White supremacists have been taking to social media to antagonize political journalists, who dare make a statement that negatively frames presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. On top of this, and more troubling, there has been little push-back from the Trump campaign to condone this type of hatred. Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor of the New York Times, writes:
After a slew of anti-Semitic incidents received by a number of journalists, the Republican Jewish Coalition finally took action to address the issue. However, they missed a large point of the necessary message: the overwhelming majority of incidents come from Trump supporters and have been directed at journalists who have made any criticism of the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
It's hard not to be cynical about politics watching Donald Trump every day and wondering how so many people could fall for his act, but with so many conspiracy theories promoted by people who should know better, we shouldn't be surprised.
We sure don't support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Given his hateful rhetoric on the campaign trail and his lack of policy knowledge, to many it's a no-brainer. For those not completely sure if they truly belong with the Republican candidate, New York Jewish Week columnist Douglas Bloomfield poses a number of questions:
Yesterday, New York Times deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman illustrated to the Twitter world that anti-Semitism is alive and well, especially among some Donald Trump supporters. Gabe Friedman of JTA reports
ADL, Jewish Dems Slam Offensive Breitbart Attack
NJDC Calls on Author to Apologize
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the National Jewish Democratic Council, released the following statement in response to the Breitbart article titled, "Bill Kristol: Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew."
"While we disagree deeply with Bill Kristol on many issues, there is no question that Breitbart's attack on Mr. Kristol as a 'Renegade Jew' is completely unacceptable. The author of the piece, David Horowitz, specifically chose to include 'Renegade Jew' in the post’s headline and should know better. We share the widespread and growing disappointment – including by the Anti-Defamation League – in Breitbart's inappropriate and offensive headline and we believe that more must be done. Mr. Horowitz must apologize immediately and help ensure that these sort of attacks must not be allowed to become the new normal. Andrew Breitbart, z"l, would have been deeply ashamed."
The silver lining in The New York Times hit piece by David Samuels on Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is that it prompted a close examination of the facts. It turns out that the author of the piece previously advocated bombing Iran and opposed the Iran deal. Not only did he malign Rhodes, but he also maligned two highly respected journalists, Jeff Goldberg and Laura Rozen.
Last night, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, gave remarks at Israel's Independence Day Celebration. While addressing many distinguished Members of Congress—from both sides of the aisle—as well as members of the diplomatic community, he made clear that the U.S.-Israel relationship goes beyond political rhetoric and demonstrates in strength in action:
Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president. Yes, Donald Trump, maverick Israel views and all. The people who told us that Barack Obama would destroy the country, stab Israel in the back, and take our guns away are now telling us to chill about Donald Trump.