With controversy still swirling around Donald Trump’s re-posting of an anti-Hillary Twitter graphic featuring a six-pointed star that critics said was a Star of David, Ivanka Trump’s Jewish husband is speaking up to assure everyone that Trump is no anti-Semite.
As it happens, Trump’s daughter Ivanka is married to a Jewish man and even converted to Judaism herself. Jared Kushner is the publisher of “The Observer” newspaper and on Tuesday morning a columnist for the paper wrote an “open letter to Jared Kushner” demanding he explain it all. Was his father-in-law an anti-Semite, the writer demanded to know. And what was Kushner going to do about it all, she asked.
Kushner immediately replied that Donald Trump was no hater of Jews.
As the Daily Mail reports, the publisher said that the GOP front runner has fully embraced the Kushner family’s Jewish heritage.
“My father-in-law is an incredibly loving and tolerant person who has embraced my family and our Judaism since I began dating my wife,” Kushner said in a public statement.
“I know that Donald does not at all subscribe to any racist or anti-Semitic thinking,” he added.
Kushner concluded saying, “I have personally seen him embrace people of all racial and religious backgrounds. The suggestion that he may be intolerant is not reflective of the Donald Trump I know.”
That should settle that, but naturally the writer of the Observer piece wasn’t happy and took to her Twitter account to continue the attack against Trump and her own employer, Mr. Kushner.
Perhaps the best point about all this was made by Washington D.C. radio host Larry O’Connor who said that Hillary has surrounded herself with some major anti-Semites, yet it is Donald who gets attacked for posting a star image that had no overt anti-Jewish connections.
Over at HotAir.com, O’Connor made a great point about this faux controversy. He noted that as Hillary attacks Trump for posting a star, she is “palling around” with the Jew-hating Max Blumenthal.
“Still, it’s pretty hard to get too worked up over the shape of a star on [Trump’s] tweet when Hillary’s closest confidants flirt with odious, anti-Zionist elements,” O’Connor said.
The whole mess started on July 2 when the presumptive GOP nominee posted a graphic on Twitter stating that Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is corrupt. The meme featured a Fox News poll in which a majority of respondents describe her as being corrupt and included a backdrop of money and a caption embedded on a red star that said: “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!”
But critics immediately insisted that the red star was a Star of David and therefore Trump was giving evidence that he hated Jews, or some such thing. Trump immediately insisted that as far as he was concerned the star shape was a sheriff’s star, not a Star of David, and he called out the media for its dishonesty over the incident.
Still, he soon pulled the image as the pressure grew but that didn’t stop team Hillary from getting in the mud over the incident on Monday.
Eventually, Trump’s social media director explained how the image ended up being used in the first place.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) July 5, 2016
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