Political and social observations from two aspiring hedgehogs who love the Isaiah Berlin essay.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
In CNN Column, Bernard-Henri Levy Claims, "Clearly, the Trump Administration has a Problem with Jews"
In a column published by CNN, under the title, "Clearly, the Trump administration has a problem with the Jews," as part of CNN's ongoing campaign to convince the public that Donald Trump is an anti-Semite, French intellectual and philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy proclaims that American Jews need to be wary of their new President. Those who follow my writings know that I have never been a fan of the Donald. I did not vote for him, I am not happy with his retreat from conservative principles such as free trade and free markets, I abhor many aspects of his vulgar personality. However, he is not an anti-Semite.
Monsieur Levy speaks from a perspective of too much philosophy and too little personal knowledge of Donald Trump. The President has spent an entire life socializing with Jews, doing business with Jews, employing Jews and supporting Jewish causes, including, especially, Israel. His father, Fred Trump, donated (as in fee, gratis, a gift) the land in Brooklyn for construction of an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, and Fred Trump, a Methodist, went on to be the largest annual donor to that synagogue for decades, because of his friendship with the Rabbi. Every one of Donald Trump's children is either married to a Jew or dating one, except for Barron, who is only 11 years old. His grandchildren are halachically Jews, which is more than a lot of American Jews can say. In 2004, during the Gaza War, when many American Jews joined Palestinians and Leftist activists in protesting against Israel, Donald Trump was Grand Marshall of the Salute to Israel parade.
So what does a person have to do, after a lifetime that proves by his actions that he is not an anti-Semite, to prevent people who do not know him at all, such as Monsieur Levy, and media outlets such as CNN (which has more sinister motives), from accusing him of anti-Semitism. CNN, which employs jounalists who are supposed to research facts such as the ones I have mentioned above, indeed has by this campaign disgraced itself as a news orgnaization, and is intentionally promoting Fake News, just as the President said. We are witnessing a very ugly attempt on the part of the Left to drive Donald Trump from office, by any means necessary.