I wrote an article 6 years ago Journal’s “Why You Can’t Vote for Donald Trump.” I wrote:
Trump’s outrageous remarks and actions are now well-worn. He makes fun of disabled people. His admiration for Vladimir Putin. From Senator John McCain to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly to former Gov. and presidential candidate Jeb Bush, one disrespect to another… he treats people as a group and uneducated people He used negative stereotypes to stir up the emotions of disaffected people and appealed to people’s worst instincts. To do. For now it’s Mexican, Muslim and Chinese. After all, Jews are the ultimate minority.
Nothing has changed, but now it’s the Jews’ turn.
Recently, Trump dined at Mar-a-Lago with an anti-Semite who now calls himself “Yeah” and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, who compared Holocaust victims like my grandparents to cookies. did We hope Trump enjoyed his cookies with Fuentes. Did Jared Kushner speak up? No, sorry Jared.
Former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman issued a statement condemning the meeting, telling Trump, “You are better than this.” But there is no evidence that Trump is actually better than this. Ask Michael Cohen, or the people he fired on a whim, or the women he allegedly abused and silenced in return and non-disclosure agreements. please ask
Yes, President Trump has done some good things. Among them was the “Warp Speed” campaign for a COVID vaccine, defending our borders and achieving energy independence. He also moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem. This is what every president has promised since the law passed both houses of Congress in 1995, and to Trump’s credit, he has done it. He and Kushner negotiated a great Abraham Accords not only for Israel, but also for the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia and the region. Egypt and Jordan are no longer isolated in the Arab world. Advancing the cause of peace was a historic diplomatic achievement.
But past achievements can’t make up for Trump’s moral decay, and he must be held accountable. This is akin to blaming the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. Let’s just say: Donald Trump is not a nice person. He shouldn’t have taken these guys out to dinner. He says he didn’t know who Fuentes was, but he certainly knew who Ye was, so his You should have known about the recent anti-Semitic rant.
Too many Jews are tempted by a White House Hanukkah party, an invitation as an ambassador, or another Purple Book appointment. For full disclosure, I took my son to Trump’s Hanukkah party once. We had a good time, but the star of the show was Trump’s ego, who barely mentioned Hanukkah and appeared on stage with his family and a few die-hard fans. Trump held up a signed declaration. Events were mostly about him. But that’s a peanut when compared to his endless list of transgressions.
Among many other sins, Trump quibbled over Charlottesville. He told the Proud Boys to wait. As Liz Cheney describes his January 6th, he “summoned a mob, rallied a mob, and ignited the flames of this attack. [on the seat of our government]”
Yes, President Trump has done some good things…but the time has come for Republicans to nominate and endorse candidates whose decency and civic conduct are not foreign ideas.
I’m still a Republican, but it’s time to stand up to Trump. It’s time for Republicans to stop compromising and aim higher. The time has come to nominate and support candidates for whom civility and civic conduct are not alien ideas. The long awaited change will be good for the Jews and will make America decent again.
Joel Guiderman He is a board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition and former vice president of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.