Just In Time For The Holidays Trump Bandies About Anti-Semitic Tropes In An Interview With An Israeli Reporter

By Donald A. Collins | 18 December 2021
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Well, well, well, we finally got there. The attack on Jews, recalling the Hitler years.

What specific example for my belief in Trump’s terminal expulsion from political power do I mean?

Perhaps you may recall the huge alleged communist menace which Senator Joe McCarthy mounted amidst Eisenhower’s first term starting in 1952.

You might recall my earlier op ed on the final moment of the effective assault on the Senator when his outrageous attacks were finally upbraided by Joseph Welch.

Let me repeat the story as it relates to this current Trump attack, which has no basis in truth as did Senator McCarthy’s.

In the last scene of his 2 hour November 5th CNN special entitled “Trumping Democracy: An American Coup”, host Jake Tapper recited that famous line uttered by the attorney for the army, Joseph Welch, on June 9, 1954 in the hearing before Senator Joe McCarthy on one of his notorious anti-communists interrogations. This comment signaled the onset of McCarthy’s downfall and in 1957 he died in disgrace.

You can read that history, courtesy of Wikipedia here.

Joseph Nye Welch (October 22, 1890 – October 6, 1960) was an American lawyer and actor who served as the chief counsel for the United States Army while it was under investigation for Communist activities by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, an investigation known as the Army-McCarthy hearings. His confrontation with McCarthy during the hearings, in which he famously asked McCarthy “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” is seen as a turning point in the history of McCarthyism.

On June 9, 1954, the 30th day of the Army-McCarthy hearings, Welch challenged Roy Cohn to provide U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr. with McCarthy’s list of 130 Communists or subversives in defense plants “before sundown”. McCarthy stepped in and said that if Welch was so concerned about persons aiding the Communist Party, he should check on a man in his Boston law office named Fred Fisher, who had once belonged to the National Lawyers Guild, which Brownell had called “the legal mouthpiece of the Communist Party”. Welch had privately discussed the matter with Fisher beforehand and the two agreed Fisher should not participate in the hearings. Welch dismissed Fisher’s association with the NLG as a youthful indiscretion and attacked McCarthy for naming the young man before a nationwide television audience without prior warning or previous agreement to do so.

I was watching TV when Welch made that fateful statement, something I have never forgotten.

Which lying attack will bring Trump down? It should be this one from the HuffPost which you can read here.

A few lines from this article will give you the anti-Jewish flavor of Trump’s comments.

“I mean, you look at The New York Times ― The New York Times hates Israel. Hates ’em. And they’re Jewish people that run The New York Times. I mean, the Sulzbergers,” Trump said. (Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. was the longtime chairman of The New York Times Company; he was succeeded by his son, A.G. Sulzberger. They have Jewish ancestry but, according to the Times of Israel, some descendants were raised Protestant.)

“Unholy” host Jonathan Freedland said Trump’s comments were rife with “classic anti-Semitic tropes” and “a whole lot of negative stereotypes about Jews.”

“This is the guy who, after white supremacists went on the march in Charlottesville, said there were ‘very fine people on both sides,’” Freedland said.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt summed it up neatly, saying on CNN Trump’s comments “fall somewhere between stunning and stupid.”

The length of Trump’s ability to avoid prosecution and paying at least the political price for his misuse of the world’s most powerful office for his own personal gain astonishes most thinking Americans.

As I have postulated many times before, this racist, cowardly bully will be coming down hard, like McCarthy (Yes, I predict the other McCarthy will be coming down too). Americans are becoming increasingly frightened at the fury he has unleashed with his lies and the true threat of a coup in 2024.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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