The go-to argument for Trump supporters who are questioned about the candidate’s support among neo-Nazis is to say that Trump can’t possibly be anti-Semitic because his daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner are both Jewish.
However, one of Kushner’s Jewish employees isn’t putting up with that excuse anymore.
“It takes only a basic knowledge of world history or an understanding of how symbols work to see a wall of cash, a Star of David, and the accusation of corruption and not see the subtext,” she writes. “But deny or play dumb as you might, when I tweeted out my response, my worst fears were realized: his message, whether purposeful or inadvertent, was met with cheers by those to whom that star’s message was certainly clear. Mr. Trump’s tweet was seen as a winking promise to this nation’s worst and most hateful individuals.”
As you might expect, she was viciously attacked on Twitter by Trump’s “alt-right” Twitter trolls who often post hideous anti-Semitic imagery to harass Jewish journalists critical of their candidate.
She then rails against the campaign’s litany of excuses for the photo, including the ridiculous notion that the six-sided star was actually a sheriff’s star and not a Star of David.
“These explanations are so facile, infantile in their blatant disregard for context or logic that I can only imagine them being delivered by someone doing so while grinning and winking,” she writes.
She concludes her piece by begging her boss to take a stand against the anti-Semites who have embraced Trump’s campaign.
“And now, Mr. Kushner, I ask you: What are you going to do about this?” she asked. “Please do not condescend to me and pretend you don’t understand the imagery of a six-sided star when juxtaposed with money and accusations of financial dishonesty… Edmund Burke once said, in times that are starting to seem more and more similar: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Well, here I am, and here we are. Both Jewish, both members of the media. And you might choose silence, but I’ve said my piece.”