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The Ridiculousness of “Anti-Semitic” Accusations Against President Trump

Claims that the president is a racist and an anti-semitic could not be further from the truth.

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Alex Evans, Opinions Editor

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Let me preface my following comments by saying this: I’m sick and tired of the general public making irrational statements against President Trump that have no factual base whatsoever. I’m fully supportive of our right as Americans to criticize the president and our elected officials every step of the way during their terms.

I haven’t been the biggest fan of everything our new commander-in-chief has done, whether it be his incessantly annoying tweeting, poorly rolled-out immigration ban or his insensitive statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day, but I believe that the media and the public alike have crossed an ethical boundary with this latest batch of anti-Semitic accusations that are simply unverifiable.

President Trump commented in regard to a recent slew of incidents and threats targeting Jewish people and institutions Tuesday while visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, saying that “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

His comments came one day after 11 bomb threats were made to Jewish centers around the United States and a Jewish Cemetery in Utah was vandalized. According to The New York Times, important Jewish leaders, including his advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had pushed the president to comment on the situation earlier. This, as many might imagine, has reignited concern regarding President Trump’s support from the racist and anti-Semitic Ku Klux Klan, even though he disavowed their support on multiple occasions.

In fact, Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect had some tough words to say on the matter. Goldstein said, “The president’s sudden acknowledgment of anti-Semitism is a Band-Aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his own administration. When President Trump responds to anti-Semitism proactively and in real time, and without pleas and pressure, that’s when we’ll be able to say this president has turned a corner.”

I have a huge problem with this statement, as the accusation from Goldstein that the president and his administration are anti-Semitic is far from the truth. If he were an anti-Semite, would he have allowed his daughter to marry and Jewish man and subsequently convert to Judaism? Would he have hired his Jewish son-in-law to be one of his top advisors? Heck, Steve Mnuchin, his Treasury Secretary, and Stephen Miller, one of the president’s senior advisors, are Jewish as well.

If that wasn’t enough to convince everyone that our president is not an anti-Semite, just look at his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. President Trump has made it clear that Israel is one of our most important allies, and has promised to restore the severed relations between our two countries created by the previous administration. I think it goes without saying, but it’s unlikely that someone who is anti-Semitic would be as close to Netanyahu and as big of an advocate for Israel as the president is.

Again, I’m not saying upset with all of the criticism that President Trump is getting. I think that it’s healthy as a society to hold all leaders accountable. However, when I see careless rhetoric about sensitive and prominent issues being thrown around for the wrong reasons, I’ll call those who do so out, regardless of party affiliation or my personal beliefs. You may not like the president, but fabricating accusations about his personal beliefs is harmful to us all and does nothing to help an already fractured nation.

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