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Trump Omits Jews from Holocaust Remembrance Day Statement

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President Donald Trump’s statement on Friday’s Holocaust Remembrance Day noticeably omits any reference to Jews. “It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of the Holocaust,” the White House statement read. “It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.” The statement continued: “Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.” Noticing the lack of any mentions of the estimated six million Jews killed during the Holocaust—or any other persecuted group, including homosexuals and people with disabilities—Jewish leaders like Anti-Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt criticized the White House. “Puzzling and troubling @WhiteHouse #HolocaustMemorialDay [statement] has no mention of Jews,” Greenblatt wrote on Twitter. “GOP and Dem. presidents have done so in the past.” The Trump statement stands in stark contrast to President Barack Obama’s final statement commemorating the day, in which he proclaimed “we are all Jews.”