Trumps Hanukah event excluded Jewish Democrats

Saul Bowman
December 10, 2017

However no Democratic congress people were invited to the event, despite the fact that 28 of the 30 Jewish House members are Democrats. For Trump, a premature party before a golf trip to Mar-a-Lago is totally acceptable.

Around 300 people gathered in the East Room of the White House Thursday evening to take part in the annual Chanukah reception that has been a custom in the White House since 2001.

In a tweet sent out December 9, 2011, Trump wrote: "Why was the Hanukah celebration held in the White House two weeks early? Sad", Trump tweeted, seen below. Hanukkah is next week.

Hanukkah, he said, is the only holiday when Jews are instructed by the Talmud to publicly celebrate the miracle behind the story, which is the victory of the Jews over their oppressors in the 2nd century, the victory of light over darkness.

He was one of 13 Christian leaders in Israel who wrote an open letter to the President asking him to promote peace instead of destruction. "We are proud to stand with the people of Israel and to renew our enduring bond".

Newsweek added: "In what appeared to be a conscious effort to exclude anyone who criticized his policies, Trump also failed to invite members of the Reform Jewish movement or any progressive Jewish activists to the Hanukkah party", which was held just a day after Trump made the controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

President of the Zionist Organization of America Morton Klein, who did attend the event, has a simple explanation.

'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 NY said in a statement.

The White House has denied that the guest list was shortened for political reasons.

Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for Melania Trump, told The New York Times, "I am not aware of the political affiliation of any of the guests, but I do know that this year was meant to be more personal than political".

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