Full disclosure requires that I admit to voting for Donald Trump and fully supporting him as president of the United States. Of course, my friends here in New York, especially the Jewish ones, thought I was absolutely meshugah for coming out of the conservative closet. However, I saw an extremely successful businessman who, I believed, could take a much-needed new approach to government.
A Jewish Holocaust survivor mother raised me to be an independent thinker, and not necessarily follow all of those Democrat Jewish sheep — which is why I will never be one of those leftist progressive zombies, for whom our previous president could do no wrong. When President Trump makes a serious error, he should be called out on it. Trump’s first week in office was a positive reinvention of the presidency. From pulling out of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact to penalizing companies for moving manufacturing out of the country, he is fulfilling his campaign promises to the millions of Americans who voted for him.
But it was International Holocaust Remembrance Day that brought Trump his first major mistake, and it was a serious one. The White House issued a 117-word statement that included, “It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”
There was no mention of Jews and no mention of anti-Semitism. Can you envision anyone on International Slavery Day at the United Nations not mentioning the pain and torture that blacks lived through in history? Imagine working on a news release in the Oval Office that contained an emphasis on concepts like “in the interest of inclusiveness, we would like to mention all of the various groups that were slaves throughout the centuries. No, blacks own the term “slavery,” just like Jews own the term “Holocaust.” Remember, it is not called “a holocaust,” it is called “the Holocaust,” because it was the greatest evil done to one people in history.
Trump’s misrepresentation of the Holocaust as being a kumbaya moment for all sufferers of history is a moral error of grave proportions. He has paid too much attention to the American left, which has imbibed the Bernie Sanders approach of inclusiveness for all, thus rewriting history. Amazing that the person who much of Middle America elected to stop this leftist virus has himself gotten infected.
Irwin N. Graulich is a motivational speaker and columnist on ethics, morality, Judaism, religion and politics. He is president of Bloch Graulich Whelan Inc., a marketing, communications and branding company in New York City.