Thursday, August 22, 2019
President Trump's efforts to create enemies where there are none and encourage violence are frightening but not original.
The President told reporters "I think that any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." The statement followed criticism Israel denying entry into the country of two US congresswomen from entering Israel and the President's role in that ban. There are so many things wrong with the statement. Should dual loyalties be expected of Jewish Americans? Would dual loyalties be tolerated for those from other middle eastern states? The statement assumes that Jewish Americans are monolithic both in national loyalties and political views. But all of this is nearly irrelevant.
The President is taking his plays from tried and true methods. Historically, Jewish people have been targets whenever a demagogue diverts followers and would be followers from his own human rights abuses. The questions of dual loyalties will soon be forgotten. The after effect will be enhanced violence against Jewish people in America. The President has nothing to lose. The President encourages violence and Jewish people have been the targets of horrific violence. Those are the images that President raises. Jews as enemies to be destroyed. Jews as foreigners in their land. Jews as disloyal. This was the rhetoric of Hitler and other demagogues. The rhetoric that gives permission for followers to destroy property and person of Jewish communities. Permission has been granted.