Defenders of Donald Trump have a plethora of excuses about why he does not have any links to white power groups and the alt-right. Those denials have a hard-core following, but that veneer has been fading rapidly as the economy tanks and protestors march against police shootings.
In the latest episode of Trump’s unhinged behavior, protestors and counter-protestors in the over-55 retirement community called The Villages, located northwest of Orlando, had an exchange that went like this, according to NPR.
“In one exchange — eight seconds into the two-minute video — a white man holding a sign that says “Make America Sane Again,” a reference to Trump’s campaign slogan, yells: “Where’s your white hood?” In response, a white man driving a golf cart with signs reading “Trump 2020” and “America First” yells back “white power.”
To keep the message intact, Trump re-tweeted this video along with his nonsense claim that “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe [Biden] is shot. See you soon!!!”
Trump Embraces White Power…Again
It’s indisputable that Trump endorses white power but then denies it. However, the facts state he endorses white supremacy. He has done so for years.
So with that link established, why are Trump’s largest financial contributors part of the Republican Jewish Coalition?
Why would any Jewish group contribute to a president who supports white supremacists?
The RJC would certainly deny any links. Their agenda has a cover story that it is pro-Israel, but Trump has failed to deliver on any Israel peace deal or work towards a two-state solution.
What the RJC has enjoyed are beneficial tax treatment and estate tax benefits from the Trump administration. That is their major benefit, so far.
But how does the RJC’s pro-tax break agenda help the broader Jewish community? That is not clear, mainly because it does not exist for the majority of Americans of any religion.
But what the RJC’s massive financial support of Trump does deliver is a continuous path between the Trump administration and white supremacist groups. The number of anti-semitic attacks against Jewish sites and individuals has a direct correlation to the amount of money donated by the RJC to the Republicans and the Trump presidential campaign
So, the next time there is an anti-Semitic attack attributed to white supremacists, contact the RJC and ask how they benefitted from that attack? Did they get a bigger tax break because of it? Or, did they get better access to the Trump White House because of it?
Major Jewish national organizations should pay attention to this link. It is uncomfortable, but it is indisputable.
Worse, it makes no sense to combat white supremacists in the US if the RJC is providing the funding those groups and an administration that promotes its messages, however indirectly, through their financial contributions. It’s time to hold the RJC accountable for its contributions and the impact of what their money is buying.