Trump Asked, ‘Is This a Good Jewish Character Right Here?’ in 2021 Video
President Trump will not need to wait until 2021 for another opportunity to use antisemitic imagery to draw parallels between his presidency and Adolf Hitler’s, as he can apparently now draw them now.
On Tuesday, the White House posted a video of Trump giving an interview to a Jewish interviewer in which he is asked if he is “good at being president,” and he answers “I think I’m good at being president.”
Trump then tells the interviewee, “Is this a good Jewish character right here?” (The video has since been deleted; it was previously unavailable, but is now available to watch on Trump’s YouTube channel.)
A Washington Post video of the same interview has been circulating online, with one user identifying the interviewer as the Israeli-born author and journalist Dan Roden, as well as a second user identifying him as Dan Schmorak, a reporter at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, who is not, in any case, Jewish.
The video of Trump’s comments has attracted praise from several figures outside the Jewish world, including the president of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, who praised Trump for making an “affective” connection between his presidency and Jewish life.
“This is a powerful moment for the American people,” Foxman told JTA. “We should learn from it that the president is using words and images and rhetoric that are deeply offensive to Jews but is drawing us closer together — not tearing us apart.”
According to the Anti-Defamation League, a spokesman for the White House Press Office said that the video was intended merely as an “informational announcement” about the president’s upcoming trip to Israel, to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary.
That comment was in keeping with Trump�