Friday, December 08, 2017

White House Uses Hanukkah to Reward Loyalty to Trump

The latkes were fried and the kosher lamb chops were prepared on Thursday, just as in past years, for the first White House Hanukkah party of the Trump era. But there was one prominent break with tradition: President Trump did not invite Democratic lawmakers. Trump, who prizes loyalty and seldom forgets a slight, left Democratic members of Congress off his Hanukkah list this year, according to congressional aides tracking the invites. He also did not invite Reform Jewish leaders who have been critical of him or progressive Jewish activists who have differed with him publicly on policy issues. The move injected a partisan tinge into a normally bipartisan celebration at the White House, where on Thursday Trump spoke to a crowd standing amid Christmas trees. "I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room," Trump said to raucous whoops and applause, adding simply, "Jerusalem."

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"It's deeply unfortunate that the White House Hanukkah Party -- a bipartisan event bringing together Jewish and non-Jewish leaders alike to celebrate the Festival of Lights since 2001 -- has turned into a partisan affair under this administration," Representative Nita M. Lowey of New York said in a statement.

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remember when OBAMA was the source of all rancor and division in America.

we all should, the usual's here on the DR and cable news whined about it daily for 8 years while they stoked the rancor and division in America as hard as they could

#1 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-12-08 10:46 AM

remember when OBAMA was the source of all rancor and division in America.

#1 | POSTED BY CHIEFTUTMOSES

Yes, the Great Divider. ha ha. Now we have a president who can't even talk to the other side.

#2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-08 12:59 PM

"Now we have a president who can't even talk to the other side." - #2 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-08 12:59 PM

Talk to the other side?

We have a president who can't even talk out of one side of his own face, much less talk to the other side of the aisle.

#3 | Posted by Hans at 2017-12-08 01:10 PM

Do you suppose he wished em all a Merry Xmas?

#4 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-12-08 01:58 PM

Wow, so non-Zionist Jews are excluded from the ceremony, just like the meaning of the celebration! It's amazing how cruelty and inequality become enshrined.

#5 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2017-12-08 02:47 PM

Loyalty to Trump is the reason for the season.

#7 | Posted by rcade at 2017-12-08 06:39 PM

What a petty, classless man.

#8 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2017-12-08 06:50 PM

"Why was the Hanukah celebration held in the White House two weeks early? @BarackObama wants to vacation in Hawaii in late December. Sad." - Donald Trump, Dec 9 2011

#9 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2017-12-08 07:15 PM

What a petty, classless man.

Poor Melania, having to pretend to give a ---- as he cries himself to sleep every night.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-08 07:49 PM

Such a great unifier! Winning!
www.google.com

#11 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2017-12-08 08:25 PM

Happy Donukkah!

#12 | Posted by rcade at 2017-12-08 10:06 PM

I can't help but daydream about the trump family "festivus" dinner

#13 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-12-08 11:59 PM

Satan demands absolute loyalty.

#14 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-09 12:09 AM

Talk to the other side?
We have a president who can't even talk out of one side of his own face, much less talk to the other side of the aisle.

#3 | POSTED BY HANS

It is the strangest strategy ever. Trump is not interested in bringing the nation together. He is trying to govern a nation by continually insulting 60% of it.

#15 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-09 01:25 PM

What a classless act to not invite every person of Jewish heritage in every country in the world to the White House party. It's bad enough that he didn't invite the exact same people as the last administration, but to slight the entire world is just beyond the pale

#16 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-09 01:40 PM

#16 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

rcade, can we please get an "idiot" or "partisan stooge" flag?

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-09 02:13 PM

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