In his inaugural speech, Donald Trump’s dark vision of patriotism omitted a key American value. It’s a Jewish value, as well.97
Conservatives say they hate the way Democrats play ‘identity politics.’ But, writes Peter Beinart, that’s just what Donald Trump did with his top Jewish appointments.126
Members of Congress like mine, should attend the Inauguration even if they, like me, believe the president-elect is not worthy of our respect.
Leaders of Jewish advocacy groups often say their tax status bars them from opining on political candidates, including appointees. When the issue is Israel’s views, as when President Obama nominated the supposedly hostile Chuck Hagel for defense secretary in 2011, those rules are out the window. The rule apparently holds, though, when the needs of American Jews are at stake.
Commentators and political enemies jumped up crying nepotism the moment on January 9 that the President-elect announced his appointment of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as Senior Adviser to the President in the White House Office.
Media controversy makes for big headlines. The follow-up — not so much.
In just a few hours, Trump disparaged in the ugliest terms two pillars of the American system, and he did so by abusing the memory of Holocaust victims and survivors. Where was the Jewish outrage?234
As the first Jew in American history to hold such a powerful position in the White House, Jared Kushner will be redrawing the image of the quintessential Jew — which contains its own ironies, possibilities and danger.138
The coming Trump administration presents so many potential risks, it’s hard to know which to feel anxious about. When I feel overwhelmed, I find that it helps to make lists. Here, then, in a rough order of danger, but also grouped by category, are 50 things for American Jews to be worried about as the new administration takes shape.
Americans overall tended to vote their ethnic identity, which they increasingly see in terms of conflict with other groups.4
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