President Trump is once again casting himself as the victim in a pathetic attempt to gin up sympathy for himself. This time, he’s decided to shamefully exploit anti-semitism, tweeting about an offensive cartoon published by The New York Times. The newspaper has since apologized for running it, but Trump sees it as an opportunity to talk about himself.
The president tweeted that even though the Times has apologized for the anti-semitic cartoon, they still haven’t apologized to him for printing “Fake and Corrupt” news on a daily basis. He failed to specify exactly which story about him was fake, which is presumably because there isn’t a specific story. The Times has done great and reputable reporting on the Trump administration, despite the president’s smear. Just because their coverage has been unflattering at times doesn’t make it fake.
Beyond the indefensible attack on the paper, his comparing of himself to the victims of anti-semitism is incredibly insensitive, given that hate crimes in this country have risen under his watch as white nationalist elements have been emboldened by his hatemongering. Just two days ago there was another tragic shooting at a synagogue. Anti-semitism is a deadly serious issue, and Trump cheapens it by pretending like it’s the same as his public relations problem.
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The president should be ashamed of himself for pretending that he has any idea how the Jewish people of this country feel, especially since his very presidency has made things less safe for them. The Times doesn’ owe him an apology, but he absolutely owes the Jewish community one.
The New York Times has apologized for the terrible Anti-Semitic Cartoon, but they haven’t apologized to me for this or all of the Fake and Corrupt news they print on a daily basis. They have reached the lowest level of “journalism,” and certainly a low point in @nytimes history!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2019