President Trump To Sign Executive Order To Combat Anti-Semitism — The Left Compares Him To Hitler

Written by K. Walker on December 11, 2019

How long did it take for President Trump to be compared to Hitler? Pretty much immediately.

Yes, Dear Readers… Godwin’s Law is in effect.

The executive order that President Trump plans to sign is one that would broaden the federal definition of anti-Semitism and ensure protections against discrimination included in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The order is expected to redefine Judaism to include both race or nationality and not just religion. The move is intended to combat the rise of anti-Semitism on college campuses.

The order “just explains if an incident is anti-Semitic it could fall into a Title 6 violation,” the official said, referring to Title 6 of the law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.

“Just because someone is Jewish doesn’t mean they should be punished and not receive the same protections for discrimination under Title 6,” the official said.

The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks acts of racism, said it recorded 201 anti-Semitic incidents at colleges and universities in 2018, down from 204 in the previous year.

Source: Reuters

The Guardian notes that there are some concerns by free speech advocates that criticism of the Israeli government could fall under a violation of Title VI after the executive order is signed, which is a reasonable concern. Americans should not be stifled in their questioning or criticism of government actions foreign or domestic.

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Still, the BDS movement itself can be categorized as anti-Semitic. It has been condemned in Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. But The Guardian doesn’t just tilt left, it spins in circles counter-clockwise.

Title VI bars discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin at colleges and universities that receive federal funding. One official said Trump’s order would make it clear that Title VI will apply to antisemitism as defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. That definition says antisemitism may include “targeting of the state of Israel”.

The move has drawn criticism from those who worry that such a characterization of Judaism as a race or nation is itself antisemitic. Free-speech advocates also have concerns that a broader definition of antisemitism might be used to limit criticism of Israeli government actions.

A second official insisted the order was not intended to limit freedom of expression and was not aimed at suppressing the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement known as BDS, which aims to support Palestinian aspirations for statehood by refusing to purchase Israeli products or invest in Israeli companies. The movement is on the rise, sparking tension on many college campuses.

Source: The Guardian

There has been a distinct rise in anti-Semitism in recent years and the incidents of hate seem to be escalating as we saw with the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue last year.

The announcement comes amid a flurry of anti-Semitic attacks across the United States and Europe, including at Jewish centers, synagogues, and areas frequented by Jewish people.

The White House was “alarmed by the rise in anti-Semitism,” according to one senior administration official who briefed reporters on the new order.

This includes rhetoric “from leading political figures,” according to the administration official, who appeared to be referring to the recent promotion of anti-Semitic stereotypes by leading Democratic politicians such as Reps. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.).

Officials noted the sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents on American college campuses, which have hit historic highs in recent years. With its clarification of the Title VI statutes, the administration is hoping to “stem the tide.”

Source: The Washington Examiner

Some of the folks on the Left lost their damned minds on social media.

Seth Mandel, a well-respected journalist, who has written for a variety of publications including The New York Post, The AtlanticRealClear Politics, is now the Executive Editor of the Washington Examiner, and who was interviewed by NPR as a “NeverTrump conservative” had an extensive thread of terrible “Orange Man Bad” takes that completely miss the point of the bill and, of course, include the usual comparisons to Hitler.

It’s actually quite shocking. In one tweet, Mandel called it “The great Hold-My-Beer-a-Thon of 2019.”

If you don’t believe that Trump Derangement Syndrome™ is real, take a gander at just a handful of tweets in this thread and then explain to me how protecting Jewish people from anti-Semitism is “ackshually” Hitlerian.

 

 

Did I mention that Seth is Jewish? Not that that really matters in general, but in this particular discussion perhaps he would have a clear opinion on the proper way to combat anti-Semitism and maybe even what defines it.

The incredibly hot takes on this are just unreal. It’s like they can’t get past that Trump-hatred to see that he’s actually doing something good.

The logic of this new outrage makes zero sense.

Let’s close with one last tweet by Seth Mandel that sums up the whole controversy and what America has become in 2019.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll