The Hillary Clinton campaign has been loudly accusing Donald Trump of anti-Semitism for tweeting out a graphic of the Democratic candidate enclosed in a Star of David. However, the presumed Democratic nominee has an anti-Semitism problem of her own in the person of long term Clinton retainer Max Blumenthal. Blumenthal took the occasion of the death of Elie Wiesel to smear the Holocaust survivor, author, and activist.
Blumenthal, who is Jewish, is a virulent foe of the State of Israel, which he has termed an “apartheid state.” He excoriated Wiesel for his support of the Jewish state as well as his support of the war in Iraq and his opposition to the nuclear weapons deal with Iran. Blumenthal tweeted, “Elie Wiesel went from a victim of war crimes to a supporter of those who commit them. He did more harm than good and should not be honored.”
Wiesel, whose memoir “Night” was a searing account of his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his activism and writing against genocide and bigotry. When he died, he was praised by public figures across the political spectrum. Including President Barack Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Trump himself.
The dustup over her associate’s smear of a world humanitarian combined with her history of making bigoted statements as revealed in a recent book by a former Secret Service officer complicates #Hillary Clinton’s efforts to cast #Donald Trump as a racist. Trump has made a number of insensitive statements during the campaign. But no evidence exists that he has behaved with bias in any of his personal and business dealings. Indeed, he led an effort in the 1990s to end restrictions against Jews and African Americans at country clubs in Palm Beach. Evidence suggests that Trump regards bigotry with distaste and bad for business.
Nevertheless, the Clinton campaign will continue to play the race card, as Democrats have done for generations. Trump, more than most Republican candidates, has provided Clinton with ammunition with statements that he has termed “politically incorrect.” His spin on the matter may represent a kind of political judo, playing on public discontent with the elites’ use of political correctness to suppress dissent. #Democrats vs Republicans