Trump Just Snubbed Jewish Politicians At White House Hanukkah Party
In a move that plenty might see as even worse than the so-called “War on Christmas,” President Trump managed to turn a joyous celebration of the Festival of Lights into a partisan war room of sorts.
The White House Hanukkah Party, which has been a bi-partisan tradition since 2001, featured a seriously pared down guest list this year. The two Jewish Republican members of Congress – Lee Zeldin of New York and David Kustoff of Tennessee – were in attendance.
None of the Jewish Democratic members of Congress were extended an invitation. Neither were prominent Jewish leaders who have been critical of Trump.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz, who was not invited, reported that she’d been invited to the Hanukkah party during both the Bush and Obama administrations. She did not receive an invitation this year.
Rep. Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach reported that The White House sent out “Merry Christmas” cards but no “Happy Hanukkah” cards to members of Congress.
There are 30 Jewish members of Congress. Of those, 28 are either Democrats or Independents. Quite a few of them are also vocal Trump critics.
This all comes at a touchy time for Trump and the Jewish community, just a day after he announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The controversial move sent shockwaves through the Middle East, including anyone hoping for progress on the peace process. It was seen as fulfillment of a campaign promise to the Evangelical Christian Right and conservative pro-Israel groups that supported Trump.
That Trump used the Hanukkah party not only to extol the virtues of his own politically motivated decision on Jerusalem, but also to turn the holiday itself into a partisan issue is proof positive that there’s no event he won’t ruin with filthy partisan politics. This is why we can’t have nice things.
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