Littman: “I am begging Greenwich Republicans to speak out against the hate speech”

Tweeted by Trump this morning and then deleted. But screenshots are forever.

Screenshot of Tweet from Donald Trump Tuesday morning that was later deleted.

An open letter to the Greenwich Delegation from Sarah Darer Littman:

To Senator Frantz, and Reps Floren, Camillo, and Bocchino,

Sixteen months ago, in April 2016, I attended your “Coffee Hour with Legislators” at Glory Days and raised the issue of Donald Trump being allied with white supremacists.

You all sat silently while I was told to “shut up” and “be quiet”, and when the man sitting next to my husband said: “White supremacists are voters too.”

Not a single one of you had the courage or the decency to say: “Sarah is a
constituent, she has a right to speak.” Not a single one of you had the courage or the decency to say: “Yes, white supremacists are voters, but there should be no place for them in the Republican Party or decent society.”

I wrote about that incident, calling it Confronting the Banality of Evil over Coffee .

That piece seems almost prescient, as do the other pieces I wrote, (here’s a list):

OP-ED | The Time Is Now For Moral Courage – Politicians Can’t Be Bystanders To Hate Speech

Sarah Littman: GOP speaks up too late – The party of Lincoln died long ago

OP-ED | Even This Is Not the Last Straw for CT GOP?

asking, begging, Republicans to speak out against the hate speech being perpetrated in their name. My pleas fell on deaf ears. And still, from all of you, silence.

I hope you recognize now that your silence is complicity.

Such silence is one of the reasons that I left the Republican Party 18 years ago when I returned to the US from England – because I’d watched from abroad as the party my father had served in and supported his entire life was being taken over by religious extremists trying to establish a Christian theocracy in a country established on the basis of religious freedom.

I hope you recognize and take responsibility for the fact that your silence has resulted in the fact that Jewish families all across the country that grew up in the shadow of Holocaust trauma, families who have been proud Americans and served their country, were subjected to to watching Neo Nazis marching with torches shouting anti-Semitic hate and literal Nazi slogans. The Boston Holocaust Memorial was vandalized yesterday for the second time this year. Your silence “built this”.

Do you find it at all odd that a president who took no time at all to label incidents involving a Muslim using a car to kill and injure people in Nice and London terrorism was reluctant to do so when it when it involved a white American male who self-identified as NeoNazi?

I hope you recognize how a president who took two days to reluctantly say that the KKK and Nazis are bad – something that should be a no-brainer to any decent human being in American society in the year 2017 – then immediately followed up by retweeting a racist conspiracy theorist and a meme of a “Trump train” killing a CNN journalist (since deleted, but here’s a screenshot for you, the Internet doesn’t forget) completely negates everything he just said.

He also took two days to rebuke the KKK and Nazis – but less than an hour to insult Kenneth Frazier, the African-American CEO of Merck, for resigning from the President’s Manufacturing Council “as a matter of conscience.”

Trump has singled out Ken Frazier, but not Richard Spencer or David Duke. Four CEOs have now resigned from the council – Ken Frazier of Merck, Kevin Plank of Under Armor, Brian Krzanich of Intel and Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

So to that man who told me that “white supremacists are voters too” and he was voting for Trump because he was “good for business” – how’s that working for you?

Greenwich Republicans, your silence is deafening. History will remember that you continued to put your party over our country, humanity and decency. And we will remember when it comes time to vote.

Sarah Darer Littman


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  • CJ

    It’s sad that in schools today kids don’t learn about the “Dixiecrats” who wanted to keep our country segregated forever.

    • Greer Ashton

      American history is being rewritten, preferably without slavery – is anyone aware of it?

      • realsaramerica

        You can thank the Evangelical Christian Republican controlled Texas school boards for that. Texas is one of the largest textbook markets in the country, so when they decide to teach creationism and that slaves came to the US as tourists and etc America gets dumbed down .

        • CJ

          Now you’re attacking Evangelical Christians? Who’s next on your list? Should I be worried?

          • Greer Ashton

            It’s a fact that Texas gets the last word on what our children are learning from textbooks, sadly! Just because they are the biggest textbook market in the country (BIG TEXAS!), shouldn’t give them the right and authority to alter facts (and yes, most of them just happen to be Evangelicals…. Unfortunately. Evangelical Christians with their unquestionable family values chose to close their eyes and cover their ears to help elect this president president who publicly cheated on his first wife, notified his second wife about their divorce in newspapers, marrying yet another younger woman.

        • Natalie Jarnstedt

          Secretary Ben Carson (HUD) believes that slaves “immigrated” to America for better opportunities; isn’t that just too precious?

          • CJ

            What’s really precious is what Lyndon Johnson was always saying about African Americans. I can’t mention it here because it’s too offensive. It’s Too bad the schools don’t teach how Democrats really felt about African Americans, not so “precious”.

          • Natalie Jarnstedt

            Oh, please don’t hold back, CJ! We’ve heard more than an earful from Trump – my ears and eyes can take it! perhaps you could reread my comment above, I called Ben Carson’s stupid statement precious, nothing else! I don’t think we ever have to wonder how Trump and most of his Kook-Aid guzzling “followers” feel about African Americans and anyone who’s not of the Aryan nation…..

          • CJ

            I agree with Bill Mather, Trump was a protest vote against the one party rule in DC. No one likes Trump, they just really hate D.C.

          • Natalie Jarnstedt

            No one likes Trump – did one of your neighbors tell you that?
            Just curious – to which one party rule in DC are you referring?
            Yes, Bill Maher has a point, to a point – many voted for that reason, BUT Trump does have a very small and loyal base, the base that loved his dog-whistles turned bull horn blasts in the last few days!
            Gee, I wonder why so many people hated DC so much, that they decided to shoot themselves in the foot – could it be that the GOP’s total obstructionism of Obama’s 8-year administration could possibly have anything to do with that?

  • Jonathan Michals

    Excellent post Sarah Darer Littman. If anyone needs an education in divide and conquer tactics watch this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23X14HS4gLk which is “Don’t Be a Sucker, a 17-minute film made in 1947 by the US war department to warn against fascism, was retweeted over 130,000 times last weekend”

    found on this page:

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/14/dont-be-a-sucker-anti-nazi-film-charlottesville

  • Natalie Jarnstedt

    The silence is deafening!

    Republicans are as incapable of rightly criticizing and taking a stand against Trump as he is in ever using the slightest possible negative comment against Putin.

    Mr. Trump, well-known for tweeting/speaking without bothering to learn any facts, immediately dubs cars/trucks that drive into people in Europe as terrorist acts. However, in the case of the driver who killed the young woman last Saturday, the word “terrorist” was very obviously missing, instead, he was a murderer.

    Domestic terrorism doesn’t exist in Trump’s mind because he cannot bring himself to criticize his most devoted base, the Alt-Right (White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis).

    When 291,557 American soldiers, including 11,000 American Jewish soldiers died in WWII, no one could have possibly imagined that an American president would so publicly defend hate groups that caused so many Americans to lose their lives!

    Silence isn’t always golden; this is the time to speak up and stand for equality for everyone and reject all hate – we just experienced a terrorist attack on US soil, Charlottesville, VA, that is condoned and defended by an American president!

  • Greer Ashton

    Since the last Friday night tiki torch lit protest supposedly against the removal of Robert E. Lee statue was referred to as “peaceful and quiet” by Trump at his now famous press conference, I wonder if viewing this video which includes the vile sound track , would make an impact on the voiceless Republicans of Greenwich:

    https://video.vice.com/en_ca/video/charlottesville-race-and-terror-vice-news-tonight-on-hbo/59921b1d2f8d32d808bddfbc

    • CJ

      Wait, I’m confused. President Trump aligns himself with Neo Nazi’s but two of his closest confidantes are his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared? Ivanka marries someone from the Jewish faith, converts to Orthodox Judaism and raises her children in the Jewish faith? Also, the President believes in the right of Israel’s existence? There must be a new definition of anti-Semitic I haven’t heard of.

      • Natalie Jarnstedt

        Yes, that is quite an enigma – and Trump had the nerve of accusing President Obama of not being good for Israel? Trump who surrounds himself with hate mongers, specifically Neo-Nazis, loves Israel (?) – I wonder how Netanyahu reacted to yesterday’s press conference.
        Hasn’t Bebe noticed Bannon, Miller, and Gorka hanging around the West Wing?

        • CJ

          Yes, Also, Bannon, Miller and Gorka huge supporters of the state of Israel. it’s quite an enigma and a bit illogical in my view.

          • realsaramerica

            Oh CJ CJ CJ. Really? You think you can snow us with that rubbish still? Bibi’s under investigation at home, his son is in trouble for being as idiotic as Trump Jr and Eric, and you think we’re stupid enough to believe that unholy trio are really HUGE supporters of Israel? As soon as there isnt a Right Wing nationalist like Bibi as PM, they’ll drop Israel like a hot potato.

          • CJ

            Snow us with rubbish? It’s called an opinion based on facts. I know, I know, it’s just easier to attack me than have a civil discussion. Next I’ll be shouted down.

          • realsaramerica

            Please, reveal your evidence that would lead anyone with critical thinking skills to the logical conclusion that Bannon, Gorka and Miller are “Huge” supporters of Israel. Because there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary. Bannon’s Brietbart, which in Bannon’s own words,.was a “mouth piece to the alt-right.” Orr as I call the Neo Nazis, because I’m not going to play the ‘legitimize them with a new more acceptable brand name’ game. Here’s a little bit of evidence on that,:

            http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/05/16/breitbart_calls_bill_kristol_a_renegade_jew_is_disgusting.html Stephen Miller used the “Cosmpopolitan” dog whistle, employing the language of dictators. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/03/the-ugly-history-of-stephen-millers-cosmopolitan-epithet-215454 and Gorka – well, he’s a loose cannon with past Nazi ties, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/08/10/why-is-sebastian-gorka-still-in-the-white-house-because-trump-loves-his-tv-performances/?utm_term=.82af9ece1303 So please, persuade us with the “facts” that lead you to your opinion.

          • realsaramerica

            PS: I could give you chapter and verse more on each of the trio.

          • CJ

            Oh yeah, Slate, WaPo and Politico, real journalism at it’s best!

          • realsaramerica

            Okay. Tell me who you consider legitimate news sources. What do you consider “real journalism”. This should be interesting. And revealing.

          • CJ

            None. Fox News, MSNBC, CNN all have an agenda. Journalism is dead. I talk to my neighbors and friends and what’s important to them is not the same issues being brought up by those so called news shows.

          • realsaramerica

            With all due respect CJ, “your neighbors and friends” are not a legitimate factual news source on which I, or any thinking American should base their opinion that Gorka, Bannon and Miller are Israel’s BFFs. Journalism might have its problems, and that’s a deeper discussion we can have, but it isn’t “dead.” What is apparently “dead” is the idea of critical thinking if you think your “neighbors and friends” count as a legitimate news source on which to create “an opinion based on facts “. You then have the chutzpah to whine :” it’s just easier to attack me than have a civil discussion. Next I’ll be shouted down.” Grow up. Go to school. Learn how to do actual research and construct a legitimate argument instead of behaving like, dare I use a right wing favorite, a “snowflake”.

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          • CJ

            I get it, you’re a “Critical Thinker” and I’m not. Now I’m a “Whiner” “Right Wing Snowflake” Attack you? You’re the one doing the name calling! Have a great day.

          • CJ

            You say, “With all due respect” then you tell me to “Grow up” “Go to School”? That’s respectful? Is this your idea of “Critical thinking” or a “civil discussion”? Hmm, maybe I can throw around a few childish insults and I can be a “Critical thinker” too! I hope you have a blessed rest of the week.

          • realsaramerica

            Let’s review the facts here. You made several provocative comments on a piece a Jewish woman wrote about anti-Semitism, like saying that Trump isn’t anti-Semitic, despite the fact that he has made a false equivalence between protesters against Nazis and Nazis who were shouting anti-Jewish slogans and ACTUAL NAZI SLOGANS, (troll much?). Funny that even Fox News head James Murdoch has come out against Trump’s awful behavior and just made at $1M contribution to the Anti-Defamation League isn’t it? You then said “I like to live by facts and proof.” Yet your idea of “facts and proof” is “I talk to my neighbors and friends.” I don’t know about you, but when I went through college and graduate school, “neighbors and friends opinions” weren’t acceptable as sources on any paper as “factual proof.” – unless those neighbors and friends had expert credentials in the area of debate. Then, when it’s pointed out to you that you are not using legitimate arguments, you play sad wounded boy, and claim to be disrespected. Well sorry buddy, I’m done with being ladylike with people who defend Nazis and are ridiculous enough to try to Jewsplain how Bannon/Gorka/Miller are Israel’s BFFs. “Have a great day and a blessed week”

          • Julie B.

            CJ, Has your fact finding and proof lead you to conclude that people are always logical? If so, your experiences are much different from mine.

          • CJ

            Just want proof, that’s all. No more opinions, just facts, is that asking too much?

          • Julie B.

            No, asking for facts is not too much, IMHO.

      • realsaramerica

        I was waiting for someone to play the Javanka card. Yeah, sorry, you don’t get to play that card anymore when the President of the United States uses “both sideism” with literal NAZIS.

        • CJ

          Based on what proof that he’s a Nazi? I like to live by facts and proof. A bunch of Nazi’s that support Israel? Can you name other Neo Nazi’s that support Israel?

        • CT Penetrator

          Coming from the person that plays the Jewish-Association Card in virtually every article and comment response?

          How about this for an idea? Trump is the chief enforcer of Constitutional Law in the nation. The most sacrosanct of Constitutional Law concepts being the right to free, political speech. As the chief law enforcement officer, it is not his responsibility to police the content of the speech, but to protect it–even speech that Sarah doesn’t like. Verily, condemnation of political speech is actually a conflict and corruption of that position.

          This op/ed is yet another example of your typical, banal Association Fallacies. An attack cloned as an appeal for help. How’s that response to your cry for critical thinking?

          • realsaramerica

            “Coming from the person that plays the Jewish-Association Card in virtually every article and comment response?”Verily, you are revealing both your profound ignorance and your anti-Semitism. I wrote political opinion columns for fortnightly for 14 years. I took one six month sabbatical because of book deadline pressure so do the math – that’s just over 350 columns. Are you seriously alleging that I played what you call the “Jewish-Association Card” in 350 columns? I invite anyone who seeks the truth on this issue to just go to CTNewsJunkie.com look for the search box and enter Sarah Darer Littman for a list of the columns I wrote over the last few years and peruse the subject matter. This commenter’s “fake news” and ridiculous slurs will be shown for what they are. What’s more, I have the courage and integrity to write opinion and comments under my own name – unlike the person above, who is too cowardly to make these false allegations under his own name. Wonder why? Maybe being known as an anti-Semite isn’t good for business?

          • CT Penetrator

            Let’s continue to rack-up the list of logical fallacies from the so-called legitimate “journalist.”