Donald Trump has been called a lot of things, and in light of his policies regarding Mexico and Puerto Rico, it has become exceedingly difficult to argue that he is not prejudiced against the Hispanic community. He himself has made jokes at the Latinx community’s expense, and in a recent high-profile incident, he refused to condemn Roseanne Barr after she made a racist comment that created an uproar and led ABC to cancel the revival of her hit series Roseanne. White supremacy is a concept on the rise, as sad a statement as that is to make, and the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups are out marching in the open again, raising up the Confederate flag and other emblems of hate.
While the Swastika is still not worn nearly as openly as the Confederate flag is, there have been questions raised regarding Donald Trump’s status as an anti-Semite. Is he? Is he not? On the surface, the question seems to be preposterous because of Trump’s support for Israel, but time and again, it is clear that Trump is walking a line between supporting Israel and appeasing his white-supremacist followers. He has in the past retweeted tweets and accounts connected to anti-Semitic hate groups, and he drew a great deal of controversy after long refusing to disavow the support of David Duke, an infamous anti-Semite and racist who was once at the head of the Ku Klux Klan.
So again, we ask – is he? Is he not? The answer is probably somewhere in the middle, but in that case, we need to ask ourselves another question: isn’t that bad enough? For a president to knowingly court the votes of anti-Semites and self-declared hate mongers, he must be willing to disregard the safety of Israel and the Jewish people. By courting these voters, he is essentially aligning himself with them. He is not leading the way toward a society based in respect but one in which divisions are more pronounced than they are currently. He is saying “Hate all you want, as long as you vote for me.” In the battle for the human spirit, in the battle against racism and anti-Semitism, it is never okay to play spectator. As the old saying goes, “If you’re not with us, you’re against us.” Unless you are standing up to hate, you are playing right into it. Donald Trump isn’t standing up to hate. He’s standing up for it.