1. It’s Monday, November 14, 2016.
2. On this day 75 years ago, between 9,000 and 10,000 Jews were slaughtered by Nazi occupiers in what was then Slonim, Poland – the city is now in Belarus.
Some accounts say people were machine-gunned 300 at a time. Some say women, children and the elderly were drowned in a nearby river.
Unfortunately, it’s never really hard to find some historic abuse of the people of the Jewish faith.
3. So about one in four American Jewish voters might be a little conflicted this morning.
Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart “News” Service and the last guy in charge of Trump’s campaign, will be the dolt’s chief strategist in the White House.
Breitbart has a reputation for disparaging the Judaism of people it opposes – conservative commentator William Kristol comes quickly to mind (I will not ever link to a Breitbart “story” – I will in no way add even one page view to their count).
And Bannon’s ex-wife, in court documents for their divorce, said he told her he didn’t want their daughters going to school with Jews.
And that follows the rash of anti-Semitic tweets from supporters of Trump during the campaign. Most notably, there was the tweet going after Hillary Clinton that used anti-Semitic imagery – which was retweeted by Trump himself.
But, according to Pew Research, 24% of Jewish voters overlooked all that. They voted for Trump.
So if you’re among that 24% – and, living in my liberal bubble, I’m proud to say that none of my Jewish friends fall into that category – it must a weird morning.
Either you must want the kind of cataclysmic change that’s about to befall the United States.
Or you got punk’d.
4. So the first Trump slap of the majority of American voters who didn’t pick him goes to those of us who are Jewish.
They weren’t as high on the radar as others, but they’re a historic favorite of the bigots.
The second slap looks like it’s headed for Hispanics, with Trump’s declaration on “60 Minutes” that he plans to go ahead with the immediate deportation of up to 3 million undocumented immigrants.
Who knows how the hell he intends to do it? For all we know, this is something he and his people have been working on for months. It should be quite a plan he rolls out.
In fact, that seems like it would be appropriate for his Christmas message to America. Peace on Earth? That’s media elite stuff. The thought of rounding up 1% of the population will really get people singing the praises of baby Jesus.
Trumpistas are going to love the optics of this. The crying. The screaming. The violent protests. The disruption to the nation’s economy.
It’s going to make America look like the Soviet and Nazi and other totalitarian states that we were not supposed to be. The ones who were the bad guys in the John Wayne movies that Trump supporters supposedly love.
There’s no joy in this. There’s only pain. And it’s all been there for the past year and a-half – Trump never hid any of it.
What you saw is what you’ll get.