ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

First son Eric Trump caused a firestorm after being accused of making an anti-Semitic comment while discussing investigative journalist Bob Woodward. This, as the administration adopted a new policy on anti-Semitism in schools. We have the latest.

Aired on September 13, 2018.

 

 

 

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> ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE AGE OF A TRUMP PRESIDENCY.

YESTERDAY FIRST SON ERIC TRUMP CAUSED A STIR WITH THIS REMARK REGARDING BOB WOODWARD AND HIS NEW BOOK FEAR THAT MANY HAVE SEEN AS A BLATANT EXAMPLE.

DON'T YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE SOME SENSATIONAL NONSENSE BOOK, CNN WILL HAVE YOU ON THERE, THEY LOVE TO TRASH THE PRESIDENT.

IT WILL MEAN YOU SELL THREE EXTRA BOOKS.

YOU MAKE THREE EXTRA SCHECK ELS.

SCHECK ELS IS ISRAEL'S STANDARD OF CURRENCY, IMMEDIATELY RAISED RED FLAGS, THE WORD IS OFTEN USED IN A DEROGATORY FASHION.

ONLINE CRITICISM WAS POINT CALLING THE YOUNGER TRUMP INSANE OR OUTRAGEOUS.

AND WHAT HE SAID WAS DONE INTENTIONALLY.

WOODWARD WHO ISN'T JEWISH, RESPONDED WITH THIS.

I JUST HOPE NO ONE WOULD TALK LIKE THAT, FRANKLY.

I THINK THAT DOESN'T FIT.

AND I'M SORRY, ANYONE TALKS LIKE THAT, WHETHER IT'S A DOG WHISTLE OR WHATEVER THE INTENT IS.

IT'S NOT -- I MEAN, PART OF THE POINT OF THIS BOOK IS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE A SERIOUS DEBATE ABOUT SERIOUS ISSUES.

AND TO USE INVEHICLETIVE AND THIS ATTACK RHETORIC OR -- WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE.

IT SETS US BACK.

THIS CONTROVERSY CAME OUT AT THE SAME TIME THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ADOPTED WHAT MAY WELL BE A NEW DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN SCHOOLS MANY ONE WHICH IS BEING RECEIVED BY CHEERS AND JEERS.

HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INVEST INVESTIGATES DISCRIMINATION AGAINST JEWISH CHILDREN.

JOINING US IS MICHAEL STRATFORD.

WELCOME TO YOU.

GOOD TO BE WITH YOU.

LET'S SET THE STAGE FOR WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OFFICE, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS NOW DOING?

AND THEY'RE REFERENCING A CASE THAT AROSE AT RUTGERS IN 2011.

GIVE US JUST A QUICK SENSE OF WHAT THAT WAS ALL ABOUT, IF YOU WOULD?

SURE.

SO IN BRIEF, AMID ON GOING TENSIONS THERE, BETWEEN PRO ISRAEL AND PRO PALESTINIAN STUDENTS.

A PRO PALESTINIAN GROUP HELD AN EVENT AT WHICH IT WAS ALLEGED THAT SOME STUDENTS WERE CHARGED AN ADMISSION FEE THAT WAS DIFFERENT BASED ON A PERCEPTION THAT THEY WERE JEWISH OR PRO ISRAEL.

THAT IS A FACT THAT'S IN DISPUTE IN THE CASE.

SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE U.S.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S OFFICE ALLEGING THAT DISCRIMINATION UNDER FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAW.

THE COMPLAINT WAS DISMISSED, BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN 2014.

THE ADMINISTRATION CITED A LACK OF EVIDENCE.

SEVERAL GROUPS AT THE TIME APPEALED -- DID NOT APPEAL HAS BEEN PENDING SINCE 2014, WHAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DID LAST WEEK OR SEVERAL WEEKS AGO WAS TO REOPEN THE CASE.

AND THEY DID SO IN SORT OF A CONTROVERSIAL WAY, IN DOING SO, THEY ADOPTED A NEW DEFINITION OF HOW THE OFFICE WOULD DEFINE ANTI-SELL TIGS.

LET'S TALK ABOUT KENNETH MARCUS.

SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CRITICAL OF THIS ACTION HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF HIM, WHY?

KENNETH MARCUS FOR A LONG TIME HAS ADVOCATED FOR JEWISH STUDENTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND HAS SOUGHT TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

THE CONCERN EXPRESSED IS SOME OF HIS APPROACHES WOULD EFFECTIVELY STIFLE FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS AND STIFLE OPPOSITION TO THE POLICIES OF ISRAEL ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

AM I CORRECT THAT ESSENTIALLY THAT IT WOULD SEEMS TO BE SAYING NOW, IS THAT THE NOTION OF YOUR ETHNICITY IS SOMETHING THAT THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS WILL LOOK HARD AT AND THAT THEY'RE SAYING WE'RE GOING TO PUT THE NOTION OF A PRO ISRAELI, A JEWISH COMMUNITY INTO THAT CATEGORY, SO -- THEY HAVEN'T DONE A FINDING ON THIS, YET CORRECT?

BUT THAT GIVES US A BASIS TO LOOK INTO IT, RATHER THAN WHAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID, IS THAT AN ACCURATE DEPICTION OF THE POSITION?

I THINK THAT'S RIGHT, WHAT THE LETTER THAT WENT TO RUTGERS LAST MONTH SAID WAS, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS REOPENING ITS INVESTIGATION TO EXAMINE THE EVIDENCE THAT WAS ALREADY THERE IN LIGHT OF THIS NEW DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM, WHICH INCLUDES IN SOME CASES DELEGITIMIZING ISRAEL AS ANTI-SEMITISM.

MICHAEL, IT'S A BIT COMPLICATED, YOU HELPED US UNDERSTAND IT MUCH BETTER THAN BEFORE?

I THINK THIS IS GOING TO OBVIOUSLY CONTINUE AND OUR HOPE IS, WE GET YOU BACK IN HERE AND TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THIS CASE AS IT MOVES DOWN THE LINE.

THANKS FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

YOU BE WELL.

Funders

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