For months on Facebook and in Times of Israel reader comments, backbiters and name-callers have joined Trump’s verbal feeding frenzy, slamming bloggers and others who dared to oppose Donald Trump.
It is not those who exercised their right to express support of Trump whom I take to task. It is you.
You who said of Trump opponents that “The most moronic morons in the world are Jewish morons, because the Almighty creates Jewish idiots with a special gusto.”
You who said that “There is no lie they [those who oppose Trump] won’t tell–no smear they won’t indulge and no boundary of decency they won’t cross in order to discredit him.”
You who called Trump critic and former Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman, “long past his best before date.”
And you who called Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, “Hitlery Klintoon an anal pore [sic].”
I’m not going to out those who wrote these comments. You know who you are. And Jewish tradition forbids me from engaging in public humiliation: “He who publicly shames his neighbor is as though he shed blood (Talmud, Baba Metzia 58B).”
But your silence is deafening.
Not so long ago, many Jews here and elsewhere were lining up to back Trump. Some expressed reasoned – if misguided — support of The Donald:
Gedaliah Shaps, 49, an entrepreneur and self-described modern Orthodox liberal Jew from New York’s Long Island, told the Times of Israel, “People are bent out of shape because he won’t take sides. I’m a negotiator myself; that’s how you do things… I believe he truly has Israel’s best interests at heart. He says Israel is going to love him, and I believe that.”
Marc Rauch, 64, a film producer in Los Angeles, added, “I think he’s honest. Obviously he has a good business background…Trump is somebody who has real experience. What I don’t want is another guy who has done nothing in his life other than run for public office.”
Some were impressed by daughter Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Orthodox Judaism.
Others, like Republican Jewish Coalition board member Abbie Friedman, applauded Trump’s nerve. Friedman on Trump: “A mensch with chutzpah.”
I disagreed. But they had a right to express their opinions.
However, now we have witnessed Donald Trump order his supporters to, “Raise your right hand.”
Now Foxman, a Holocaust survivor, has said that “To see an audience of thousands of people raising their hands in what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America.”
Now Foxman has described this as a deliberate maneuver: “He is smart enough – he always tells us how smart he is – to know the images that this evokes.”
Now a Trump supporter has been caught on tape shouting, “Go to Auschwitz!” at a pro-Trump rally in Kansas City.
Where did you haters go? Does your silence imply that you condone such behavior? Does it belie your continued support of Trump?
If not, I am waiting for an apology. Waiting for a miracle on Lamed Daled Street in which one of you writes, “Yes, Varda, there is a righteous man in Sodom. I’m sorry. I was wrong.”
And I’m wondering why it’s taking you so long. But I’ll leave it to the pundits and social scientists to explain why your mea culpa is so slow in coming.
I’m not holding my breath.