The Creature is going to go to Pittsburgh tomorrow and pretend that he cares. I won’t be watching. Be sure to read the letter to Trump from Pittsburgh Jewish leaders.Â Newsweek reports that Ivanka and Mr. Ivanka had to persuade Trump to explicitly denounce anti-Semitism.
Does anyone want to bet that he can get through a speech about the massacre at the synagogue without saying something nasty about somebody? Or bragging about himself? Or claiming that people are mean to him, too?
Â In the age of Trump, the politics of conservative victimhood has reached new heights. And as usual, it comes right from the top.
After bombs were sent to a dozen people President Trump had attacked, he quickly identified the person really being threatened. â€œCome to think of it, who gets attacked more than me?â€ heÂ askedÂ at a White House political event just after reading some words about unity that were obviously written by others and about which he couldnâ€™t have cared less.
Eleven Jews are dead in Pittsburgh,Â gunned downÂ during Shabbat services allegedly by a man who shared President Trumpâ€™s paranoia about a migrant caravan.Â Pipe bombsÂ were sent to more than a dozen of Trumpâ€™s favorite political targets, including the homes of two former presidents, Democratic leaders and CNN.
But let us not lose sight of the real victim here: Donald Trump.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders hadnâ€™t given aÂ briefingÂ in nearly a month, so she had a lot of time to build up grievances before Monday afternoonâ€™s session. She emerged half an hour late with a scowl, and read a written statement containing the requisite denunciations of the attack in Pittsburgh and affirmations of Trumpâ€™s affection for Jews.
But when the questioning got going, it became clear that she was rather less animated by the pipe bombs and the synagogue massacre than by perceived attacks on Trump by the media.
â€œThe very first thing the media did was blame the president and make him responsible for these ridiculous acts,â€ sheÂ began. â€œThat is outrageous.â€
Whenever I write about Sarah Sanders I am tempted to include the image of the Mouth of Sauron from The Return of the King.Â
Haaretz is reporting that Netanyahu’s deplomats are carrying water for Trump:
Unfortunately, their message of sympathy is being undermined by the shameful effort of Israelâ€™s top diplomats in the U.S. to absolveÂ Donald TrumpÂ of any responsibility for fomenting an atmosphere of right-wing hate and, even more outrageously, to implicateÂ anti-SemitismÂ on the left instead.
For many American Jews, Trumpâ€™s cardinal sin is the false equivalence he created between neo-Nazis and leftist demonstrators in the wake of the August 2017Â Unite the RightÂ rally in Charlottesville, in which Heather Heyer was killed.
There are â€œfine peopleâ€ on both sides,Â Trump said, infuriating Americans in general and American Jews in particular. This did not deter Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and New York Consul General Dani Dayan, however, from using the same odious analogy.
Rather than focus on the neo-Nazi credentials of Pittsburgh perpetratorÂ Robert BowersÂ or on Floridaâ€™s serial pipe-bomberÂ Cesar Sayocâ€™s endless admiration for Trump, Dermer and Dayan opted to muddy the waters. The two senior diplomats emulated the U.S. president by obfuscating the clear-cut white supremacist backdrop of the Pittsburgh atrocity and, in Dermerâ€™s case, by commending Trumpâ€™s statement after the attack.
So Israeli officials are siding with Nazis?
In other news: Politico reports that Trump doesn’t do any work.Â And former President Jimmy Carter sent a letter toÂ Republican nominee for governor, Brian Kemp, asking him to resign as Georgia secretary of state.