Oops: Trump Omits Jews from Holocaust Remembrance Day Statement

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A statement from President Donald Trump marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day mistakenly omitted any mention of Jews or anti-Semitism, a departure from recent bipartisan precedent set by previous presidents.

The statement calls for remembrance of “victims, survivors, heroes,” but nowhere does it mention the millions of Jewish people killed during the Holocaust, nor does it mention the ideology of anti-Semitism that led to the killings.

Here’s the statement from Trump in full:

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.

“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.

“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”

In a series of tweets, Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, noted the omissions.

“@WhiteHouse statement on #HolocaustMemorialDay, misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just ‘innocent people,’ ” Greenblatt tweeted. “Puzzling and troubling @WhiteHouse #HolocaustMemorialDay stmt has no mention of Jews. GOP and Dem. presidents have done so in the past.”

Steven Goldstein, executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, was also critical of the White House statement.

“President Trump’s statement today for International Holocaust Remembrance Day makes NO MENTION of Jews,” he said in a statement. “How can you forget, Mr. President, that six million Jews were murdered because they were Jews? You chose the vague phrase ‘innocent people.’ They were Jews, Mr. President.”

The international day of remembrance has fallen on the day the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated since 2006. Former president Barack Obama’s statements on the day noted the “6 million Jews and millions of other people” who were killed by Nazis. In 2005, when President George W. Bush marked the 60th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, he declared it “a reminder that when we find anti-Semitism, we must come together to fight it.”

In 2007, Bush’s statement marking the day noted: “We must continue to condemn the resurgence of anti-Semitism, that same virulent intolerance that led to the Holocaust, and we must combat bigotry and hatred in all their forms, in America and abroad.”

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post · Abby Phillip 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. If Trump were to sneeze towards his left side they’d criticize for not sneezing to the right or down the middle.

    What a binch of bored people looking to aggrandize themselves!

  2. Don’t see the big issue. Everyone knows that trump doesn’t weigh every word before he says it. It probably didn’t occur to him he has to specify Jews or he took it so for granted that the holocaust victims are Jewish he felt no need to mention them specifically.

  3. Would you rather have DemocRats making politically correct speeches about Jews and Holocaust while working overtime to enable the islamonazis to commit another holocaust?! I’ll take Trump anytime, with his silly words but good actions.

    • First he stoped talking about moving the embassy to Yerushalayim, now he says, after talking with his buddy Salman of Saudi, no to canceling the Iran-agreement. What will come next? Probably he will stop the billions in the aid pasckage to Israel because he needs the money to the Mexican wall B Netanyahu endorses. So where are Trumps good actions? He is a man of bad manners AND bad actions!

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