Monday, November 14, 2016

I Hope Bibi Netanyahu is Happy

There are many who are of the Jewish faith in this country who are not so happy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate-watch group, has accused Breitbart of explicitly embracing ethno-nationalism. After Bannon's elevation was announced, the law center tweeted several controversial stories written by Breitbart under Bannon's control, including a piece published two weeks after a mass killing at a black church in Charleston, S.C., last year: “Hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.” 

And others:

The Anti-Defamation League voiced its strong disapproval in a statement Sunday evening, calling Bannon's appointment "a sad day." "We call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate Americans committed to the well-being of all our country's people," said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL's chief executive.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations also denounced the appointment and criticized Breitbart for trafficking "misogynistic and racist stories targeting women, people of color and immigrants."

I saw a clip of Trump on some talking head show lamely saying that swastika drawing goons and goons of other stripes should knock it off. It was so very eloquent. I'm starting to miss GWB. Oh wait, it's in this article and it was from the 60 Minutes interview. The glory of not watching TV.

“I am very surprised to hear that. I hate to hear that, I mean, I hate to hear that,” Trump said in the interview, which was taped Friday. "I would say don't do it, that's terrible, because I'm going to bring this country together.

“I am so saddened to hear that. And I say stop it, if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it,” Trump added. 

Yeah, just stop it. 

I have to at least give Jennifer Rubin credit for having been anti-Trump. And she hasn't sold out yet. 

The way Trump won the race — with zero respect for the truth, with contempt for nonwhite voters, with assaults on our democracy — the #NeverTrump forces fear will now be the rule, not the exception, in presidential politics. That he won (it worked!) is no cause for recriminations against the #NeverTrump forces. It actually proves their point: Public figures who behave this way tear the fabric of our country and undermine democratic values. And Trump has done just that — because it was the only way he knew to get the approval of the Trumpkins. He was certain they were not above vile tactics; he was right. Congratulations, Trumpkins: You never go wrong underestimating the American people.

Just as his critics predicted, however, Trump’s vague and fantastical promises are already colliding with reality. Obamacare isn’t going to get repealed — at least not all of it, he says. Rounding up 11-12M people does not seem to be on his list of top priorities. His team is coming to the realization the Iran deal will not be ripped up on his first day in office. If Trumpkins discover Trump is just another pol who sold them a bill of goods, how will they react? We will find out in the months ahead.

We'll find out in the months ahead if she climbs aboard the Trump Express, too.


  1. Here's another item to make Netanyahu "happy."

    Trump Effect: Jewish and Muslim Organizations Form New Alliance
    "A new Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council will work to protect religious minorities' rights as well as other 'issues of common concern.'"

    Not exactly the kind of alliance he'd likely approve of.

  2. That is some great news. Trump should have no problem solving the conflict between Israel and Palestine. He's just going to say "Stop it!"