The left can’t help itself being outraged over anything and everything that President Trump does. It will knit pick relentlessly, and while sometimes the scrutiny over Trump’s policies is justified, other times it is purely manufactured outrage.
Friday was a day set aside for remembering those lost in the Holocaust, a day that didn’t even exist up until 2005, when finally, 60 years after the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, the U.N. decided it deserved a day of remembrance. Since then, politicians from around the world issue statements on January 27th each year in an attempt to never let humanity forget this horrible part of history.
This Friday was different, however. Why? Because instead of using “Jew” in a statement, Trump said “victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust”. Here’s the statement in full. See if you can find the outrageous part.
“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.
“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.
“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”
Why no mention of Jews? The White House claims it didn’t mention Jews because it wasn’t just Jews who were victims of the holocaust. Giving special mention to the 6 million Jews would take light off the 5 million other people who died during the Holocaust. The Holocaust was anti-semitic, but it was also anti-gay (5,000-10,000 killed), anti-soviet (2-3 million), anti-pole (1.8-2 million), anti-disabled people (a few hundred thousand). Did the Jews suffer the most from the Holocaust? Yes. Were they the only group to suffer? Far from it.
If George W Bush or Barack Obama had made the exact same statement, some would still have been outraged, but the outrage would be just as phony. I can imagine Mark Levin raging about Obama being anti-semitic if he hadn’t mentioned Jews as part of a statement on the Holocaust, but it would have been foolish. Because Trump is in that spot now, and Trump is just “oh-so-hateful” – guess what – it’s still foolish.
Remember first who the Nazis were – fascists. Fascism is the fusion of business with government. No liberal seemed to make the connection to fascism when democrats nationalized private health insurance companies. Were Americans outraged when the auto industry was nationalized? Do any of the people on the left who call Trump a fascist, even know what fascism is?
Not likely. If they did, then they would reject fascism, and along with it, reject socialism, which in their minds is on the other end of the political spectrum. They’re wrong. The fusion of business and government is socialist as well. Nazis were socialists – national socialists. Where is the left’s outrage when Bernie Sanders banters about the benefits of socialism, but then fails to mention all of the Jews killed by it?
The left needs to stop being petty. There are enormous problems with Donald Trump, and there will be plenty of battles worth fighting. Trump’s language is the least of our problems. His protectionist trade policies (similar to those proposed by Bernie Sanders, by the way) are a better indicator of fascist tendencies than the failure to say “Jew” during a Holocaust remembrance statement.