Left-wing American Jews are apparently on the warpath to shame other Jews who support President Donald Trump. Leading the way is Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who has written a column focusing on Gary Cohn, Steven Mnuchin, and Jared Kushner, claiming that they need to show “shanda” — the Yiddish word for shame – because Trump’s comments regarding the recent unrest in Charlottesville indicate he is “dabbl(ing) in anti-Semitism.” Milbank also accuses the three of serving the role of “court Jew” who “existed to please the king, to placate the king, to loan money to the king.”
As the Official Jewish Guy at Bombthrowers, I feel I should address this issue.
By the way, as an aside, I have a hard time taking anything Milbank writes seriously. For one thing, he has done this before. For another, as a denizen of Washington, D.C., I happened to attend a 2014 discussion about the Benghazi attack of 2012 where violent Islamists affiliated with al-Qaeda attacked and murdered our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. Milbank also attended this event, and wrote a column describing it, claiming the panelists and organizers of the event were bullies and Islamophobes. As I can attest, this was essentially a libel. Even a left-leaning paper – the Politico – acknowledged Milbank’s dishonesty.
I find it incredibly rich that Milbank, and other lefties like him, have the temerity to try to shame other Jews for supporting the supposedly anti-Semitic Donald Trump. As the (three?) people who have read all my prior columns at this website well know, I by no means blindly support President Trump, although I am also far from being a Never Trumper. On some things I agree with him, and on others, I don’t.
But to use the charge of anti-Semitism to gain partisan political points disgusts me. The Left is always attempting to smear a Republican president, not just Trump, as some sort of degenerate who is racist, homophobic, and/or anti-Semitic. And, as with the other presidents, these charges are simply not true – especially, in reference to Trump, the anti-Semitic part.
Trump has never said or done anything remotely anti-Semitic throughout his entire public life, which goes back to the 1970s. We know this because otherwise it certainly would have come out by now. For decades he has worked in the real estate industry in New York City, an industry abundant with Jews. Trump’s favorite daughter (sorry, Tiffany) converted to Judaism and has Jewish children, and at least one of his daughters-in-law has Jewish roots as well. Over the years, Trump has employed and/or worked with a large number of Jews, many of them important advisors, such as Michael Cohen, David Friedman, Jason Greenblatt, Steve Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, and Sam Nunberg, and not one of these Jews, including the ones he fired, has ever once accused him of anti-Semitism.
These leftist Jews like Milbank point to Trump’s comments regarding the rioting in Charlottesville as if they evidenced bigotry, which, in the worst case scenario, simply paints Trump as tone-deaf as to what he should say after such an event, but in no way indicates he harbors any kind of ill will toward Jews.
Another thing that drives me up the wall with this attempted shaming of pro-Trump American Jews is the disgusting prior failure of these very same leftist Jews to shame or call out leftists who have actually said or done things that are really and truly anti-Semitic. Have Milbank or the others ever protested Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who spent about a decade in the bowels of the Nation of Islam, and has been credibly alleged to have made anti-Semitic statements? Have they pushed back against the often anti-Semitic leftist idiots on campuses, protests, and at political conventions? When President Obama was hinting that American Jews’ hypothesized secret loyalty to Israel explained their opposition to the Iran deal, Obama’s shortsighted and foolish desire to give $150 billion plus in frozen funds and even more in sanctions relief to the Islamist Iranian regime that has killed hundreds if not thousands of Americans in Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere, for the unverifiable promise that the regime won’t develop nuclear weapons, did any of these people utter a peep in protest?
I think we all know the answer to these questions.
Now, these leftist Jews, so silent during those other times, are smearing other Jews as “court Jews.” In reference to Milbank’s column, do any of these reprehensible jerks have any sense of shanda?
Once again, I think we all know the answer to this question.
But let’s delve deeper. Milbank mostly seems to cover Jewish topics, or use Jewish or Yiddish phrases, when he is cracking jokes, or when he is criticizing other Jews or non-Jews for supposedly being anti-Semitic. I am unaware of him writing any columns focusing on the increasing number of violent anti-Semitic attacks that are plaguing Europe, and to a lesser extent, the U.S. He has written more than one column about the plight of the Muslim immigrant to the U.S., though. Of course, most of the anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, and possibly those in the U.S., are committed by Muslim immigrants, who unfortunately have been marinated in a culture that equates Jews with devils. Finally, when it comes to Israel, Milbank tends to be highly critical of the Jewish state.
I have a theory about Milbank. There is a slur for Jews who behave as Milbank does. Normally I wouldn’t say it, but in this case, it seems only right to do so.
Maybe Dana Milbank is a self-hating Jew?