2016-11-23 / Editorial

Jews must hold Trump to pledge to unify nation


In the bleary hours in the aftermath of Election Day, Donald Trump delivered a victory speech that took a far different tone from the rhetoric that was his trademark over the bruising and divisive campaign season.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump declared after he was called the winner of the all important Electoral College vote counts. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

As every president-elect should do, Trump promised to represent us all. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans ... This is so important to me.”

It is vital to us too.

And now, in the decisive days ahead, as the President elect chooses candidates for key positions in his cabinet and plans his course of action for the next four years, we as a Jewish community must hold him to his word to represent all Americans. This is a challenging job as Trump takes the reins over a very fractured country. Although he prevailed in the Electoral College, Democrat Hillary Clinton, representing very different ideas for America, won the popular vote by 1.3 million.

The fact that since Nov. 9, there has been a disturbing uptick in reported anti-Semitic incidents and other discriminatory events is a troubling sign. We as a community need to make sure that all people are protected.

With vetting now underway, Trump’s personnel appointments will shape U.S. policy for the next four years. These leaders must be committed to upholding cherished American values like First Amendment guarantees of a free press and religious freedoms to ensure the rights of minorities. We must continue to be vigilant to insure that “America is great again” for all people. 

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