I’m sorry that today is such a Jewish news heavy day, it’s just turned out to be one of those days.
Earlier today I wrote a post debunking the media narrative from a few days ago that Trump was an antisemite because of what he said before the IAC.
Since then, the media’s deliberate, mendacious, mischaracterization of Trump’s actions as antisemitic have only gotten worse.
Trump signed an executive order that declared that antisemitism is a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as it pertains to federal funding of colleges.
How did the New York Times report on this? As accurately as their reporting on the Holodomor.
President Trump will sign an executive order defining Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, thus bolstering the Education Department's efforts to stamp out "Boycott Israel" movements on college campuses https://t.co/0avw7eseMc
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) December 10, 2019
This lead to an internet freak out, where Trump’s EO was said to be tantamount to what Hitler did and that this was the first step in defining Jews as “not Americans” and getting them ready for deportation.
I fuck you not. I heard that shit from Jews I know, blasting panicky text messages at me.
yeah, because what could go wrong with letting the guy who literally called Nazis “very fine people” get to define what Judaism is
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) December 11, 2019
Would Jewish Americans have a special symbol on their passports? I don’t know – like a star or something?
— Tero Kuittinen (@teroterotero) December 10, 2019
What it will do is make me a second class American. It is an attempt to dilute my nationality as an American.
— Sanda Blue (@SandaBlue) December 11, 2019
Good morning! The president of the United States who called these guys “fine people” is signing an executive order declaring Jews aren’t American. pic.twitter.com/s0fha0oRzc
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 11, 2019
Welp. This is antisemitic as fuck and absolutely horrifying in every possible way.
Sounds like a good way to start deporting Jews! https://t.co/KKi3fTNnTF
— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) December 10, 2019
Like just about everything else the media says about Trump, this was fucking wrong too.
Yair Rosenberg of the Jewish magazine Tablet highlighted the relevant text on Twitter:
So the text of the actual executive order on anti-Semitism does not seem to be nearly as problematic as was reported. They could have changed it, but it does not appear to define Jews as a nationality. Here’s the relevant section: https://t.co/ZMxWUr5ClZ pic.twitter.com/uAzZDKsIuM
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) December 11, 2019
The Jewish Insider has the whole text of the EO available, and says this about it:
As first reported by The New York Times on Tuesday, the order formally calls on government departments enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
The order calls for the enforcement of “Title VI against prohibited forms of discrimination rooted in anti-Semitism as vigorously as against all other forms of discrimination prohibited by Title VI.” The order also calls on departments enforcing Title VI to consider “‘Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism’ identified by the IHRA, to the extent that any examples might be useful as evidence of discriminatory intent.”
Initial reporting indicated that the order would include language defining Judaism as a “national origin,” setting off a frenzy among major Jewish organizations, activists and lawmakers. The draft text of the order obtained by JI makes no such reference.
So why is this EO both good an important?
Inside Higher Ed reports “A Surge of Anti-Semitism” on college campuses. Jewish students who want to study abroad in Israel are being denied letters of recommendation, harming their academic advancement.
The New York Post reported “‘Eviction’ notices placed on doors of Jewish students at Emory University.”
CNN reported “UCLA student is latest victim of anti-Semitism on campus” when she was denied a student government position because she was Jewish. This went on record in the official minutes of the Student Government.
Then there all of these incidents seen in these various documentaries.
Jewish students are facing threats, intimidation, violence, harassment, harm to their academic careers, and naked bigotry, almost universally from the Leftists and Progressives on college campuses.
Trump’s EO would provide those Jewish students with the same level of protection that other groups are entitled to under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
But because Trump is protecting Jews from radical Leftists, the Leftists in the media have to twist this into Trump being bad Orange Hitler out to destroy the Jews.
Given the reaction I’ve seen, they’ve succeeded in cementing that narrative.
Trump is the best President Jewish Americans have ever had and the Left is going to make abso-fucking-lutely sure that American Jews don’t know this and believe the opposite.