Former Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman thinks now may be Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s “Mordechai and Esther moment.”
Amid the uproar over President Trump’s blaming “both sides” for violence in Charlottesville, Foxman urged the president’s daughter and son-in-law to act like the legendary queen of Persia and her uncle, who famously blocked King Ahasverus from killing the Jews.
“For (Trump) to have seen the torch parade and the epithets against his daughter, his grandchildren, his son-in-law, and stand up and say both sides are equal? Shame, shame, shame,” Foxman told Jewish Insider.
“They need to sit down with him, and say to him, face-to-face: ‘Do you understand what message you’re sending to your grandchildren?’” Foxman asked. “That it’s OK for people to march down and yell, ‘Get rid of the Jews, we don’t want the Jews.’”
“And you say this is nothing?” Foxman said.
Kushner and his wife reportedly advised Trump to moderate his initial comments blaming both sides. But the couple were on vacation in Vermont when Trump backtracked went back to his original stance on Tuesday.
Kushner was once seen as an influence in preventing Donald Trump from issuing inflammatory tweets, with observers noting that some of his most egregious missteps have come when his son-in-law was offline for Shabbat.
Larry Cohler-Esses was the Forward’s assistant managing editor and news editor. He joined the staff in December 2008. Previously, he served as Editor-at-Large for the Jewish Week, an investigative reporter for the New York Daily News, and as a staff writer for the Jewish Week as well as the Washington Jewish Week. Larry has written extensively on the Arab-Jewish relations both in the United States and the Middle East. His articles have won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, the Religious Newswriters Association, the New York Press Association and the Rockower Awards for Jewish Journalism, among others.
Will Jared and Ivanka Act Like ‘Mordechai And Esther’?