Famed Author to Jews: Trump Just 'Told Us' Who He Is

Author, wife Ayelet Waldman pen withering letter to Jews who support president
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2017 9:34 AM CDT
Michael Chabon to Jews, on Trump: 'What Side Are You On?'
In this June 18, 2017, photo, authors Michael Chabon, left, and Ayelet Waldman pose for a photo at the launch of a new book of essays titled "Kingdom of Olives and Ash."   (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The latest to come out against President Trump after his words on Charlottesville: author Michael Chabon and his wife. The writer, who has a Pulitzer Prize under his belt for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, penned "an open letter to our fellow Jews" on Medium. In it, he and spouse/fellow author Ayelet Waldman reach out to Jewish people in the US, Israel, and elsewhere who initially held judgment on the president, despite his "long and appalling record of racist statements" and his "troubling" hires. "The President has no filter, no self-control, you have told yourself," they write. "If he were an anti-Semite … we would know about it, by now. By now, he would surely have told us." With Charlottesville, they say, "Trump told us."

Chabon and Waldman appeal to Jews to "show a little self-respect," offering words of advice for those who've chosen to work for or support Trump. That includes telling Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Council head Gary Cohn to "resign," Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to "fire your client," and son-in-law Jared Kushner to realize he has "one minute to do whatever it takes to keep the history of your people from looking back on you as among its greatest traitors, and greatest fools." For Ivanka, who converted to Judaism before she married: "Allow us to teach you an ancient and venerable phrase, long employed by Jewish parents and children to one another at such moments of family crisis: I'll sit shiva for you. Try it out on your father; see how it goes." As for all other Jews around the world, "What side are you on?" Read their letter here. (More opinion stories.)

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