A statement on Donald Trump’s racist tweets

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16 July 2019

By Rabbi Danny Rich
Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism

Donald Trump’s recent comments are inimical to the Jewish ideal of a single humanity under the sovereignty of a single God.

There is, of course, a role for patriotism and pride in one’s place of birth or residence – but it should never be at the denigration of others. All citizens of any country are equal and it should go without saying that this includes those who become citizens as a result of parental choice, immigration or tragic dislocation.

Trump demeans his Office as President of the United States by his foolish, ignorant and sometimes even misogynist and racist tweets which are designed to appeal to the worst of human thought and behaviour.

The unity and strength of a democratic nation lies in the celebration of its diversity.

 

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