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President Trump's petty partisanship reaches a new low

So much for brotherhood and sisterhood in the holiday season


Jeremy Binckes
December 8, 2017 1:47PM (UTC)

To answer any questions about whether or not President Donald Trump has a display of thin skin, take a look at who was invited to the White House's annual Hanukkah party. Actually, take a look at who wasn't invited.

No Democrats, and no Jews who weren't Trump sycophants.

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This wasn't a private event, either,  it was a government event, held in the people's house. And still, only two Jewish legislators — Republicans Lee Zeldin and David Kustoff — attended the event, according to the New York Times.

The event itself was scaled down — at one time, the party hosted 1,700 people, and this year, only 300 — and cast out were "Reform Jewish leaders who have been critical of him or progressive Jewish activists who have differed with him publicly on policy issues," according to the Times. In its place were ex-Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke and Corey Lewandowski.

The party — in a room decorated with four types of Christmas trees, according to a pool report — was followed by a Republican Jewish Coalition "Hanukkah Nightcap" party held — where else? — at the Trump International Hotel. The nightcap party was partly hosted by a Republican Jewish group funded by Sheldon Adelson, as well as a Trump political action committee, adding their event, and the groups themselves to the long list of Trump-friendly entities who have lined the president's pockets through his hotel.

The Times played a bit of "both-sides," noting that President Barack Obama snubbed the leader of the Zionist Organization of America, who once called him a "Jew-hating anti-Semite."

It wasn't just a Jewish celebration, though. It was a victory lap of sorts for Trump, who took the opportunity to crow about his potentially dangerous decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. From the pool report:

Hitting the theme of the night, he stressed that this year, it is “all about Jerusalem.” After the applause died down, he said that there are “grateful Jewish congregations” all across the world.

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Even though Hanukkah starts on Tuesday, the president wanted to get the celebration out of the way now — because he apparently has more important things to do.


Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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