Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States
Goal: Publicly condemn the rise in anti-Semitism occurring throughout the country and present a plan for ending these hate crimes.
Despite the fact that his daughter and grandchildren are Jewish, President Donald Trump has been rather lax on speaking out against the rise in anti-Semitism occurring throughout the United States, going so far as to completely eliminate any mention of the Jewish from the White House’s Holocaust Remembrance Day statement. His most recent remarks, simply calling anti-Semitism “horrible,” are not enough.
Trump must acknowledge the fact that hate crimes against the Jewish population and other religious minorities, like Muslims, have been on the rise since his election. He must admit that the rhetoric of his campaign — the use of a Star of David on his Twitter feed, the use of the isolationist and Nazi-sympathizer phrase “America First,” his failure to immediately disavow KKK member David Duke, and much more — have given fire to the flames of right-wing nationalists, even if this was entirely unintentional. He must also condemn the hateful propaganda published by alt-right site Breitbart, formerly headed by his chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Sign the petition and let Trump know that his most recent condemnation of anti-Semitism is not enough. He must speak out constantly. He must not ignore the facts that hate groups are tripling in number and he must not attack reporters who confront him with these facts. He must condemn this hatred publicly and strongly and present an agenda for bringing it to an end.
Dear President Trump,
Anti-Semitism is on the rise and hate groups have tripled since you announced your run for presidency. While you may deny it, your campaign is entirely responsible for this uptick. You’ve promoted stereotypes. You’ve used anti-Semitic imagery. You’ve even eliminated mention of the Jewish from your Holocaust Remembrance Day statement.
All of this may be unintentional, but it cannot be argued that it rallied white supremacists around your campaign. Your recent remarks against anti-Semitism are not enough. They are nothing more than trivialities that lend no relief to those affected. You must not only disavow these hate crimes, but also introduce policies that will help bring them to an end. To do so would show your supporters that you have no patience for those who hate religious and ethnic minorities.
[Your Name Here]
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