References to numerology on why Donald Trump should be the next president aside, I could not believe my eyes when I read Luke Sanders’ Your Say letter of July 8, “Look to Gematria for Trump Endorsement.”
Perhaps Sanders was not informed or chose not to be informed about the most significant Trump tweet related to Judaism so far in this campaign — the so-called “Star of David” tweet. It proves that while Trump may or may not be a bigot and may or may not be anti-Semitic, he sure is firing up many in his political base who are bigots and anti-Semites.
Last week, Trump tweeted a graphic of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with a six-pointed star looking exactly as the Star of David and a pile of $100 bills with the words “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever.” Neither Trump nor members of his campaign staff have apologized for this anti-Semitic tweet. Instead, they deleted the original tweet and uploaded an edited graphic with a circle instead of a six-pointed star.
One well-known Trump supporter, David Duke, former head of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana, liked the tweet so much that he followed up with a modified version of Trump’s original graphic. Duke listed Jewish donors to the Clinton campaign and wrote: “Absolutely True!”
Jonathan Greenblatt, chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, said: “It’s long past time for Donald Trump to unequivocally reject the hate-filled extremists orbiting around his campaign and take a stand against anti-Semitism, bigotry and hate.”
The Trump tweet should send a chill down every Jewish spine in the U.S. and cause every Jewish voter — even Republicans — to pause and reflect deeply before casting a vote for the GOP nominee.