Ivanka's NYC Rabbi Condemns Trump's Lack of Moral Clarity On Charlottesville As Richard Spencer Tells Israelis To Trust Him

Rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein of New York, Ivanka Trump's rabbi

Rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein of New York, Ivanka Trump's rabbi

Rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein and his successors Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz and Rabbi Elie Weinstock, sent a letter Wednesday night to members of New York's Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun In New York. Rabbi Lookstein oversaw Ivanka's conversion to Judaism in 2010. 

The rabbis said: "We are appalled by this resurgence of bigotry and antisemitism, and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK, and alt-right." The letter continued: "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."

Other Jewish leaders spoke out on Wednesday. the Republican Jewish Coalition is calling on the president to “provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.”

In a statement issued by the group’s national chairman Norm Coleman and executive director Matt Brooks, the RJC made clear it does not agree with Trump’s assertion that there were some “fine people” among the crowd of alt-Right and white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville.

“The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are dangerous anti-Semites. There are no good Nazis and no good members of the Klan,” RJC said, adding that in modern America these groups are marginal and “have never been welcome in the GOP.”

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is the largest donor to the Jewish Republican organization, which initially condemned the terror in Charlottesville did not mention Trump by name.  

Richard Spencer Chides Jews For Not Supporting Him

Richard Spencer, a key figure in the alt-right movement, said in an interview this week on Israeli TV, that Jews should ignore the anti-Semitism of the alt-right and respect with empathy his desire to create a whites-only ethno state. 

“You could say that I am a white Zionist in the sense that I care about my people,” Spencer told Dany Kushmaro, the host on Israel’s Channel 2 News. “I want us to have a secure homeland that is for us and ourselves, just like you want a secure homeland in Israel.”

Kushmaro pressed Spencer on the anti-Semitic chants heard at the white nationalist held in Virginia over the weekend, such as “Jews will not replace us.” White nationalists also brandished swastika flags and held their arms in the Nazi salute at the rally, which later devolved into open brawling and violence.

“Let’s be honest, Jews have been vastly overrepresented in the historical left,” Spencer said. “They’re vastly overrepresented in what you can call the establishment.”

Kushmaro reminded Spencer that he was speaking with a Jew and that the majority of the audience was Jewish. “How should we, how should I, feel?”

VICE News Elle Reeve Delivers Balanced Power Punch Interviews With White Nationalist Leaders in Charlottesville

'VICE News Tonight' correspondent Elle Reeve and her crew have the best coverage of the 'Unite the Right' weekend violence in which a domestic terror car attack left Charlottesville social-justice, para legal Heather Heyer dead. 

Reeve has built on a trusting relationship with white nationalist leaders, including Christopher Cantwell, Robert Ray, David Duke, and Matthew Heimbach. This is not her first interview and after reading white nationalist blogs of a quality nature -- yes, they exist -- Reeve has their trust as a fair reporter. Counter protesters are also interviewed and it's rare for a journalist to get people to open up honestly, knowing that Reeve isn't setting them up. 

In Britain PM Theresa May has refused to directly contradict Trump's insistence that both sides perpetrated equal violence in Charlottesville. Instead, May said that there was "no equivalence" between the far-right marchers and those who organized a counter protest.

On Tuesday, Trump went rogue at a press briefing, supposedly focused on infrastructure spending. Instead, Trump claimed that what he called the 'alt-left' (aka the counter protesters) was equally to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

“You had people that were very fine people on both sides,” Trump insisted. “Not all those people were neo-Nazis, not all those people were white supremacists.”

Others abroad have been more direct. Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, tweeted: “The President of the United States has just turned his face to the world to defend Nazis, fascists and racists. For shame.

Germany Justice Minister Heiko Maas blasted Trump's Tuesday news conference as one that sugarcoated the racist violence from the weekend.

“It is unbearable how Trump is now glossing over the violence of the right-wing hordes from Charlottesville,” Maas said in a statement, according to Reuters. “No one should trivialize anti-Semitism and racism by neo-Nazis.”

On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced the deadly violence in Charlottesville as "facist," "horrifying" and "evil", as she called for far-right violence to be condemned worldwide.

“It is racist, far-right violence and clear, forceful action must be taken against it, regardless of where in the world it happens,” Ms. Merkel said in an interview with the German public broadcasters Deutschlandfunk and Phoenix. Like May, Merkel declined to criticize Trump directly, saying that Germany continues to struggle with anti-Semitism and far-right extremists.

“Before we point our fingers at others, we need to take care of that which is happening at home,” Ms. Merkel said. “Of course that country is torn,” she said of the United States, “but what needs to be condemned is any form of violence, especially any forms of extreme or aggressive violence.”

Listen Up Dems: Repressive Societies Prioritize Controlling Women's Reproduction

Anne of Carversville has tracked the Republican War on Women in-depth since 2007. The assault on women has gained huge momentum under Trump, and this 2007 essay written by Steven Conn, now the W.E Smith Professor of History at Miami University, is more relevant today than ever. 

Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico lit a bonfire among Democrats when he said earlier in August that abortion rights shouldn't be a "litmus test" for Democrats. 

Abortion rights activists including myself erupted, imploring leaders like Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, to remain defiant with the Democratic Party. Richards couldn’t be clearer on how wrong she thinks Luján is, telling Politico. “It’s a shocking sort of misunderstanding of actually where the country is … which is overwhelmingly supportive of abortion rights and also, who are the ground troops that kind of fuel the election of candidates.” 

“Fundamentally, perhaps [what] he’s missing is, people can distinguish between their own personal feelings and what they believe government or politicians should do. And people even in some of the most conservative areas of the country who may themselves personally say, ‘I would never choose to have an abortion,’ or, ‘That’s not something that’s right for me,’ also, absolutely do not believe politicians should be making decisions about pregnancy for women,” Richards argues. “I think he’s totally wrong and I’ll use every opportunity to convince him of that.”

The truth is that Trump and conservative Republicans are coming at women's body autonomy with a torch -- the same torches that burned in Charlottesville. The alt-right believes that women's essential purpose is to breed. The white supremacists want white babies and they are poised to insist Handmaiden style that they -- THE MEN -- have control over women's bodies. It's positively disgusting to understand that in the aftermath of Hillary's defeat, Democratic men want to bring the Blue Dog Southern Democrats back into the party -- when they would be far more conservative today than 50 years ago.