On the heels of Trump’s abhorrent response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which white supremacists and neo-Nazis stoked anti-Semitic fervor in the United States, top Rabbinical groups, including the Central Conference of American Rabbis, The Rabbinical Assembly, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, have canceled a traditional High Holiday call with the President.
NEW: Rabbinical groups cancel High Holiday call with Pres. Trump, saying his "words have given succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism." pic.twitter.com/2IY33pRPIS
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Ahead of major Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the group condemned the President, claiming his “words have given succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia.” The statement continued:
“Responsibility for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, including the death of Heather Heyer, does not lie with many sides but with one side: the Nazi, alt-right and white supremacists who brought their hate to a peaceful community. They must be roundly condemned at all levels.”
Their scathing rebuke of the President is in direct response to Trump’s failure to decisively condemn the slew of hate groups that took to the streets in Charlottesville, ultimately resulting in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer when a deranged neo-Nazis plowed his car into a group of counterprotestors.
Trump, for his part, denounced the violence “on both sides,” effectively drawing a moral equivalency between the racists and those who opposed them.
While Trump continues to dig in his heels and defend his own vile remarks about Charlottesville, the fact that entire factions of people are abandoning the President in droves is evidence enough that his racist opinions don’t represent America in the least.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.