JPost Exposes Trump’s Jewish Stereotyping and New Praise From KKK’s David Duke
September 19, 2016
Washington D.C. – Today, The Jerusalem Post’s Michael Wilner published an exposé on Donald Trump’s relationship to the Jewish community titled, “Pride and Affirmative Justice: Donald Trump and the Jews.” The article confirmed a disturbing pattern in Trump’s life: He expresses an “affirmative prejudice toward Jews.” The National Jewish Democratic Council issued a statement requesting that the Trump campaign respond to follow-up questions based on the article:
“Today’s article in The Jerusalem Post exposes Donald Trump’s lifelong affirmative prejudice toward the Jewish community. Based on interviews with former Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Director Abe Foxman, The Art of the Deal ghostwriter Tony Schwartz, former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, and campaign advisers Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, it is clear that Trump has a recognized, disturbing pattern of stereotyping members of the Jewish community.
We pose the following questions to the Trump campaign, so that American Jewish voters – and all Americans – can better understand their options this election cycle:
1. In 1994, Donald Trump publicly battled against the Palm Beach city council when he tried to turn his Mar-a-Lago estate into a private social club. Trump accused the city council of anti-Semitism in opposing his efforts to build the club that he assumed would primarily have Jewish members. The ADL’s Abe Foxman and Art Teitelbaum publicly and privately told Trump to tone down his rhetoric because it was anti-Semitic. Trump at the time seemingly did not understand why his statements were anti-Semitic. Does he understand that now, and will he apologize?
2. One of Trump’s top advisers doesn’t seem to “see anything wrong” with philosemitism. But as Wilner reports from an interview with Maurice Samuels, director of Yale University’s Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism, “to cast Jews in positive Trumpian terms – smart, shrewd, deal maker – still amounts to degradation equivalent to the sexist act of calling a woman a 10.” “Affirmative prejudice is a good term, and I prefer it to philosemitism,” Samuels explains directly. “As soon as you begin viewing Jews as a group, either positively or negatively, you’re veering into very problematic territory. It’s a process of ‘othering’ and separating that usually doesn’t end well for Jews.” How does Trump defend this prejudice?
3. In the article, former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke heaped fresh praise onto Trump. He said, “I don’t really use the term white nationalism, but I do want to preserve my heritage – just like Jews do. And I think deep down inside, Donald Trump knows where his roots are. He’s concerned about the general heritage of this country. The fact that some of his family is intermarried doesn’t really change that.” Is Trump concerned that David Duke is so enthusiastically supporting Trump’s candidacy?
4. The article discusses how Trump Management used to discriminate in favor of Jews. A Trump rental agent said during a Fair Housing investigation, “Some blacks do live in Trump buildings. Trump Management believes that Jewish tenants are the best tenants.” Wilner also found that, “Another agent was instructed to rent only to ‘Jews and executives’ and to disregard the applications of blacks.” According to the piece, Donald Trump was also personally involved in the leases in Brooklyn and Queens. How did Trump Management come to the conclusion that “Jewish tenants are the best tenants”?”