Holocaust Remembrance Day was last Friday and, as is custom, the White House issued a statement ... a statement that failed to mention Jews or anti-Semitism.
The Holocaust was remembered, and the Jews were forgotten.
One of President _____’s spokesmorons, this one is called Hope Hicks, says the reason for omitting the Jews was that, "despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered."
Okay, let’s look at all those who suffered:
Six million Jews—and that number is kind of a guess because no one really knows—were murdered by the Nazis. There were some 4.5 million Soviet civilians, and 3 million Soviet prisoners of war, the number of non-Jewish Polish civilians murdered is about 1.6 while 312,000 Serbian civilians were also murdered; 250,000 people with disabilities living in institutions were killed, along with 200,000 Gypsies and 1,900 Jehovah's Witnesses; 70,000 repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials—many of whom were homosexual—and an undetermined number of German political opponents and resistance activists.
All told, a rough estimate would be over 16 million people murdered, with nearly a third being Jewish and the White House cannot mention that. Is it because Steve Bannon, an anti-Semite, formerly of Breitbart, has the president’s ear?
I wonder ... Hicks then told CNN that while 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis, 5 million others were also slaughtered during Adolf Hitler's genocide, including "priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah's Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, and resistance fighters."
Oops, she forgot The Gays there, as well.
And so, as one might expect, Hicks was asked if the _____ White House didn't mention Jews as victims of the Holocaust because the president didn't want to offend the other people the Nazis targeted and killed, and she muttered that "it was our honor to issue a statement in remembrance of this important day."
The reason for the remembrance is the fact that Hitler ordered the extermination of Jews; he sought to wipe out an entire group of people; his enemies, some gypsies, some gays and others, were most likely just an added benefit because, let’s be really clear here, the Jews were the target.
The Jews were the target and this past week the United States of America just ignored them.
Anti-Defamation League Director Jonathan Greenblatt told CNN that the United Nations established International Holocaust Remembrance Day not only because of Holocaust denial but also because so many countries—Iran, Russia, Poland, and Hungary, for example—refuse to acknowledge Hitler's attempt to exterminate Jews and focus, and President _____ did last week, on “generic suffering rather than recognizing this catastrophic incident for what is was: the intended genocide of the Jewish people."
After being asked about the ADL criticism and the omission of the Jews or even of anti-Semitism, Hicks provided a statement from Ronald Lauder of the World Jewish Congress:
"It does no honor to the millions of Jews murdered in the Holocaust to play politics with their memory. Any fair reading of the White House statement today on the International Holocaust Memorial Day will see it appropriately commemorates the suffering and the heroism that mark that dark chapter in modern history."
We aren't playing politics with the memory of those Jews murdered in the Holocaust; we are simply remembering them , and by failing to mention them at all, _____ and his band of racists and anti-Semites and homophobes are trying to, in their own way, deny it ever happened.
Enter White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who, on Sunday, actually defended the statement saying, the Holocaust was "horrible event" and a "miserable time in history that we remember here at the White House."
Except, again, for the Jews. Priebus continued:
"And certainly we'll never forget the Jewish people that suffered in World War II and obviously still incredible wounds that remain in a time in history that was of great incredible horrific magnitude."
And when he was asked why he would “whitewash” the Jews, Priebus simply denied that was the case.
Except that’s what they did; imagine, if you will, if we hold a memorial next year for the victims of the Impulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and just don’t mention that the majority were gay—because some straight people were killed, to; or what if we fail to acknowledged that most were Hispanic because some white folks were in the club as well.
And that leads me to wonder how _____’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is Jewish feels about the snub; how does Ivanka feel since she converted to Judaism and is raising the couple’s children in the Jewish faith.
"It's a terrible time in history and obviously, you know that President Trump has dear family members that are Jewish and there was no harm or ill will or offense intended by any of that."
But then Priebus again maintained that the _____ White House does not regret the omission.
They are not sorry.
Six million Jews did in the Holocaust and Donald _____ cannot bring himself to say it.
How sick is that?