White House Purposefully Omitted Mention of Jews from Holocaust Remembrance Statement: Report
In two short weeks, the executive office's subjugation to white nationalist Steven Bannon has been thrown into high relief. Last Friday, President Trump issued an executive order banning not only refugees but visa and green-card holders from seven Muslim countries, five of which the U.S. is actively bombing. On Thursday, Reuters broke news that the administration plans to focus its counter-extremism program exclusively on Islam. And now Politico reports that the White House purposefully omitted mention of Jewish victims in its Holocaust Remembrance Day satement.
As recently as this past Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus defended the statement's messaging. "I don't regret the words," he told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd. "I mean, everyone's suffering in the Holocaust including obviously, all of the Jewish people affected and the miserable genocide that occurred — it's something that we consider to be extraordinarily sad."
Sad as the Trump administration may have been, the statement has drawn the opprobrium of the mainstream media and Jewish organizations alike, including the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Zionist Organization of America. Both are funded by Trump megadonor, Sheldon Adelson. "Especially as a child of holocaust survivors, I and ZOA are compelled to express our chagrin and deep pain at President Trump, in his Holocaust Remembrance Day Message, omitting any mention of anti-Semitism and the six million Jews who were targeted and murdered by the German Nazi regime and others," said Mort Klein.
According to Politico, the State Department had written a statement of its own that made explicit mention of the Holocaust's Jewish victims, and Donald Trump's White House "blocked its release." An unnamed White House official maintains that there was no ill intent and that the executive office did not see the State Department's statement until it had released one of its own. But a separate official in the State Department contends its statement had been drafted for use by the White House.
The Nazi regime exterminated approximtely six million Jews, as many as a quarter of whom were children, along with countless Slavs, Russians, Romanis, Communists, Jevovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, physically and mentally disabled persons. Senator Tim Kaine has called the White House's recent remarks a form of "Holocaust denial."
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