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Republican Jewish Coalition Blasts Trump’s Holocaust Remembrance Statement

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), an influential political lobbying group, slammed President Donald Trump for failing to directly mention Jewish people in his Holocaust remembrance statement.

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror,” Trump said in his statement Friday.“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎ As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.”

Trump went on to say he will do all in his power to prevent another holocaust from happening in the future.

“In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world,” he continued.

The RJC expressed their disappointment Trump omitted commenting on what Jewish people went through in the statement.

“As supporters of President Trump, we know that he holds in his heart the memory of the six million victims of the Holocaust, and is committed not just to their memory, but ensuring it never happens again,” Fred Brown, an RJC spokesman, said in a statement to Politico. “The lack of a direct statement about the suffering of the Jewish people during the Holocaust was an unfortunate omission.”

The organization went on to call on Trump to directly address the situation going forward.

“History unambiguously shows the purpose of the Nazis’ final solution was the extermination of the Jews of Europe.” Brown continued. “We hope, going forward, he conveys those feelings when speaking about the Holocaust.”

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus noted Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, are both Jewish during a Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press.”

“I mean, everyone’s suffering in the Holocaust, including, obviously all of the Jewish people affected, and the miserable genocide that occurred is something that we consider to be extraordinarily sad and something that can never be forgotten,” he said.

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