo-Nazi outlooks.

At this point, Trump’s thoughts on the matter are essentially irrelevant; the team he has assembled has already made clear their attitudes and intentions.

Photo Credit: Don Irvine / Wikimedia Commons

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Jack Y
Jack Y10 months ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y10 months ago

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John J
John J10 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J10 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Siyus C
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

Thank you for sharing

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago

How can he be anti-Semitic? His daughter converted to Judaism. That would be like being against his daughter!

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John W
John W2 years ago

Drivel

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Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

Dover, New Jersey basketball players taunted by racist remarks during game. THESE INCIDENTS WILL NOT STOP ANYTIME SOON.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E2 years ago

I'm not sure which "past member" left the following two posts but all I can say is that hate, prejudice, racism and even nasty posts here are NOT unique to Canada, the US or many other countries who say they are civilized.

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