Ocasio-Cortez’s Hanukkah greeting ends with hateful thread comparing Trump to horrible tyrant ruler

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised some eyebrows with a seemingly innocuous Hanukkah message which also included a dig at President Donald Trump.

The 29-year-old New York Democrat, who will be the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress, tweeted a Hanukkah greeting “to our loved Jewish families + neighbors in the Bronx, Queens and across the country” on Sunday.

But her thanks to Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg for a “beautiful reminder” for the Jewish holiday seemed to contain more than what met the eye.

The tweet from Ruttenberg, in fact, was the last in a long thread that drew a ridiculous comparison between the ruler of the Seleucid Empire, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and Trump. In the Hanukkah story, the Maccabees revolted against this ruler who oppressed the Jews.

While Ocasio-Cortez got back many thanks on Twitter for her greeting, others took the extra step to follow the linked tweet from Ruttenberg and called out the progressive freshman lawmaker’s real message.

Others slammed Ocasio-Cortez for extending a holiday greeting to Jews while ” hanging out with known antisemites” and being critical of Israel.

Ruttenberg’s final tweet came after a lengthy thread detailing the comparison of Trump and “an insecure, despotic ruler” of the Seleucid Empire.

“He was quick to anger, and it wasn’t long into his reign that he began curtailing civil liberties, restricting the freedom of religion, and pillaging his subjects’ resources for his own profit,” the rabbi continued, noting how the ruler “seized rule illegitimately ” and took the kingship “by force.

“Bribes drove his appointments of the high priest; he plundered the treasury of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem for its gold, Ruttenberg tweeted. “In a fury about a humiliating loss in Egypt, he cracked down in Judea, outlawing observance of the Sabbath and ritual circumcision and defiling the temple by erecting an altar to Zeus there, complete with pig sacrifice.”

“He sent his officers to slay and destroy, with an agenda that was less about Hellenism — that is, the demand that the Judeans assimilate into the kingdom’s dominant Greek-influenced culture — than it was about denationalization, a full eradication of their way of life,” Ruttenberg added before noting the “parallels to U.S. politics” and even outrageously remarking on “Trump’s illegal rise to power.”

The tweets continued to recount the historical story of the Maccabees’ revolt against the despotic ruler before concluding with that final tweet and advice on combating the current administration since “we still have Trump in the White House.”


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