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Dear Mr. Abraham Foxman….

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I want to begin by acknowledging your valuable work as former national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Although I don’t always agree with the A.D.L.’s positions on current events, I think that on balance that organization has had a positive influence.

I am, nevertheless, not at all enthusiastic about your recent featured blog in the ToI, which is headed: “Trump is bad for America and bad for the Jews.” You say that Pres. Trump’s leadership “endangers our democracy, and therefore our community.” The very first piece of evidence you cite in support of that dire conclusion is that “Trump’s presidency — in spirit and in deed — has given succor to bigots, supremacists, and those seeking to divide our society.”

I have to assume that, in alleging that Trump has supported “bigots” and “supremacists,” you are alluding to the remarks he made after the disturbances in 2017 in Charlottesville, Va., when he referred to “very fine people on both sides.” I assume this because, in April of 2018, in another ToI blog, you cited those exact words and instructed the president as follows: “Mr. President, there are not and never have been any good Nazis. None of them were very fine people. You have to say that publicly to the American people.”

Your claim that Pres. Trump “has given succor to bigots [and] supremacists” is grounded on a falsehood—Trump never said what you and innumerable other never-Trumpers on the left have claimed he said. You can........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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