U.S. Jewish Senator tells Trump’s Jewish Cabinet Members to Resign
Hawaii Jewish Democratic Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has called on all Jewish members of US President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to resign over his response to the Charlottesville demonstration.
Sen. Schatz was speaking on TV news channel, MSNBC. While responding to a question about whether he thought Jewish Cabinet members should resign in protest said ““Yes. I believe they have to.”
Schatz had previously tweeted his condemnation of Trump’s news conference on Tuesday in which the president condemned “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, calling the counter-protesters facing down the white supremacist demonstrators the “Alt-Left.”
Schatz tweeted that “As a Jew, as an American, as human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment. This is not my President,” and tweeted “I think this is the end of Republicans being able to hide behind some imaginary Donald Trump that clearly does not exist anymore.”
As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment. This is not my President.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) August 15, 2017
The Jewish Democratic Senator added that “I think people of conscience cannot pretend that this president is something they hoped he would be. That they were hoping he would be competent, that he would be a dealmaker in the middle, a pragmatist.”
“I remember reading an article online at the beginning of the presidency that he was going to function as an executive chairman and allow each one of his cabinet officials to run the government as they see fit. None of that happened,” the Senator added.
Schatz comments were in response to Trump’s press briefing last Tuesday. President Trump was defending himself against bipartisan criticism that he was slow and equivocal in condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists that incited violence during demonstrations in Charlottesville.
During the press conference, President Trump revived his earlier claim that it was not just white supremacists that were responsible for the violence, saying “alt-left” groups were “very, very violent” in opposing the right-wing demonstrators, who had initially planned to protest the city’s decision to remove a Confederate statue.
“This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson. Is it George Washington next?” he said. “You have to ask yourself, where it stops,” Trump said.
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