Cardin: Trump’s Holocaust Remembrance Statement Justifies Concerns Over Bannon

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland slammed President Donald Trump for opting not to directly mention antisemitism in his Holocaust remembrance statement.

While Trump acknowledged the gravity of the historic event and vowed to do all in his power to prevent another from happening in the future, Cardin said Monday he failed to highlight the struggles Jewish people faced.

According to Cardin, the statement justified Democrats’ concerns over his choice to select Steve Bannon, who was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks by his ex-wife during the course of the campaign, as his chief strategist and senior counselor

‘s statement on the Holocaust completely omitted the horrors of anti-Semitism. Our concerns over appear justified,” he tweeted. “To speak of the Holocaust w/o acknowledging anti-Semitism or bigotry is to speak and say nothing. isn’t just a pithy punchline.”

“>”>called on Trump Sunday to be more specific in future remarks n the topic.

The Trump administration defended the statement, noting Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both practice Judaism.

“The president went out of his way to recognize the Holocaust and the suffering that went through it and the people that were affected by it and the loss of life,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday. “And to make sure that America never forgets what so many people went through, whether they were Jews or gypsies, gays, disability.”

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