by Lasha Darkmoon
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump converted to Judaism halfway through his presidency. The shock to the nation would be profound. For the Jews, this would be the ultimate victory.” — Comment on the Darkmoon site
TOP ROW, left to right: Ivanka (Trump’s daughter); David F. Friedman (Trump’s attorney for the last 15 years and president of the American Friends of Bet-El, a West Bank settlement, has far-right pro-Israel ties and is a staunch supporter of illegal settlements; Steven Mnuchin (investment banker and hedge fund manager, worked for Goldman Sachs 17 years, one of Trump’s oldest friends).
MIDDLE ROW, left to right: Jared Kushner (Trump’s Jewish son-in-law and chief adviser); Jason Greenblatt (Trump’s top adviser on Israel and Jewish affairs, Orthodox Jew of Hungarian descent, takes orders from Jared Kushner who is his immediate boss); Sheldon Adelson (Casino mogul worth $32.2 billion, fanatical Zionist, gave Trump $125 million to win 2016 election, Trump’s largest donor).
BOTTOM ROW, left to right: (Charles Kushner, Jared’s father, a thoroughly disreputable character with criminal convictions; Michael D. Cohen (attorney and spokesperson for Trump, described as “Trump’s pitbull”, fanatically loyal to Trump, says anyone who thinks Trump doesn’t love and admire Jews is “too ignorant to engage in conversation”.)
AMERICA’S FIRST JEWISH PRESIDENT?
For my Canadian friend, Lobro, a Trump supporter,
in the hope that this debate will help him to change his mind.
EDITOR’S NOTE. This is an imaginary debate featuring multiple participants in which the words spoken are 100 per cent authentic and true. To check the authenticity of any quote, just click on the name link and this will take you directly to the source of the quote. Lasha Darkmoon chairs the debate.
LASHA DARKMOON: Yesterday marked the President’s 100th day in power. Though he appears to have ditched most of his promises, his approval ratings have spiked upward from a low of 37 per cent in March to over 43 per cent recently, largely as a result of his warlike exploits in Syria and Afghanistan. His popularity among Jews has certainly shot up in the last few weeks, as we shall see…. Wayne, I understand you are one of the large number of Jews who have always supported Donald Trump with unswerving loyalty. Can you explain your deep devotion to Trump? Is it because you think Trump is “good for the Jews”?
WAYNE ALLEYN ROOT: I believe Donald Trump should be called “America’s first Jewish president.” I should know. I’m an Ivy League-educated Jewish kid from New York. Trust me, Donald Trump is as close as you can come to being our first Jewish president. The very unique traits that have made him a billionaire and now President of the United States are as Jewish as you can get!
LASHA DARKMOON: I find it hard to believe that Trump is “as Jewish as you can get”. If so, how has he managed to win the support of the alt.right which contains so many self-confessed anti-Semites?
WAYNE ALLEYN ROOT: Let me prove to you that Donald is our first Jewish president. Donald is a lifelong New York businessman, who made his fortune in real estate. You can’t get more Jewish than that. Well actually you can. His winter home Mar-a-Lago is on the East Coast of South Florida. When he bought his Florida home and turned it into a popular and exclusive country club, he specifically opened the membership up to Jews. Mar-a-Lago was the first club that ever allowed Jews in Palm Beach. Donald changed the customs of the most-wealthy, WASP-y town in America to favor Jews.
LD: My good friend Lobro is keeping his fingers crossed that Trump is going to ride to the rescue of the goyim and deliver them from Jewish thralldom any time soon. What do you think of this theory? Any serious attempt to crack down on the Jews would of course be seen as double-crossing Jared and Ivanka and the grandchildren.
WAYNE ALEYN ROOT: Donald is your typical Jewish parent. Donald’s children are all Ivy League graduates — just like my daughter who recently graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. Donald’s daughter Ivanka has converted to orthodox Judaism. That makes Donald the first president in the history of America with orthodox Jewish grandkids.
LD: So what you’re saying is this: it’s most unlikely Trump is going to oblige my anti-Zionist friend by sticking a knife in the back of his Orthodox Jewish family. Which is what he would be doing if he turned on the Jews and started protecting the Palestinians and other victims of Jewish supremacy. To what extent, I wonder, are Ivanka and Jared observant Orthodox Jews?
NATHAN GUTTMAN: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have found a $5.5 million house near the Chabad Center in Washington, DC. More importantly, they seem to have found a synagogue as well. After weeks of house-hunting, the first daughter and son-in-law are now ready to settle down in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood and will attend the nearby Chabad synagogue. The couple has reportedly looked into joining Kesher Israel, an Orthodox synagogue in Georgetown, but ended up preferring the smaller but more centrally located Chabad synagogue, led by Rabbi Levi Shemtov.
LD: I see. So if Trump decides to stick a knife in the back of his own synagogue-going, Chabad-loving daughter Ivanka, and if he throws his own Jewish grandchildren under the bus by suddenly revealing himself as anti-Jewish, that would require a lot of chutzpah, wouldn’t it?
WAYNE ALLEYN ROOT: Donald has more chutzpah than anyone I’ve ever met in my life! Chutzpah is a unique word that comes from the Yiddish language. It means you are so ambitious, you aim so high that people think you’re nuts. Donald aims higher than anyone who has ever lived. Now he’s President of the United States!
LD: Wow, this is like a Hollywood movie!
WAYNE ALLEYN ROOT : Donald is a big success in Hollywood as a TV producer. He joins an exclusive club that is predominantly Jewish. Many of Donald’s political views and policies are tailor-made for Jews. He could be the most pro-Israel president in history. Donald will always stand with the Jews of Israel.
LD: I guess that’s why Trump appears to have no strong objections to the expansion of Jewish settlements. This would certainly explain Trump’s close ties to Jews promoting settlement expansion. I’m referring to Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s top adviser on Israel, and to David F. Friedman, Trump’s long-term attorney and president of the American Friends of Bet-El, a West Bank settlement. (See above). How strong are Trump’s bonds to Israel exactly? You ought to know, being Jewish.
WAYNE ALLEYN ROOT : How strong are Donald’s bonds to Israel? He was the Grand Marshal of the annual “Salute to Israel” parade. The Jewish National Fund awarded Donald the “Tree of Life” award for his lifetime of support for the Jewish people and the state of Israel. Jewish Week found that Donald has given generously for many years to Jewish charities. A professor of “American Jewish History” calls Trump’s charitable giving to Jewish causes “impressive” and clearly out of the ordinary for a non-Jew.
LD: My friend Lobro has a soft spot for Muslims. He also has a soft spot for Trump. I find this strange, given that Trump doesn’t seem too fond of Muslims and wants to ban them from swarming into America — the dangerous ones, anyway.
WAYNE ALLEYN ROOT: Trump’s stance on stopping the mass importation of Muslim refugees should be welcomed and enthusiastically embraced by every American Jew. Donald’s goal is the same as mine — keeping people out of our country who could commit acts of terrorism and who have an unnatural hatred and prejudice toward Jews.
LD: I see. So you like Trump precisely because he is ANTI-Muslim. Is Iran going to be next on Trump’s hit list? I mean, after he’s turned Syria into a parking lot…?
WAYNE ALLEYN ROOT : One of Donald’s first priorities as president is to re-negotiate the Iran deal — perhaps the worst treaty ever negotiated in US history and a danger to Israel’s future survival. He understands our enemy is radical Islam. That alone makes Donald the best friend Jews ever had.
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LD: Senator Lindsey Graham, I understand you have now done a complete 180-degree turn on Donald Trump. Before Trump was elected, you described him as a “jackass” for questioning John McCain’s war record. You told Trump to “go to hell”. You are now full of praise for Trump. Why?
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: I am like the happiest dude in America right now. We’ve got a president and a national security team that I’ve been dreaming of for eight years! In 80 days he’s done more to correct the world, President Trump, than Obama did in eight years.
LD: I hear you met Trump recently. How good was your meeting?
SEN. LINDSAY GRAHAM : How good was the meeting? I gave him my new cell phone number.
LD: Do you have any personal message for Trump?
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: Donald, keep it up! Don’t let these guys talk you out of being tough.
LD: Michael Cohen, may I ask you if you share Senator Graham’s new-found enthusiasm for Donald Trump? What do you think of people who believe Trump is a crypto anti-Semite? that he’s going to crack down hard on the Jews any day now?
MICHAEL D. COHEN (Trump’s “pit bull” spokesman): Nothing angers me more than the disgraceful liberal media’s blatant mis-characterization of Mr. Trump as a racist. As the child of a Holocaust survivor, racism was never permitted in our home and I would never work for someone with those tendencies. Would a racist attend both of my children’s Bat and Bar Mitzvahs? Would he make a Jew an executive at his company and task that person to protect him, his company, and children? Anyone who believes for even a split second that this is true is too ignorant to engage in conversation. Trump is a great man and will live up to his mantra of making America great again!
LD: Make America great again? How can he “make America great again” if he’s sitting down to dinner with ex-convicts? I’m referring to Trump’s friendly relations with Jared Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, who has served time in prison for tax evasion and blackmail — for hiring prostitutes to blackmail witnesses in a court case. I mean, that’s sleazy! And yet this guy is a bosom pal of Netanyahu’s!… and he’s wining and dining with Trump and Jared and Ivanka at Trump’s palatial Mar-a-Lago estate (pictured) in Florida. I find this weird! Is this the American presidency or the Jewish mafia?
White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, pictured center, at a bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (See Jared Kushner and the Neocon Takeover of Trump).
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LD: There’s also the question of nepotism. This is being practiced in the White House on an industrial scale, given that there’s an enormous conflict of interest here that makes this nepotism particularly reprehensible. One hears negative reports about Jared and Ivanka. That they haven’t got a clue about politics. That all they’re fit for is feathering their own nests…. Vicki Ward, you were discussing this topic recently on the Amy Goodman show. Can you give us a repeat of what you said there?
VICKI WARD (who has done extensive research on the Trump family’s shady financial dealings): We’ve all been so consumed with the fight between the Kushner camp and the Bannon camp that this very real story of horrifying kleptocracy that’s never happened to this country before — the White House is turning into the Kushner piggy bank and the Trump piggy bank. I mean, this is outrageous! It is just a story of plain, outright corruption, and it’s not legal!
LD: Kleptocracy? That’s a strong word to apply to the President of the United States and his Jewish son-in-law and Star of David daughter. Why don’t you think Jared Kushner is fit to exercise political power?
VICKY WARD: Because he knows nothing! He knows absolutely nothing!
LD: And Ivanka?
VICKI WARD: What are these two people actually in there to DO? Their only experience is working for their parents. That’s it! It seems to me this is all about self-interest. They’re not QUALIFIED to do anything else!
LD: What do we know about Jared Kushner? One thing we know for sure. Charles Kushner, Jared’s jailbird father, a convicted blackmailer, is a close friend of Netanyahu’s. All these guys have sat down to dinner with Donald Trump at his house in Florida. How can the President of the United States be hobnobbing with all these sleazy characters? What’s going on exactly?
RON KAMPEAS (Jerusalem Post columnist): Netanyahu has long been a friend of the Kushners and particularly Jared’s dad, Charles Kushner, a major donor to pro-Israel and Jewish causes. One time Jared gave up his bed and moved to the basement so Netanyahu could spend the night at their home in Livingston, New Jersey.
LD: Does Jared wear a kippa and run with the Jews?
RON KAMPEAS : Jared stopped wearing his kippah when he attended Harvard. The Times reported that Kushner maintained other Orthodox observances at the university – JTA [Jewish Telegraph Agency] has reported his closeness to the university’s Chabad House – but the head-covering was gone…. Kushner has also met with Henry Kissinger.
DANIEL ESTRIE (Associated Press, from Jerusalem): Kushner’s family real estate company has long-standing and ongoing deals with major Israeli financial institutions. These relationships, along with a personal friendship with Netanyahu and past links to the West Bank settler movement, could emerge as potential stumbling blocks by creating an appearance of bias.
Trump’s son-in-law [Jared] was also co-director of a family foundation that donated tens of thousands of dollars to Jewish settlement groups in the West Bank, according to US tax records. The family also donated at least $298,600 to the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces. Kushner and his family also have long-standing personal ties to Netanyahu. At a White House news conference last month, Netanyahu joked that he has known [Jared] Kushner since he was a boy.
LD: So Trump and his family have close ties with Netanyahu, Kissinger and other top Jews that stretch back to the time Jared gave up his bed and moved into the basement of his house so that Netanyahu could have his bedroom?
BEN NORTON (AlterNet correspondent): The ties go deeper still. Kushner directed a family foundation that gave money to illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which were constructed in flagrant violation of international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. President Trump himself previously donated $10,000 to the illegal Israeli settlement Beit El.
LD: Wow! — so Trump has been caught redhanded donating $10,000 to an illegal settlement in Israel! And Jared is also an enthusiastic fan of illegal settlements! Will someone please tell me how the Palestinians can hope to get a fair deal from ultra-Zionist mafiosi like these? If these thugs are financing illegal settlements, how on earth can they be expected to negotiate a viable Palestinian state in which the Palestinians get back a small proportion of their stolen lands?
BEN NORTON: The Trump administration has made it absolutely clear that it is going to let Israel continue violating international law, building new settlements and colonizing Palestinian land. And American taxpayers will continue bankrolling Israel’s crimes, as every previous US presidential administration has ensured.
RICHARD SPENCER (White nationalist alt.right leader): No one voted for Kushner! Indeed, many of us voted against people like Kushner having power…. I have to be brutally honest. I am deeply disappointed in Donald Trump. I’m shocked, and I’m angry. And I am ready to condemn Donald Trump.
DAVID DUKE: All around him are these Jewish extremists like Kushner. Trump might not even know half the things they do.
RICHARD SPENCER: No one voted for this! No one voted for Donald Trump in order for him to engage in these kinds of senseless, insane military interventions [Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea, threatening Iran, antagonizing Russia]…. Donald Trump now sounds exactly like George W. Bush…. Trump is playing with fire…. THIS REALLY MATTERS!… Trump is playing with fire. This is a red line Donald Trump has crossed… this is a betrayal of the meaning of his campaign… that was the meaning of his campaign and he ABSOLUTELY BETRAYED IT!…. This matters, because it proves that Donald Trump IS NOT IN CONTROL!… He is being controlled by neoconservative operatives…”
ANDREW ANGLIN (who makes no secret of his anti-Semitism): Our president is being held hostage by vicious Jews!
LD: I’m saddened to hear all this…. Wayne, as a Jew, can you give us your final assessment of Donald Trump?
WAYNE ALLEYN ROOT : Many of Donald’s friends, business partners, executives at the Trump organization, country club members at Mar-a-Lago and trusted lawyers and advisers are Jewish. No US president has ever in history been surrounded by so many Jewish friends and advisers. Trust me, by almost every possible measurement, we’ve just elected our first Jewish president.
OUR FIRST JEWISH PRESIDENT
“I’ve worked with murderers and rapists. I can recognise dangerousness from a mile away. You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.” — James Gilligan, professor of psychiatry, addressing a conference at Yale University.