Trump Advisor: As Minority, Jews Can’t Expect Swift Rebuke of Anti-Semitic Support
Donald Trump’s Jewish confidant and advisor says the Jewish community cannot expect the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to immediately condemn and denounce anti-Semitism as it occurs because Jews are not the only religious community in the United States.
“He condemned David Duke,” Jason Greenblatt said in an interview with the Jewish Press published on Thursday. “Did he condemn him the second everyone wanted him to condemn him? Our community has this sort of focus that we want something done a certain way; we want it done right away. We’re not the only people in the country.”
Referring to Jewish criticism leveled at Trump for what is perceived as a tepid denouncement of anti-Semitic supporters, Greenblatt insisted Trump has already issued a statement denouncing David Duke’s endorsement and condemning anti-Semitism in general.
“Anti-Semitism has no place our society, which needs to be united, not divided,” Trump said in a laconic statement to the New York Times in May.
“He spoke to The New York Times, condemned Duke’s remarks, said very clearly anti-Semitism has no place in society,” Greenblatt asserted in the interview with the Jewish Press, an online publication. “I think his broad condemnation of anti-Semitism is even stronger than had he merely condemned irrelevant Twitter trolls.”
“I know that there’s been a lot of discourse in the Jewish community about how he hasn’t gone far enough to condemn some of his followers who are anti-Semitic. I think that’s very unfair criticism,” he added.
Trump has come under fire for a weekend tweet that was deemed anti-Semitic. A meme tweeted by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s account had a montage of Hillary Clinton with a Star of David inscribed and a pile of money in the background. The tweet was soon deleted and reposted, this time with a circle in the star’s place. Trump, speaking at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, suggested that his campaign shouldn’t have deleted the star meme in the first place because it’s “just a star” and those who think otherwise are “sick people.”
You would think that, oh I don’t know, a candidate for President of the United States would condemn hate and extremism with the same vigor that he condemns people who make fun of his hair and his tiny hands.