Just days after Trump told a Jewish reporter to sit down and shut up during a press conference, his press secretary further torched the administration’s relationship with the Jewish community by attacking the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. It was an extremely telling example of just how much contempt the Trump administration has for minority groups – particularly ones that have seen skyrocketing levels of hate directed at them in the wake of Trump’s brand of fear-heavy populism.
After it was reported that at least 11 different Jewish community centers around the country had received threats on a Monday, activists and human rights leaders were stunned when Trump and his administration seemed to resist the idea of condemning anti-Semitism. When Trump was forced to finally denounce it, his reaction was…weak. It led to the Anne Frank Center to blister him with an open letter:
The President’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration. His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record. Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration.
But rather than reflect on their failings, Trump’s White House is lashing out in characteristic fashion. Spicer viciously lashed out at the Anne Frank Center for not being respectful enough to Trump.
“The president has made clear since the day he was elected and frankly through the campaign that he seeks to unite the country. He has brought a diverse range of people into this administration. It’s ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this, it’s never good enough.”
And oozing with condescension, Spicer added, “I wish that they had praised the president for his leadership in this area.”
Spicer on Trump denouncing anti-Semitism: “It’s ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this — that it’s never good enough” pic.twitter.com/pUKo6DgKTQ
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 21, 2017
A gross pattern is emerging in which any time a critic takes issue with the White House the response is to attack the critic and ignore the criticism. This lack of self awareness is a disaster in the making. Trump now lives in a world where he can do no wrong and the people who question him are to blame. That arrogance extends to lecturing the Anne Frank Center on anti-Semitism.
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