Following Trump’s off the rails, impromptu press conference yesterday in which he again failed to condemn literal white supremacists and neo-Nazis at Saturday’s rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the rabbi who oversaw Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Judaism has released a letter to the congregation of Ivanka and Jared Kushner’s synagogue denouncing Trump’s abhorrent comments.
Rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein, along with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz and Rabbi Elie Weinstock, said, “We are appalled by this resurgence of bigotry and anti-Semitism, and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK, and alt-right.”
“While we avoid politics, we are deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation President Trump has offered in his response to this act of violence.”
Lookstein is no stranger to the Trump family; aside from performing Ivanka’s conversion, he was also invited to speak at the Republican National Convention last year to give an invocation. However, this familiarity did not stop the rabbi from unequivocally condemning the President’s ambiguous response following a neo-Nazi ramming his car into and killing 32-year-old activist Heather Heyer.
It seems that even those most loyal to the Trump family have reached their tipping point upon hearing the President’s disgusting comments at yesterday’s press conference. Trump may have been pandering to his base, but he effectively abandoned everyone else in the process.