In an administration that thrives on alternative facts, the ability for us citizens to ‘nitpick’, as Sean Spicer puts it, is a blessing. Jewish people are notorious nitpickers. Chalk it up to centuries of poring over archaic texts to try to decipher God’s law in a world of secular influences. Jewish people break apart grammatical nuances in Aramaic and argue over the other to find the best way to fulfill the commandments. There’s even an expression: two Jews, three opinions.
— CNN (@CNN) January 31, 2017
When the White House press secretary Sean Spicer slammed the media for ‘nitpicking’ President Trump’s Holocaust remembrance statement, I understood where he was coming from. How annoying is it when you’re criticized for forgetting something so obvious?! “Hey Sharon, you idiot, you forgot to pack an umbrella, didn’t read the weather forecast?” or “What the hell is wrong with you—didn’t you read the directions that said rotate the mozzarella sticks midway through baking?”
“Come on White House, didn’t you read a history book or watch Schindler’s List and learn that six million Jewish people died in the Holocaust?” I know Sean Spicer, it sucks being explained to.
Trump WH statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day makes no mention of Jews or Jewish community. Last year, Obama said "We are all Jews." pic.twitter.com/SNpuhpBZ1Z
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 27, 2017
Here’s the danger in forcefully trying to be the bigger man. When you, Sean Spicer, the voice piece of the White House, say that “we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered,” you’re not incorrect. My religious and secular education corroborates that, and yes, that while 6 million Jews did perish in the Holocaust, another 5 million were also murdered at the hands of Nazi extremism.
Those groups, consisting of priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, and resistance fighters, were shared by White House administration spokeswoman Hope Hicks in a Huffington Post article. Incidentally enough, the Huffington Post is an online outlet they deem to be fake news.
I digress. The idiocy in screwing up Holocaust Remembrance Day, as MSNBC puts it, is a chance to teach the difference in equality over equity. I mourn the lives of all 11 million victims of the Holocaust, but the blatant anti-Semitism of Hitler’s decrees make this an unfortunately uniquely Jewish experience. As Elie Wiesel said, ‘Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims.’
For the second time since Trump's election, the Holocaust Museum has issued a statement pic.twitter.com/FBklIAozTe
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 30, 2017
Equality is realizing that each victim has a voice, and maybe the Trump Administration wanted to avoid leaving anyone out, so they chose not to put anyone’s voice in. Equity is realizing that countries like Poland lost 90% of their Jewish population in the Holocaust.
I get it, the White House wants to avoid being provocative by mentioning Jewish victims because there were a lot of other victims. But this is also an administration that has seen a ridiculous increase of bomb threats against Jewish Federations and Community Centers across the country. You don’t have to nitpick hard to see a connection. When the White House claims they are trying to be inclusive by excluding everyone, they display a fundamental lack of empathy.
But then again, most Fascists aren’t known for being the warm and cuddly types anyways.