The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States has prompted a response from the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
In a statement, the JCRC congratulated Trump on his victory, but noted the election has caused "an increase in hateful rhetoric and activity, including overt and covert anti-Semitism." The JCRC did note that it was heartened by Trump's support for a strong Israel, and it encouraged him to "use his office to work for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis, and the dignity of all those who live in the region."
"We do not see this election as the end of a battle between enemies. Rather, the JCRC views this time as an opportunity to redouble our efforts to engage the community in promoting our vision of a just community that reflects both American and Jewish core values, which include repairing the world, treating all who are created in God's image equally, pursuing pathways of peace in public and in the home, and not standing idly by while others suffer," the JCRC said in a statement.
The JCRC had stronger words for Trump several days later on Sunday, Nov. 13, when the president-elect announced the appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor to the president. Bannon is the former president of Breitbart News, a website that hosts opinions from the "alt-right" political spectrum. The JCRC strongly denounced Bannon's appointment to the position.
"Through his words and his actions, Bannon spreads the alt-right’s dangerous white nationalism, racism and anti-Semitism -- values antithetical to the ethical underpinnings of this country," the JCRC said in a statement. "We call on President-Elect Trump to reconsider his appointment of Bannon; and to demonstrate his commitment to unity, pluralism, diversity, and respect for all Americans in future appointments.