Ivanka and Jared: There Is No Hiding / by marilyn salenger

The ignorance of a father need not be reaped upon the daughter.

President Donald Trump's outrageous and dangerous support of Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville will help enrich his standing with the alt-right, while he secures his position as the worst president in U.S. history. He has burdened our country with the betrayal of human decency and equal regard for all humankind.

When chants of "Jews will not replace us" come out of the mouths of marching alt-right extremists who were carrying or wearing swastikas and any form of Nazi look alike paraphernalia, shivers went down the spines of Jewish people. Let alone any sane person. Repeating the words "blood and soil" married racism to religious bigotry in the warped minds of those spewing hatred.

Armed neo-nazis stood across the street from a Charlottesville synagogue while other white supremacists chanted Nazi slogans as members of the Jewish community prayed inside. The President of the congregation, Alan Zimmerman, published a blog post recounting the fears and threats posed to those inside. The congregation hired armed security after Charlottesville police reportedly declined to provide the synagogue with a guard during the protests.

The Trump-Kushner family are Jews. Ivanka went through a well publicized Orthodox conversion to Judiasm before the couple married. Their children are Jewish. Do Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner think that hiding away for the weekend and saying nothing while anti-semitism and racism reared its ugly head in Charlottesville is something of which they can be proud? What would make them think that silence is the right thing to do when being silent and turning away led to the slaughter of their people, my people, in Nazi Germany? Hiding didn't save six million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

As a daughter who was very close to her own father, I have thought long and hard about the words I now write. What would I do in this situation if I was Ivanka and my father was President of the United States? I know it would be hard to counter a strong father whom I deeply loved.

I believe that Ivanka has probably learned to compartmentalize her life for the sake of parental love. She grew up with her parent's lives showing up in embarrassing newspaper headlines when she was old enough to have it be difficult. No matter what, no matter how disgusting her father's remarks over the years have been, Ivanka has stood at his side. 

My father was a man of honor whom I respected with my heart and soul. Like any child and parent, we had our disagreements. I was taught to stand up for myself, and I did. But if my father publicaly condoned the behavior of those who were neo-Nazis threatening to hurt people of my religion while speaking horrific, taunting words about something I deeply believed in - my faith and a husband's faith - there would be no question that I would speak out. Speak for myself.

Even if my father was President of the United States.

Ivanka Trump chose instead to go back to work as a aide to her father. Jared Kushner chose to go back to work as an aide to his father-in-law. And say nothing.

A few hundred miles away another father ... and mother mourned the death of their daughter, Heather Heyer, who was killed by an alleged neo-nazi protester in Charlottesville. Heather was standing up for what she believed.