When the son of one the president’s closest outside advisers begins donating to one of the largest Jewish organizations in the country in defiance, you know sh*t’s really hit the fan.
The Times‘ Maggie Haberman tweeted that the younger Murdoch, who is also chairman of 21st Century Fox, reportedly pledged $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League after President Trump’s comments that many believe condones the neo-Nazi and white supremacists whose violent bigotry on display at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.
Murdoch became the first member of his family to comment so explicitly on the president’s remarks about the rally and its’ attendees.
“What we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people,” Murdoch wrote in an email whose subject line read “Personal note from James Murdoch re: ADL.”
“These events remind us all why vigilance against hate and bigotry is an eternal obligation – a necessary discipline for the preservation of our way of life and our ideals,” his email continued.
“I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis,” Murdoch wrote, referencing Trump’s comments that there were “very fine people” on “both sides” of the white supremacists rallying in Charlottesville and their counter-protesters. “Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so.”
Murdoch is far from alone in his vigor to donate to the international, century-old Jewish NGO — earlier on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged $1 million to the ADL in the wake of the fatal violence in Charlottesville.
In an email to employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook announces that the company is donating $1 million each to the ADL and SPLC. pic.twitter.com/5O40NXgvVF
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The ADL, the Times noted, has heavily criticized Trump since his candidacy due to his supposed connection to and inspiration of white supremacists. Earlier this year, their headquarters received a bomb threat during a spike in threats to synagogues.