Invoking the specter of the Holocaust, Abe Foxman described an informal group pledge at a Donald Trump rally as Hitlerian. The pledge, conducted in Trump’s signature comedic fashion typically on display his rallies, asks supporters to commit to voting him regardless of potential and unanticipated inconveniences. Former head of the left-wing Anti-Defamation League, Foxman's statements on anti-Semitism still carry weight within the media landscape.
Speaking to supporters at a campaign event in Florida, Trump began the light-hearted vow.
“Who likes me in the room?” asked Trump, receiving enthusiastic applause from his supporters.
“I’ve never done this before. Can I have a pledge, a swearing? Raise your right hand. I do solemnly swear that I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there’s hurricanes or whatever - that’s good enough - will vote on or before the 12th for Donald J. Trump for President! Now I know. Thank you,” said Trump.
The happy crowd intermittently repeated the various segments of the brief pledge in good cheer.
Drawing on his escaping and survival of the Holocaust, Foxman cast the playful pledge as dark and ominous.
“As a Jew who survived the Holocaust, to see an audience of thousands of people raising their hands in what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America,” said Foxman.
“We’ve seen this sort of thing at rallies of neo-Nazis. We’ve seen it at rallies of white supremacists. But to see it at a rally for a legitimate candidate for the presidency of the United States is outrageous.”
As if the raising of one’s right hand is a Nazi-exclusive, the Times of Israel dutifully carried water for Foxman’s narrative. In so doing, Foxman and the like-minded cheapen genuine anti-Semitism by dishonestly weaponizing it as a tool against political opponents.
Commentary Magazine’s John Podhoretz jumped in, as well.
Last week, the ADL misrepresented “praise” from Nation of Islam cult-leader, racial nationalist, and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan to push the same narrative of Trump as guilty of (non-existent) association with haters of Jews.
Left-wing media is ramping up the narrative of Trump-as-Hitler-2.0 and his supporters as Nazi acolytes. This narrative will be fused with the racial and ethnic agitation at the core of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in the general election, which builds on the growing fiction of blacks, Hispanics and other minority groups as forming the neo-proletariat in need of paternalistic protection from Democrats.
Breitbart’s Joel Pollak took on this campaign, describing it as an attempt to “toxify Trump among Jews.”
Also joining the roster is Haim Saban, an Israeli-American media mogul who described Trump as “dangerous” for Israel. His private capital firm owns Univision, home of anti-American activist and Democrat Jorge Ramos. Aligned with the Clinton Machine and a supporter of President Barack Hussein Obama, Saban’s bona fides with respect to insights into Israel’s fortunes and well-being are lacking.
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