|Time to say it: It's this fucking prick, with fingerprints everywhere.|
I've been to Dacau, Auschwitz, Birkenau, as well as The Rising Museum in Warsaw. One doesn't walk away unmoved, unaltered. To walk past the ovens, through the barracks, and by the outlines of Mengele's laboratory is soul-crushing. Coming to terms with the fact that an out-and-out anti-Semitic like Steve Bannon might be the top advisor to Donald Trump is horrifying.
Josh Marshall puts it well at TPM by describing his influence as "Bannon's Deathly Hand:"
In any case, there are no word limits in presidential statements. A more logical and worthwhile approach would be to note the various groups who were victimized. This isn't accidental. The new administration is riddled with anti-Semites and those who want to cater to anti-Semites.No doubt. Philly blogger Atrios also cuts right to it (and quotes Mel Gibson to illustrate):
This is textbook holocaust denial, or specifically soft holocaust denial "minimization." Basically, it's a denial that Jews were targeted specifically. Oh yes, it's sad that there were so many people who died during the war, but there's no reason to single out the Jews as victims. Wars are just tragic and sad, generally.To recap: This weekend Donald Trump managed to deeply offend both Jews and Muslims while singling out Christians as especially deserving of protection.
As Mel Gibson said to Nooners once:
I have friends and parents of friends who have numbers on their arms. The guy who taught me Spanish was a Holocaust survivor. He worked in a concentration camp in France. Yes, of course. Atrocities happened. War is horrible. The Second World War killed tens of millions of people. Some of them were Jews in concentration camps. Many people lost their lives. In the Ukraine, several million starved to death between 1932 and 1933. During the last century, 20 million people died in the Soviet Union.
This is a true rolling catastrophe, not a presidency. Uh oh, it is also a presidency.