Trump Appoints Aide With Anti-Semitic Ties

On Monday, Donald Trump appointed a top foreign policy advisor whose father was an active member of the John Birch Society, which has a history of segregationist and racist views.

Trump named Joe Schmitz, a former inspector general in the Defense Department, his top foreign policy advisor.

Joe Schmitz’ father, John Schmitz, won election as a California State Senator and ran for president in 1972 as a candidate for the Independent Party.

The elder Schmitz, who was staunchly against abortion, was stripped of a Senate position after writing that while he chaired a hearing about abortion in California, he looked out on “a sea of hard, Jewish and (arguably) female faces,” according to a 1982 New York Times article.

When he died in 2001, a publication of the Institute for Historical Review, a Holocaust denial organization, published an appreciative obituary and called him a “good friend of the institute.”

The John Birch Society opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Today, the society denies these allegations and claims anyone with these beliefs would be expelled.

The Trump campaign could not be immediately reached for comment.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Trump Appoints Aide With Anti-Semitic Ties

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close