Just one day I would love to not have a reason to rant! One 24-hour day … is that too much to ask? This morning started out with a 3.5 mile walk in the sunshine, a shower, a cup of coffee, and …an e-mail from the Jerusalem Post about huge doses of anti-Semitism being flung around by none other than the followers of Donald Trump. What a lovely way to start the day. Read JP article here.
In April, GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) magazine published a profile of Melania Trump written by journalist Julia Ioffe. The day after the publication was released, Ioffe answered a phone call from an anonymous caller who played a Hitler speech. She received another call from ‘Overnight Caskets’, an Los Angeles-based casket company.. On Twitter, users posted photos of her face superimposed on a mug shot from Auschwitz. The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site, attacked Ioffe in a blogpost titled: “Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe in GQ!” Ioffer has also received numerous death threats and other threats of violence or bodily harm, and has filed a police report.
The GQ article was fairly lengthy and an in-depth profile of Ms. Trump. I read it and I am still scratching my head trying to figure out what the bigots and anti-Semites have found to complain about. Her GQ profile of Melania Trump revealed that the Slovenian model – and the billionaire’s third wife – has a half-brother who the family was not in contact with. The profile also included an interview with Melania Trump, who has since expressed her disappointment with the piece in a statement online. calling it “dishonest”, and claiming “Julia Ioffe, a journalist who is looking to make a name for herself, clearly had an agenda when going after my family.” Correction, Julia Ioffe does not need to make a name for herself, as she is already ranked among America’s top feature writers. A former staff member at the liberal New Republic magazine, she freelances for publications such as the New Yorker and New York Times.
Twitter comments abound with anti-Semitic rhetoric and disgusting pictures and cartoons, none of which will I repeat here. I would have expected a woman who is married to a man who hopes to become the next president of the United States to speak out against the hate, but instead, Ms. Trump had only this to say, “I don’t control my fans … she [Ioffe] provoked them.” While I cannot vouch for the veracity of the GQ profile, on the surface, at least, it would appear that Ms. Ioffe did a great deal of research, spoke to a large number of former friends and associates of Ms. Trump back in Slovenia, and I suspect that most of what she wrote is verifiable, including the news of a half-brother.
I could expound on the vices of both Trump and his wife, but my point today is more about the mentality of the American people, or at least certain elements of them. The only complaint I make against either Trump at this juncture is that they should be loudly objecting to the bigotry of their “fans”, rather than condoning such hate and filth. But at the core, the citizens of this nation should be thinking about their values. Is Trump Fever so debilitating that his followers have forgotten how to be kind, have sold their very humanity down the river?
Sheldon Adelson, is an American business magnate. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation which owns casinos, hotels, and other businesses too numerous and irrelevant to name here. Sheldon Adelson is both a republican and a Jew. He is also a Trump supporter. Thinking of the anti-Semite rhetoric that is spewing from Trump followers, consider the irony in this email to more than 50 Republican Jewish leaders from Mr. Adelson: “I’m asking for your support [for Trump]”. He told them he had met with Trump recently and is “specifically convinced he will be a tremendous president when it comes to the safety and security of Israel.” (Of course, it is quite possible that Mr. Trump does not realize Israel is a Jewish state … )
I remain disgusted, sickened and disheartened by the bigotry and hate that is so loudly and commonly expressed by those who would support Trump for president. However, I am able to find one bright spot. As long as he, his wife, and his supporters continue to alienate more and more groups, it can only be hoped that by November the only people who can justify voting for him will be fat old white males, but he may even find a way to alienate them before all is said and done. Then again … he has certainly done more than anybody else in the history of the nation to alienate women, but there are still some 30% of women who support him, so I guess I shouldn’t put too much faith in anything.
I have said many times that a candidate’s family should be off-limits to the scrutiny of the media and the masses. I stand by that. Except when the spouse of a candidate engages in throwing the first stone, then all bets are off. In her refusal to condemn the responses to the GQ article, she has, at least in my book, declared open season on herself. She is most assuredly not the person we need as a role model in the White House. Trump himself told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that even though he had not read the article, it was “nasty”. He then said that “wives should be off-limits”. Agreed, but … is this a bit of a double-standard, considering Trump’s comments and rude social media message regarding Heidi Cruz not so long ago? To those who would follow Trump, understand this: supporting your candidate does not give you carte blanche to fling racial slurs at the rest of us. Human beings do not act like this. Period.