Donald Trump picks and chooses when he will be so-called respectful of various faiths and which religions he will do his version of respecting. The clear message that Trump has sent Muslims is that he neither respects them, nor wants them in America.
However, when he has something to gain, Trump has shown that the very people he will ostracize and exclude, he wants to protect. Most damning and disrespectful is that one of Trump’s best friends and key member of his staff is a known anti-semite and white nationalist, in Steve Bannon.
For these reasons and more, Donald Trump wishing people a “Happy Passover,” then giving a traditional Jewish greeting via hashtag, just doesn’t feel genuine. Trump tweeted:
Happy Passover to everyone celebrating in the United States of America, Israel, and around the world. #ChagSameach
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2017
People responded to Trump’s tweet to let him know just how insincere and bogus his tweet comes across:
@realDonaldTrump Your message to the Jewish community is a bit undercut by having Neo-Nazis on staff with you.
— 🐍 Sss-Town 🐍 (@JustinCaffier) April 10, 2017
— 🐍 Sss-Town 🐍 (@JustinCaffier) April 11, 2017
— Austin Braun (@AustinOnSocial) April 11, 2017
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) April 11, 2017
And while all of the above responses to Trump’s superficial and poor attempt to be culturally inclusive are legitimate, the reply below is perhaps the most telling. It serves as a bitter reminder that at times when Trump should be in touch with what’s going on in America, he instead chooses to put on facades that people easily see through:
— David Oller (@JohnDavidOller) April 11, 2017
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