President Trump Remarks at Hanukkah Reception and Signing of an Executive Order Combating Anti-Semitism – Video and Transcript…

Earlier today President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a Hanukkah Reception at the White House.  The event included a historic signing ceremony for an executive order combating anti-semitism.


[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. Thank you, everybody. And a friend of mine, Tim Scott, from South Carolina — a senator — where are you, Tim? You’re — there he is. And I said, “You know what, Tim? You have a big vote coming up. I think you want to go back to the Senate.” So I will tell you, without, Tim, this wouldn’t have happened. Tim Scott, thank you very much. We love you. Go back to the Senate and vote. (Laughs.) (Applause.) Thanks, Tim.

Melania and I are delighted to welcome so many friends and families to this incredible house, the White House, to celebrate this, really, sacred season and a very special time. To everyone here today: Happy Hanukkah. (Applause.)

We’re delighted to be joined by Vice President Mike Pence and his incredible wife Karen. (Applause.) And if you’d both come up. Mike? Wherever you may be. Come on up, Karen. Please, come up.

Also, as you know, Ivanka and Jared have worked very, very hard in this whole — (applause) — endeavor and many other endeavors, I will tell you. They’re doing an incredible job, and I’m very proud that the Jewish faith is a cherished part of our family. Very proud of it. (Applause.)

I’d like to recognize Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Secretary Betsy DeVos; Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen — hi, Jeff; as well as Senators Tim Scott, who just left, and he’s a fantastic guy, and James Lankford. Where’s James? Where is James? James come up here, will you please, James? Did he have to go for the vote too? All right, tell him we mentioned his name. A lot of these people are voting on some very important things right now. I’m saying, “You know what? Get out and vote,” right?

And we have Representatives Doug Collins, Josh Gottheimer, David Kustoff, Elaine Luria, Max Rose, and Lee Zeldin, all here. Where are they? (Applause.) Raise your hands. Are you here? Come on up, if you want, fellas. Even the Democrat can come up. What the hell. (Laughter.) Come on up. Come on up. What a job they’re doing. Come on up. Nice to see you all. Hi. Good. Hi, Doug. That’s great. Hi, Lee. Good job, Lee. Wow. What a lawyer. I’d hire you anytime, Lee.

I also want to bring a friend of mine up. He’s a tremendous success in so many other businesses, but they only know him because he signs Tom Brady’s check every week. (Laughter.) And he’s a really — he’s a champ, he’s a winner. His wife, Myra, passed away a longer time ago than we think, Bob. That was a big — that was a big, tough time for you, and for me too, and for Melania. I just want to tell you, you’ve been a special friend of Israel. Nobody closer to Israel than Bob Kraft.

So, Bob, please come up. Please come up. (Applause.)

And, as usual, his team is mired in first place. Have you ever been in second place? Not too often. You know what I’d like you to do, Bob, while you’re here — because we could all learn from Bob; he’s a champ, he’s a winner — if you could say a few words about Israel. Please.

MR. KRAFT: Thank you. (Applause.) Well, thank you, Mr. President. I’m honored to be here at this time, at this event, because this is really a bipartisan issue. And I know previous administrations had tried to do something in this area. And we know that college campuses are a place where you bridge-build and you include people and have education, and not be something that is exclusive and drives people away and generates hatred.

So, I’m so proud that, at this time, we’re doing something that is so bipartisan. And my wife, a blessed memory, would be smiling now because she loved America first, and Israel, and wanted to build bridges between the two places and have tikkun olam. And I think this, more than anything, is going to help do that. So thank you very much. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Bob. Thank you. Thank you very much, Bob.

I also want to extend my appreciation to Israel’s Ambassador, a man who’s become a friend of mine, and terrific guy: Ron Dermer. Where’s Ron? (Applause.) Thank you, Ron, very much.

As we gather this afternoon, our thoughts turn to the grieving families in New Jersey. Yesterday, two wicked murderers opened fire at a kosher supermarket and killed four innocent souls, including a brave police officer who faced down the shooter and very bravely faced the shooter down.

With one heart, America weeps for the lives lost. With one voice, we vow to crush the monstrous evil of anti-Semitism whenever and wherever it appears. And we’re working very hard on that. (Applause.) And I can tell you that — that we have a lot of people in government working very, very hard on that, and we appreciate their work. It’s not easy.

Joining us on stage for this event are two great Jewish-American patriots: Army veteran Oscar Stewart and Border Patrol Agent Jonathan Morales. (Applause.) As many of you remember, both of these heroes were at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue when a killer opened fire.

And, by the way, Robert Jeffress, I see you right here. And what a tremendous faith leader you are and a tremendous man you are. Pastor, thank you for being here so much, also. We appreciate it. We have so many people and so many great faith leaders here, and I want to thank you all for being here. It’s fantastic. This is a great, great day. (Applause.) We appreciate it very much, Robert. Thank you very much.

They raced towards the gunfire and saved countless American lives. Oscar and Jonathan, thank you both for responding to the worst evil with the best of American valor.

This afternoon, we celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah. More than 2,000 years ago, a ruthless tyrant persecuted the Jewish people and desecrated the Temple of Jerusalem. But a group of Jewish patriots defeated a powerful army, rededicated the temple, and won back their right to worship God in freedom.

Recently, I received a remarkable letter from a 12-year-old boy named Austin Polonsky, from San Francisco, California. In the letter, Austin summed up the meaning of Hanukkah. He said, “On Hanukkah…it is a tradition to light the menorah and place it by the window. We do this to exemplify how we are not afraid to show who we are or what we believe in.”

In Austin’s letter, [DEL: we :DEL] [he] asked if he could celebrate Hanukkah with my family at the White House. And this year, we are thrilled to let you know that Austin is with us today. Where is Austin? Where is Austin? (Applause.) Come on up here, Austin. Come on up here, Austin. Good-looking guy. Good. Come on, Austin. Don’t be shy. It’s only Bob Kraft. (Laughter.)

You want to say a few words? Huh?

MR. POLONSKY: Uh, sure.

THE PRESIDENT: Do you want to say — come on, Austin. Come on, Austin. Let’s get with it, Austin.

MR. POLONSKY: Thank you for having me at the White House today. It was very unexpected. My mom pulled me out of school when the White House called, and I was in the middle of lunch. (Laughter.) Probably one of the first times I was ever speechless. (Laughter.) Yeah. Thank you for having me here.

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead. You can — (laughter and applause.) That’s — that’s a good — good job, Austin. (Applause.) Come here. Thank you, Austin. Great job. Thank you.

He didn’t know he was going to do that. You did a good job, huh? — (laughter) — considering we got you by surprise a little bit, right? Thank you. Stay with the First Lady. (Laughter.)

Do you know Bob Kraft and everybody onstage, right?

MR. KRAFT: A Trump yarmulke.

THE PRESIDENT: Is that a Trump yarmulke? Oh, it’s a Trump yarmulke. Wow, I like that. (Laughter.) Can I have that, Austin? I want that.

Across our country, Jewish Americans strengthen, sustain, and inspire our nation. As President, I will always celebrate and honor the Jewish people, and I will always stand with our treasured friend and ally, the State of Israel — that, I can tell you. (Applause.)

So, two years ago, I recognized the true capital of Israel, and we opened the American Embassy in Jerusalem. (Applause.) And we got it built. They were thinking anywhere, for one billion to two billion dollars. I did it for $350,000. You know that. (Applause.) We got a building that was in beautiful shape, in the best location — best location there is. And we got it done. We got it done. We had it opened in four months, and it’s right now opened.

And, I don’t know, maybe someday they’ll build a more expensive version of it, but it can’t get much better. Right, Robert? I think — and Ron can tell you, it can’t get much better than what we have. We have the best location. They were going out. They wanted me to sign an order for anywhere from $1 billion to $2 billion, and they were going to look for a piece of land, but they said land in Jerusalem is very rare and very expensive. I said, “Do you think we have a piece?”

And David Friedman, our great ambassador, did a fantastic job. (Applause.) You did a fantastic job. I said, “David, they want to spend $2 billion.” I said, “Go check it out. Let me see. Call me back.” And he said, “Sir, I think we can do it for about $250,000, maybe $300,000.” So we’ll save $1 billion. And we have a better location than any location we could have gotten, Ron, right?

And it’s been open now for a long time. So, it was great. And we used all Jerusalem stone. Friends of mine like Jerusalem stone. Over here, it costs a fortune. Over there, it wasn’t so expensive. (Laughter.)

I’ve also recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. That was another big one. (Applause.) And I said to Bob, “So…” — Bob Kraft — I said, “So what was bigger, Bob? What we did for Israel in terms of Jerusalem and moving the embassy to Jerusalem, becoming the capital of Israel? Or the Golan Heights, which you’ve been looking to do?” For 52 years, they’ve been having meetings on the Golan Heights. Nothing happened until I came along.

I said, “Bob Kraft, which is bigger? Which is more important to the Jewish people?” He said, “Neither.” I said, “What does that mean?” He said, “What you did by terminating the Iran nuclear deal is bigger than both.” (Applause.) I think that’s true. (Applause.) I think that’s true, Jeff. You know? Could be true. I said, “I sort of agree with that.”

But today, we’re taking another historic action. In just a few moments, I’ll sign an executive order to combat anti-Semitism. This action makes clear — (applause) — that Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act — which prohibits the federal funding of universities and other institutions that engage in discrimination — applies to institutions that traffic in anti-Semitic hate. (Applause.)

So this is a very powerful document that we’re signing today. And it’s been a very big story over the last number of days, when they heard. As you know, they had almost universal support in Congress, and yet they didn’t get it done. And this has gone on for years and years. They’ve almost had universal support, but there was always a roadblock.

But this year, there’s no roadblock because I’m doing it myself. It’s much easier. (Applause.) And we have support from many in Congress. This is our message to universities: If you want to accept the tremendous amount of federal dollars that you get every year, you must reject anti-Semitism. It’s very simple. (Applause.)

My administration will never tolerate the suppression, persecution, or silencing of the Jewish people. We have also taken a firm stand against the so-called Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS. You know that very well. (Applause.)

And, I have to tell you, Jared Kushner and Ivanka, they’ve been talking to me about this for three years now, maybe longer than that. But I go back about three years where it’s something that I could do about it, you know. In this position, we can do things about it. Before that, not — not quite as much. I’d be just like you: successful, doing nicely, but not for this. But they’ve been talking — from the beginning of the administration, they’ve been bringing this up. And we forcefully condemn this anti-Semitic campaign against the State of Israel and its citizens.

We are profoundly honored to be joined this afternoon by Rosalee Glass, a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, the darkest chapter of human history. After the war, Rosalee came to America and started a drapery manufacturing business. Now she has written a book, starred in an award-winning film, and is going strong at the age of 102. (Applause.) Where is Rosalee? Where is — hi. You’re looking good. Thank you, Rosalee. Thank you for being here. It’s an honor. And you do — you really fill our hearts with open joy, Rosalee. So many people. And we know of your story.

In honor of Rosalee and the millions of Jews who suffered unthinkable persecution, we renew our pledge now and always: Never again. Never again. (Applause.)

Today, we thank God for the Jewish people, whose love and loyalty, brilliance and bravery, resilience and resolve, spirit and strength bless America and the world.

Before I sign the executive order, I’d like to ask Oscar to say a few words, and Jonathan will light the menorah. Thank you all very much. Thank you.

Oscar, please. (Applause.) Thank you, Oscar.

MR. STEWART: Thank you, Mr. President. Oh, boy, this is a great moment.

So what I want to say is: In Scripture, it teaches us that when the Jewish armies went to fight and to conquer the land of Israel from the Canaanites, it says the generals would speak to their men and say, “Leave, if you’re afraid.” I always wondered why it says this — that if you’re afraid, to leave — because God was fighting for them. So I came up with some of my own: It’s because you had no faith in God.

Well, today I stand with a group of people who have tremendous faith in God. And we are all of different faiths and we’re all here with one — with one thing in mind, and that is to end hate. And I am so proud to be standing here the day that this was signed. This is a momentous moment in my life.

And I want to thank the President and the First Lady for everything that they’ve done for Israel, but more important for what they’ve done for America. (Applause.) America is a nation of many, many people, and we need to remember whatever God you pray to, whatever religion you practice, we are all Americans and we need to love each other, and that will conquer hate. (Applause.)

Once again, thank you very much, Mr. President. I’m deeply honored.

THE PRESIDENT: Fantastic job. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

And, by the way, I see Alan Dershowitz. Come on up here for a second, Alan. Wow. (Applause.)

And I’d like to ask my friends, the pastors, to come up here. You know, Robert — and I have to say this to the other pastors, some of whom have been very kind — all of them have been very kind: We’ve never had such evangelical Christian support.

Jeff, come on up. Jeff. Come on up here, Jeff. (Applause.) You’re the one that’s doing such a good job legally to make sure all of this happens. But Robert Jeffress — I didn’t know him, but he — I watched him. And I’d watch him on different shows, and I’d say, “I like that guy. Man, he talks really great about me. And I like people that talk well about me.” (Laughter.)

And he was saying, “You know, he may not be the greatest Christian I’ve ever seen. He may not know the Bible quite as well as the rest of us. In fact, he may not know it very well at all.” (Laughter.) “But that guy is a real leader. And he’s going to a job.” And I appreciated that statement. I don’t know if I should have, but I did. (Laughter.) And I think we have led because I think we’ve made more progress toward faith leaders. We got rid of the Johnson Amendment, which was a disaster.

So I’d like to ask if — Robert, if you could say a couple of words, and if I could also ask Alan Dershowitz to say, and then we’re going to sign a very important document. Okay? Robert, please. (Applause.) Thank you.

PASTOR JEFFRESS: It is true, I believe President Trump is the most pro-faith President in history — (applause) — when you look at what he has done for people of all faiths.
And, Mr. President, you know, Jewish and Christian believers alike believe what God said to Abraham in Genesis 12 — that God would bless those who bless Israel and He would curse those who curse Israel.

And I want to thank you, Mr. President, for being the kind of President who has the courage to stand up and be, when it comes to Israel, on the right side of history. But most importantly, you’re on the right side of God. And that’s why you are not going to fail, and we’re going to stand behind you 100 percent. (Applause.) Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Jared.

MR. DERSHOWITZ: Great. For 65 of my 81 years I have spent at universities all over the country and all over the world, there is no more important event in those 65 years to turn universities away from being bastions of hatred and discrimination than this executive order being signed today. (Applause.) It is a game changer. It will go down in history as one of the most important events in the 2,000-year battle against anti-Semitism.

Thank you, Mr. President. You did a great, great job. The people who helped you do this did a great, great job. And you will be remembered by history for all time for having signed this very important order. Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Okay, should we do it?


(The executive order is signed.) (Applause.)

MR. KUSHNER: I just want to thank President Trump for all of his leadership on behalf of America. What we’ve seen the President accomplish over the last three years have been extraordinary.

When President Trump decided to run, there were a lot of people who weren’t sure what somebody who had never done anything in politics before would do. And I would say that all of our expectations have been greatly exceeded. (Applause.)

The plans that the team has put in place under the President’s leadership have produced economic miracles for this country. And I am confident that the best is to come. But what I believe is even more important is the President’s commitment to keeping all Americans safe, to keeping America free, to keeping America respectful of people of all faiths and religions. And the work that the President has done to ensure that is something that will have an impact for generations to come.

So I just want to thank you for your amazing leadership and for all that you do to protect so many people.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.

MR. KUSHNER: Thank you.

THE PRESIDENT: And we’ll light the menorah. (Applause.) Will you do that?

MR. KUSHNER: I think Jonathan is going to do that.

THE PRESIDENT: How about that? We’ll light the menorah. Please.

MR. KUSHNER: Jonathan. I think you’re going to light —

THE PRESIDENT: Go ahead, Jonathan.

(Border Patrol Agent Jonathan Morales lights the menorah.)

THE PRESIDENT: So, everyone, thank you very much. Again, Happy Hanukkah. This has been a great day. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much.

END 4:49 P.M. EST

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78 Responses to President Trump Remarks at Hanukkah Reception and Signing of an Executive Order Combating Anti-Semitism – Video and Transcript…

  1. WSB says:

    Just wonderful! These indoctrination centers must be stunted and crushed.

    May God accept my prayers for all of the fallen yesterday, and their families.

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  2. David DeAtkine says:

    God bless this man. God blesses those who bless Israel.

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  3. Chanukah begins Sun. night, Dec. 22, 2019 and continues through Monday, December 30, 2019. What are they doing this today for?

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    • YvonneMarie says:

      Why do people have Christmas parties before December 25 ?
      Advent is observed for four Sundays preceding Christmas Day.
      The Christmas season begins December 25 it ends February 2.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        So the observant celebrants can be home with their families?

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      • There is another aspect of this which is saying a blessing on something outside of the actual time it is supposed to be is a form of taking the Master of the Universe’s name in vain and it therefore seemed problematic. However there is also a different word used for the name of the Master of the University employed when doing things like practicing for the real event. Being Orthodox I suspect Ivanka and her husband know that and used it. I did not hear the blessing they actually said. It just struck me as a bit peculiar.


    • czarowniczy says:

      So the observant celebrants can be home with their families?

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      • Contrary to what most Christians believe, Channukah is a very minor holiday of far less family import than say Valentine’s Day in the Christian calendar. The fact it is 8 days long means they could pick any one of eight days to have the ceremony. However perhaps it’s because so many Jews take on double and triple shifts over the holidays in hospitals and other essential services. (I know certainly I did.) if they aren’t covering for Christians, Jews also take advantage of the fact schools are closed for family vacations. Perhaps that’s it. It was not kvetching. It just struck me as a very peculiar thing.

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    • Spar Harmon says:

      So you would a little something to kvetch about, tumble. Enjoy, and God bless you and keep you….


  4. X XYZ says:

    So what’s not to like?

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  5. sundance says:

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Another of those ‘thinly disguised antisemitic tropes’ the MSM keeps accusing Trump of using.

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      • yucki says:

        They’re simply evil.
        Right and Wrong can’t be parsed.
        This is Right. This is Good.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I’ll repeat something I’ve posted a couple of times before: Trump is the most pro-Jew president we’ve ever had.

          I worked for the Helmsleys i n the early 70s when they broke the WASP barrier in Palm Beach by buying the Towers. Prior to that a Jew had a better chance of turning water into wine than getting a room in Palm Beach. We had a 24/7 heavy security presence in the Towers as the fury directed against Harry and Leona bringing Jews onto the island was palpable.

          By the time Trump bought Mar-a-Lago and his golf club the Palm Beach antisemitism and racism was still alive and doing well. He brought down the wrath of the Beach elite by daring to allow blacks and Jews to not only stay at Mar-a-Lago but join his club and…gasp…play at his golf course. The city came after him numerous times for trivialities, they nickle and dime pecked at him for allowing undesirables to mingle with the hoi polloi.

          To me it’s no coincidence that the DoE went after Harry and Leona as they did, they’d been pecking at them for years, but someone in Palm Beach managed to convince the DC poobahs to take time off from the serious stuff to nail a couple of hoteliers on small crap…just like they are Trump.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Point of clarity: I’m not saying the only reason that Congress is going after Trump is his historical pro-Jewish stance but I’m 110% sure that elitist anti-Semitism plays a role at some level. You’d think the Congressional Democratic Capos would come to his defense on that point if none others but the entire Jewish-Democratic bund is attacking him.

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    • corimari2013 says:

      It is a good day when I see our First Lady.
      Melania is always beautiful, always graceful, always uplifting, always compassionate, always sincere.
      God bless this fine woman.


  6. zimbalistjunior says:

    this man is a hero.
    this man is the most consequential president since reagan or truman
    this man is the greatest president since lincoln
    this man is also hilarious–the jerusalem stone joke is classic

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    • yucki says:

      PTrump’s name shall be inscribed in the Great Book in the Sky alongside that of Cyrus the Great!
      • Yes, of course, Genesis 12-13.
      • But Luke 1:71-72 defines deeds, not pious sentiments.
      That we [Israel] should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant…

      – – PTrump is explicitly protecting a persecuted minority: Jewish – NOT Jew-ISH – college kids. Saving them from their haters, a truly Christian deed.
      That’s already law, but selective enforcement is undermining so many of our laws. Our President is bringing us back into line with our heritage, the divinely inspired works of our Founding Fathers.


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  7. NeoL says:

    1 word:


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  8. Right to reply says:

    I hope he will do the same for the rejected Asian students too!

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  9. Kerry Gimbel says:

    There are a lot of reasons the Democrats want to impeach the president. This is one of the biggest. He is successful beyond belief. And that sure hurts!!!!

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  10. czarowniczy says:

    Meanwhile, Trump signs an executive order targeting antisemitism on college campuses. He also ‘urged’ the Department of Education to consider using the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism in evaluating discrimination complaints. That definition includes the use of criticism of Israel, a frequent code word used by the antisemitic crowd.

    Immediately the ‘free speech’ crowd – you know, the ones who wish to selectively redefine hate speech on their terms – came out against the order as – what else – a constraint of free speech.

    I find this interesting as a nearby city has two middle schools in it, here in the deep South, one with an overwhelmingly white and the other overwhelmingly black. The white school has far better metrics than the black school in just about every area and yet the Federal DoE does not consider this discriminatory. I’m wondering how the DoE will judge antisemitism at the college level – open lynching of Jewish students?

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  11. Our first Jewish President!!


  12. ezpz2 says:

    Thank you, President Trump.

    And some extra thank yous on behalf of the grandparents I never knew, my parents who survived the holocaust, and the countless other Jews and non Jews alike, who were/are being persecuted and worse because of their faith, ethnicity, race…


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  13. Patience says:

    How –even more– special Hanukah 2019 will be for so many in the USA & across the world!

    Make America Great Again
    Keep America Great
    Be Best
    The Best Is Yet To Come

    ~>What a whole lot of goodness

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  14. MustangBlues says:

    In support of ezpz2, “”countless other Jews and non Jews alike, who were/are being persecuted and worse because of their faith, ethnicity,”

    Anti semitic and semitic means nothing in the language of today, just a blah blah; so in speaking this concern and truth, name it for moderns:: It is Jew Hatred, It is Anti Jew, no other words will do.

    If hatred of Jews is allowed now, it will be hatred of you before long. Haters want your death, not your social cooperation, never doubt ideologues ability to murder their adversaries, with glee, history is full of examples.

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    • ezpz2 says:

      Being highly sensitized to antisemitism for reasons I stated in my comment, I hear and understand what you’re saying, and I’m certainly not trying to dilute it.

      But hate is hate. Christians in the Middle East have been getting ethnically cleansed, and it’s been under reported. We must not look away.

      For me, the words ‘never again’ mean no more genocide. Period.

      ‘First they came for…’

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  15. Little Berkeley Conservative says:

    Oooh Janet Napolitano, this is aimed squarely at you and those quaintly tolerant, University of California campuses.

    One, in particular, is just a Molotov cocktails throw from your HQ in Oakland.

    It might finally be safe to be a Jew and walk through the Sather gates and on to Telegraph without some BDS thing getting in your face.

    Now the question is, would the entire UC system be adversely financially impacted over the endemic problems at one or two campuses?

    There is lots of money going to UC!

    Thank you VSG POTUS for this action, looking forward to Nine more years! You get a mulligan for all the deep state, Democrat bull schit!

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  16. yucki says:

    We set an example for Europe.
    Their empty platitudes about human rights are in stark contrast with the ACTIONS our President takes. They’re too deeply compromised to follow our example, but they’re most assuredly damned nonetheless.

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  17. Beth says:

    Chanukah is a minor holiday commercialized to coincide with Christmas.. Jonathan was supposed to recite 3 prayers on the first night with the candle lighting & return the ‘“shammash” candle back to the center slot.

    On the remaining nights only 2 prayers are recited.

    The 3rd prayer is recited on the most special JOYOUS occasions.
    In 1993,:It was recited by yitzhak rabin at the White house at the signing of the Oslo Accords with Arafat.

    It is recited after wedding vows, at the celebration of a new baby, at a golden anniversary, & ……AFTER ELECTING A NEW PRESIDENT WHO WILL BREAK UP THE RACKETEERING & CORRUPTION IN THE SWAMP OF DC

    “Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion”..

    Here’s how to light the menorah

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    • RIngo Phonebone says:

      This was clearly not an official or traditional chanukah ceremony. The lighting of the Chanukiah (a specific type of menorah) was a demonstration and I think it was described as such just before the lighting. It was done quickly for mass media consumption for the goyim.

      And chanukah doesn’t have to be commercialized in your family unless you let it.


  18. You have to appreciate this President’s clear effort to make this a homey, family, experience for everyone (just like with the Big Macs and french fries in the White House that time, remember?). Since President Trump’s oft-repeated characterization of his now-famous phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky as “perfect”, and this and other White House gatherings of the same “family” nature, I have a close understanding of what his “perfect” means, and want to call attention to it, just as Sundance has obviously done in presenting it to us in its “live” detail. This kind of Presidential, or leader, camaraderie, used to be called “the gift of the Irish”, as I also recall. So just like on St. Patrick’s day, with Trump “everybody’s Irish today”. Thanks, Sundance.

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  19. Whatever happened to ‘America First’? Why doesn’t the EO talk about ‘whiteness studies’ or ‘feminist studies’ that demonize White people and men? I am not sure why patriotic Americans think that *selectively* suppressing the First Amendment is a good idea. Especially when it’s solely in the service of a tiny minority of people who actually form the nucleus of the anti-Trump movement. This EO is just stupid pandering to the certain members of the Donor class at the expense of American freedoms. The fact that so many Treepers seems to just roll over for this anti-American EO is disconcerting. Get one thing straight: If you think that *any* people are the ‘chosen people’, you’re an outright racial supremacist. The EO is going *create* hard feelings toward the Jews and Israel where it did not exist before. The saddest part about this is that after creating so much hard feelings, the courts are just going to strike it down anyway. Or, at least, I hope some of these ‘conservative’ judges that POTUS is putting on the bench will do so in the name of the First Amendment.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      I hope your employer did not promise you, “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for your Trolling today!”


    • rbaer says:

      There are unfortunately very few places, even here, where such feelings against the Jews do not already exist, as evidenced by history and by recent events. This isn’t going to erase those feelings, just make it easier to legally address the expression of those feelings.


      • ‘Legally address’? You mean materially penalize someone for criticizing or hurting the feelings of someone else? POTUS was supposed to promulgate an EO *protecting* free speech on campus, not restricting it. In the meantime. he’s ‘monitoring the situation’ as many of his supporters get exiled from various social media platforms. This is one area where POTUS has been a serious disappointment.

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        • (The_Real) Bob W. says:

          Treepers, please excuse this followup – non-rhetorical – question/observation for HamburgerToday’s consideration…

          How is an EO merely cutting off taxpayer funds to (generally) incredibly wealthy institutions/universities that themselves institutionally support/succor language intended to stifle/actively-harm others, in any way restricting free speech on those campuses?

          Those universities remain free to allow/encourage students on them to ‘say whatever they want.’ It’s not as if those universities have a God-given right to my/taxpayers’ funds in the first place.

          “Thank you, Mr. President!” for all you have done to-date for this country, and may you be granted 5 more years to continue your efforts. Anyone who seriously believes they should expect to 100% agree with (to-date) 3 years’ of presidential decisions either must not be married or is otherwise seriously lacking a grasp of life-realities.

          As for disagreeing with any particular presidential decision, I understand the concept…and don’t 100% agree with the man myself. What kinda-sorta bugs me about ‘HTs’ posts in this instance is they seem a mite tonedeaf (to me, anyway) given the context of the ceremony. IMHO they’re better placed in the “Presidential Politics” thread.



          • I agree with you that campuses should be held to account for the monies they receive from the taxpayers. This EO doesn’t do that *except* in one, narrow area. There are no ‘anti-Jewish’ studies on any American campus. But there are plenty of anti-White studies and anti-male studies. And, despite the fact that the GOP is overwhelmingly a White people’s party and that white males in particular are among the strongest supporters of POTUS, this EO does not address their concerns.

            As for ‘Thank you, Mr. President’, I appreciate what he has accomplished, especially given the scale and intensity of the opposition to his genuinely ‘America First’ policies. I don’t worship the guy. I voted for him to do a job – the job he stumped for in 2015: revamp international trade agreements, stop mass immigration and a reduction in America’s foreign military commitments. For a variety of reasons, he really hasn’t accomplished that much on any of these fronts, but, he hasn’t made things worse and I appreciate that the GOPe has been utterly uncooperative on nearly all these fronts and it’s not entirely his fault.

            However, this EO is purely a WH product and it’s a complete waste of time. Either it doesn’t get struck down and becomes the basis for some Democrat doing the same thing for MAGA hats and pro-American organizations on campus or it does get struck down, in which case it was a complete waste of time as well as a distraction.

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    • (The_Real) Bob W. says:


      I’m neither Jewish nor ‘churchly religious.’ I also recognize the difference between ‘feel-good-only actions’ and ‘*substantive* feel-good actions.’ This ceremony/EO-signing is clearly in the latter category.

      To conflate the substance underlying this particular ceremony as being counter to ‘America First’ is so – (your choice follows): blinkered; prima-facie-ludicrous; sad; appallling; unbelievable – that it moves me to speak out from my little CTH branch to comment (and, shake my head in sheer [negative] wonder).

      Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Happy holidays to everyone. May God bless ‘Sundance’, our nation, everyone – known and unknown – working to ensure its shining light long illuminates the arc of history. And – for heaven’s sake (Caution – Self-entertaining humor nearby!!!) – please exercise everyone’s primary duty as educated, responsible, engaged citizens 11 months from now, i.e. VOTE!!!

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      • Every action has an opportunity cost. POTUS has previously announced he would be taking action with an EO on ‘free speech’ on campus. Instead, he signs an EO restricting speech on campus. This is not a ‘feel good’ action. This is an EO that takes near-immediate effect and will be the basis for decision-making at any higher education facility that receives federal funding (which is, basically, all of them).

        BDS regarding Israel is specifically mentioned in the EO. Protecting American-Israeli business dealings is not, to my mind, ‘America First’.

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        • rbaer says:

          “Protecting AMERICAN-Israeli business dealings” is indeed putting America First, before the political issues of the BDS. (Otherwise, it’s Palestinians First.)


          • It sounds like you’re saying protecting *specifically* Israeli business is more important than free speech or freedom of association? That would be fine if only *your* speech was being infringed, but it’s not. ‘Palestinians First’? Is there silliness that the Israel-Love-It-Or-Shut-Up faction will not stoop to? I don’t see how curtailing American freedoms in the same of ‘Israel’ or the feelings of Jews *only* is ‘America First’. I consider ‘whiteness studies’ and ‘women’s studies’ and ‘anti-colonial studies’ to be far more worthy of attention/suppression.


        • Marc says:

          Exactly. Many here can’t/won’t see that refusing to give money to universities that support BDS is an obvious government affront to free speech and freedom of association. I heard about this on Christian radio years ago and knew what direction they’d go in spite of how obviously flawed the logic is.

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    • Super Elite says:

      You are sadly mistaken, sir.

      Students who attend university are chosen. Marriage partners are chosen. Religious beliefs are chosen.

      You cannot even think straight and don’t understand the meaning of the word. The Bible says make your calling (i.e., chosen status) and election sure.

      I have heard the meaning as you are chosen as long as you stay chosen… that you stay married if you don’t run off and get a divorce. etc. etc. etc.

      Got it?

      Get off your high horse and learn something today.


      • Super Elite says:

        P.S. God chose Israel as the race to have his Son born into. The Bible says, “Salvation is of the Jews.” (just saying)

        Lest you think that I am Jewish you are very badly mistaken. I’m from that old despised race of Southern Redneck Rebels. I once had a Black preacher preach a sermon that compared me to the Canaanite woman that Jesus said to her, “It’s not meet to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.” To which the Canaanite woman replied, “The dogs get the scraps from the children’s table.” You might want to read the whole Bible story about that before you judge.

        Oh, and Donald John Trump was chosen 45th President of the USA. Capeesh?


      • AmrHollywood says:

        Don’t know or care about your religion, already have laws in place for that But in my Creed as an American, we don’t always get what we want or buy what we want; Chosen is in the hands of your Peers. Haven’t been on a horse in years, sounds like fun for this Urban Cowboy; to get out from behind these idiot boxes.


        • Super Elite says:

          Hey Hollywood,
          My religion is Sola Scriptura.

          “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 That actually means you get the desires of your heart… well if you are God’s child you so. [by the way when they spell it in all uppercase, LORD, that means “the boss”.]

          My political persuasion is TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP. 🙂


          • AmrHollywood says:

            I know the edomites were not at Mount Sinai, I who the god on usa money is not, the so called lord in my strong’s concordinance, who stands for a masonic construct, the architect. I know I reside in the Spirit of my Elohim and he is not of this world and I know The Father chooses us and it has nothing to do with a fancy wordsmith or a clever comment. If you do not understand who is esau/edom or the books removed from the Scriptures, you will never fully understand the futility of “the chosen”. Have things gotten better or just an illusion, who are you fooling. huh


      • OK. So you think that there is a ‘chosen people’? If so, who are the ‘chosen people’? Who chose them? What are they chosen to do? If you think I have something to ‘learn’, teach.

        As for ‘high horses’, I think you’re projecting. If my speaking my mind makes you feel either inferior or superior, that’s your problem, not mine.


        • Super Elite says:

          LOL I don’t have inferior/superior complexes. And I’m not a theologian either. However I have read my Bible a time or two.

          You know the Jews gave us their Bible and our Jesus. The least I can do is be grateful.

          By the way, I’m also grateful that I live in the USA which us WASP built. The USA is referenced also in the Bible. But that’s another story. If you haven’t read the Good Book to begin with that might be out of your league. (just saying)

          So for starts read the following texts and look for the word “chosen” and “His people,” stuff like that. I would bold them for you but I don’t have that function.

          “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 7:6-8

          “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” Deuteronomy 14:2

          “You have today declared the LORD to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice. “The LORD has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments; and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, for praise, fame, and honor; and that you shall be a consecrated people to the LORD your God, as He has spoken.” Deuteronomy 26:17-19

          “And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from nations and their gods? “For You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, O LORD, have become their God.” 2 Samuel 7:23-24

          [Jacob’s name was changed to Israel at the famous Jacob’s Ladder Dream communique.] That’s me Super Elite talking here.

          “For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession.” Psalm 135:4

          “But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend,” Isaiah 41:8

          “Hear this word which the LORD has spoken against you, sons of Israel, against the entire family which He brought up from the land of Egypt: ‘”You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”‘Amos 3:1-2

          [I haven’t even gotten out of the Old Testament references yet. But I wanted to throw in a text by St Paul here:] Super Elite

          “I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?” Romans 11:1-2

          P.S. I got my Super Elite name from President Trump. 😉


  20. shipley130 says:

    Meanwhile, the ladies on The View (yeah the redhed unfunny girl) are being so friggin racist against white people.

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  21. Super Elite says:

    Hey Hollywood,
    My religion is Sola Scriptura.

    “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 That actually means you get the desires of your heart… well if you are God’s child you so. [by the way when they spell it in all uppercase, LORD, that means “the boss”.]

    My political persuasion is TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP. 🙂


    • AmrHollywood says:

      Do not worship idols? You will know them by their deeds. Replacement theology by traditions of men, wholesale murder of innocents in endless wars? Are these the works of the Most High? You Called Me out, “Super Elite” what say you?

      2 Esdras 7:19 And he said to me, “You are not a better judge than God, or wiser than the Most High!

      Let many perish who are now living, rather than that the law of God which is set before them be disregarded!

      For God strictly commanded those who came into the world, when they came, what they should do to live, and what they should observe to avoid punishment.

      Nevertheless they were not obedient, and spoke against him; they devised for themselves vain thoughts, and proposed to themselves wicked frauds, they even declared that the Most High does not exist, and they ignored his ways!

      They scorned his law, and denied his covenants; they have been unfaithful to his statutes, and have not performed his works.


      • Super Elite says:

        Idols???? I’m quite aware of the the 2nd Commandment. “”You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” Exodus 20:4 Nothing higher than the moon; deeper than the ocean, more encompassing than the whole earth?

        I never call anybody out! I’m a pretty good Libertarian. Do what ever the hell you want to do. But then YOU have to pay the price for it. Kind of a quid pro quo so to speak.

        But if that’s the way you want to play it try this question on for size:
        My question to you is does the 2nd Commandment mean that any time you watch a movie, make a photo with your camera, look at an hieroglyphic are you breaking one of the Ten Commandments? Do you drop out of Art History class to remain pure?

        And by the way, If you have any knowledge of God at all you know that God is not the author of evil. The Devil — God’s arch enemy and nemesis is the author of “…wholesale murder of innocents in endless wars…”

        What kind of God do you serve that you would even think about or ascribe such a violent persona?


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