Thursday, April 28, 2016
And Of Course We Want To Know...
...how Jewish Republicans feel about all this Donald Trump "America First" stuff. "I like the expression," Trump said.
So back we go to World War II, and another obscene borrowing of a phrase. But at least it gives us a history lesson — and the opportunity to remember the racism and anti-Semitism of aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, who championed "America First" the last time around.
The "greatest danger" that American Jews posed, Lindbergh declared in 1940, was "their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government." Speaking against US involvement in the war in Europe, he said, "This is not a question of banding together to defend the white race against foreign invasion." He added, "Instead of agitating for war, Jews in this country should be opposing it in every way, for they will be the first to feel its consequences." And Hitler, he said, was "undoubtedly a great man." Ugh.
Memo to Ari Fleischer, Sheldon Adelson, Ken Mehlman, Eric Cantor, Michael Savage, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Ben Stein, Michael Chertoff, David Frum, Paul Wolfowitz, and others:
Please share your reaction to Trump's kinship with Charles Lindbergh. How comfortable are you with the thought of America's foreign policy in The Donald's hands? Inquiring non-Republican minds want to know. In the meantime, we'll just remember how FDR blocked Lindbergh from enlisting after Pearl Harbor, and PURR.