President Donald Trump has spent a good portion of his time in office saying and doing things that appear to be derogatory to the people of the Jewish community and now he’s making up for it by making nice.
He held a White House Hanukkah reception and invited some of the nation’s most prominent Jewish Americans and signed an executive order that is targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses. Just one problem: One of the speakers at the event has actually said that Jews are going to hell.
Let’s review: There was the time Trump tweeted a picture of Hillary Clinton’s face next to a Star of David with the caption “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever.” There was the time Trump described a group with known neo-Nazis as having some “very fine” people in it.
There was the time Trump released an ad that showed powerful Jewish people and featured a voice over that said they were part of a “global power structure” that has “robbed our working class” and “stripped our country of its wealth.”
Seen enough? It gets worse.
Recently Trump spoke at an event held by the Israeli American Council. His intent might have been to soften his relations with Jewish people but it didn’t work out. Mostly because he said things like this:
“A lot of you are in the real estate business, because I know you very well. You’re brutal killers, not nice people at all… But you have to vote for me—you have no choice….
He kept going…
“Some of you don’t like me. Some of you I don’t like at all, actually. And you’re going to be my biggest supporters because you’re going to be out of business in about 15 minutes if they get it. So I don’t have to spend a lot of time on that.”
After the president just killed it with that super friendly speech, he called evangelical Christian leader Robert Jeffress to speak. Trump called him a “tremendous faith leader.” Jeffress then called Trump “the most pro-faith president in history.” It’s a love fest.
But Jeffress has a track record of some pretty seriously hate-filled comments. In 2010, he said that Islam and Mormonism is “a heresy from the pit of hell.” Then, on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, he issued a warning to Jews saying, “Judaism ― you can’t be saved being a Jew.”
In one of his past sermons, he said,
“Not only do religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, not only do they lead people away from the true God, they lead people to an eternity of separation from God in hell. You know, Jesus was very clear. Hell is not only going to be populated by murderers and drug dealers and child abusers. Hell is going to be filled with good religious people who have rejected the truth of Christ.”Robert Jeffress
But Jeffress has been a huge Trump supporter and to Trump, that’s the most important detail about anyone. Jeffress has spoken in support of Trump all over cable networks and radio. Earlier this year, he went so far as to say that evangelicals who don’t support President Trump are “spineless morons.”
Trump said at the recent Hannukkah event, “I’d watch him on different shows, and I’d say, ‘I like that guy. Man, he talks really great about me… And I like people that talk well about me.”
So this seems to be another event that only served to stroke Trump’s massive ego, once again. Surprise, surprise.