Trump Ad Uses Anti-Semitic Themes

Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair, from Trump campaign ad.

Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair, from Trump campaign video ad.

Yesterday, the Donald Trump campaign released a video ad, highlighting his closing arguments for the American people. In the ad, the Trump campaign once again employed anti-Semitic stereotypes, except this time, the words were matched to images of respected Jewish leaders: Janet Yellen, George Soros, and Lloyd Blankfein. (Janet Yellen is Chair of the Federal Reserve, George Soros is a billionaire investor, and Lloyd Blankfein is the CEO of Goldman Sachs.) The ADL’s Jonathan Greenblatt condemned the ad in a statement, and “Talking Points Memo” appropriately called the ad “anti-Semitic.”

The National Jewish Democratic Council issued the following statement, imploring the American people to recognize that Trump’s comfort using this language is unacceptable:

Trump’s casual use of anti-Semitic memes and stereotypes in this campaign has been shocking and dangerous. What has become increasingly clear as the election is coming to a close, especially with this latest ad, is that Trump has made a strategic choice to continue employing themes long used by anti-Semites. Let’s not forget that this is the man the KKK enthusiastically supports for president of the United States. If this is how Trump campaigns, when still faced with the possibility of turning off swing voters, imagine what a Trump White House would look like. Every undecided voter — in all communities, not just the Jewish community — must take a close look at this ad and internalize what it means. Normally, we’d request an apology. However, we’ve asked in the past and, true to form, have only heard silence on the other end. We ask instead that the American people reject Trump’s bigotry. This ad proves once and for all that he is too dangerous to sit in the Oval Office. Donald Trump cannot become president of the United States.

Article courtesy of the National Jewish Democratic Council

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