Trump’s Faux-Praise of Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel after Tweeting Neo-Nazi Image

Posted: July 5, 2016 in Auschwitz, Donald Trump, Elie Wiesel, Star of David, xenophobic
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Trump Praises Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel After Tweeting Neo-Nazi Image (TWEETS)

It’s hard to believe that Donald Trump could be worse than what he’s already presented himself to be, but somehow he continues to prove that there is no limit.

A mere 24 hours after the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted out an anti-Semitic meme attacking Hillary Clinton, Trump denied the neo-Nazi image that clearly used the Star of David and even had the nerve to make a remark about Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel, who had passed away on Saturday.

On Sunday evening, Trump praised Wiesel’s work and tweeted:

“The world is a better place because of him and his belief that good can triumph over evil!”

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Wiesel certainly deserves the praise – that isn’t the problem. After all, Wiesel not only survived the Auschwitz concentration camp, but wrote over 50 books and won the Nobel Peace Prize, whose committee said he was “a messenger to mankind.” His legacy and work was incredible, and he will surely be missed.

The issue is that this message, coming from Trump, is sickening considering just the day before he was heavily criticized for tweeting out his anti-Semitic meme that blasted Clinton for being the “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!”, complete with the Star of David. To make matters worse, the meme originated from a website that was frequently used by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. To make matters even worse yet, Trump has a disturbingly long history of retweeting white supremacists and has also been endorsed by former KKK leader David Duke! The Star of David was no mistake on this meme, but Trump won’t own up to it.

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Trump is someone whose values and rhetoric would have absolutely been rejected by Wiesel. Tablet reported that Wiesel had actually met The Donald in person before, and “was repulsed by his xenophobic rhetoric.” We don’t blame him.

Trump’s anti-Semitic tweet was so offensive that the Anti-Defamation League called on Trump to disavow many of the disrespectful acts that his supporters have been doing. The organization’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, said:

“It’s been concerning that [Donald Trump] hasn’t spoken out forcefully against these people. It is outrageous to think that the candidate is sourcing material from some of the worst elements in our society. We would like to see [Trump] speak out consistently and clearly and reject not only this kind of prejudice, but the people behind it. And make it clear that they have no please [sic] in the public conversation, and no place in a political campaign, and that they have nothing to do with making America great again.”

While Trump’s statement about Wiesel is the exact opposite of flattering, President Barack Obama wrote a beautiful letter to honor Wiesel’s life. Obama wrote:

“He raised his voice, not just against anti-Semitism, but against hatred, bigotry and intolerance in all its forms. As a writer, a speaker, an activist, and a thinker, he was one of those people who changed the world more as a citizen of the world than those who hold office or traditional positions of power. His life, and the power of his example, urges us to be better.”

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