Celebrities React: Donald Trump’s Holocaust Statement Omits Jews
President Donald Trump’s statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day didn’t mention Jews or anti-Semitism, and many people have taken umbrage with the omission. Celebrities are among those reacting to the controversy. See stars’ tweets below.
Trump’s decision not to reference the six million Jewish people killed during the Holocaust has received criticism from many organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, which called the president’s statement “puzzling and troubling.” But the White House is standing by its statement, saying that Jews weren’t specifically mentioned because the administration wanted to be inclusive of all the other Holocaust victims as well.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump “went out of his way to recognize the Holocaust,” and insisted it’s “pathetic” that people are “nitpicking” his statement. In response to this explanation, Zach Braff posted a GIF of Winona Ryder looking confused at the SAG Awards, and added the caption, “Listening to Sean Spicer.” Meanwhile, Josh Groban posted a video of a bunny continuously flopping over and said, “Me after every Spicer answer.”
Additionally, Jason Alexander wrote, “It’s amazing that not a day passes without an issue or incident from this President. Now refusing to acknowledge Jews on Holocaust Day.” George Takei tweeted, “We are in dark, dangerous times. This is what happens with anti-Semite Bannon in the White House.” And John Fugelsang noted, “Trump signed #MuslimBan on the same Holocaust Remembrance Day where he didn’t mention Jews. Finally, a leader who can unite Islam & Judaism.”
Jerry Springer offered, “He insults John Lewis on MLK Day. He bans refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Can he be any more un-American? Disgraceful.” Josh Gad retweeted a post that read, “Spicer says ‘by and large’ Trump has been ‘praised’ for omitting mention of Jewish people from his Holocaust statement.” The actor then commented, “In former Earth, everyone involved with writing this and stating this would be fired from life.”
Marlee Matlin tweeted, “How are concerns by Jewish groups re: the omission of word ‘Jews’ on Holocaust Remembrance Day ‘pathetic’?? You should be ashamed.” And Alec Baldwin posted a link to an article with the headline, “The Trump Administration’s Flirtation With Holocaust Denial.”