In a Tuesday speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Day of Remembrance, President Trump pledged his commitment to oppose anti-Semitism.
“This is my pledge to you: We will confront anti-Semitism; we will stamp out prejudice; we will condemn hatred; we will bear witness and we will act,” Trump said.
“As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel.”
The museum’s annual programming in recognition of Yom Hashoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel—has historically included a speech from the sitting U.S. president.
In his remarks Tuesday, Trump lauded Israel as “an eternal monument to the undying strength of the Jewish people,” recognized audience members who are World War II veterans responsible for liberating Holocaust survivors, and honored Elie Wiesel, a well-known Holocaust survivor and author.
“You tell of these living nightmares,” Trump said to Holocaust survivors who were present, “because, despite your great pain, you believe in Elie’s famous plea that for the dead and the living, we must bear witness.
“That is why we are here today—to remember and to bear witness, to make sure that humanity never ever forgets the Nazi’s massacre.”
Trump promised to support the Jewish people and the memory of the Holocaust, even in the face of deniers.
“Even today, there are those who want to forget the past. Worse still, there are even those filled with such hate … total hate, that they want to erase the Holocaust from history. Those who deny the Holocaust are an accomplice to this horrible evil. And we’ll never be silent, we just won’t, in the face of evil again,” he said.
Trump recognized the continued existence of anti-Semitism in the world, pointing to incidents at universities and recent “threats against Jewish citizens,” as well as terror attacks and those who “threaten Israel with total and complete destruction,” referencing Iran.
At the beginning of his presidency, Trump endured protests from some in the Jewish community who claimed he was not doing enough to stop anti-Semitic attacks in America, some perpetrated in his name. In February, the White House condemned the attacks.
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