Atlanta Falcons owner criticizes Trump’s Holocaust message

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, one of the most prominent Jewish leaders in Georgia, criticized Donald Trump for a statement released by the White House on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that omitted mention of the six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany.

The billionaire Home Depot co-founder told Newsday it was a “tragic time in the history of the world, not only for Jewish individuals but for non-Jews as well.”

“And so I think it always deserves recognition, it always deserves to remind us of certain characteristics that can take place and to make sure they’re not seen in any form or fashion in any of our democracies or institutions around the world,” said Blank, a frequent donor to Democratic causes.

Trump’s White House on Friday released a six-paragraph statement to commemorate the memorial, but Jewish groups and others quickly noted it made no mention of the millions of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust or the anti-Semitism that led to their deaths.

Jewish GOP groups also chided Trump for the omission. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said the omission was an attempt at “Holocaust denial.” And Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt, one of the world’s leading experts on the genocide, called it another example of “de-Judaization of the Holocaust.”

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told critics Monday that “nitpicking” the statement was “just ridiculous” and he said the statement was written with the help of someone who is Jewish and the descendant of Holocaust survivors. (He would not say whether that person was Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.)

Blank also seemed to take a swipe at Trump’s immigration policy, telling Newsday that the nation’s strength is its diversity “and the abilities and capacities and commitments to all those people that came from around the world to settle here because they saw a dream and a vision.”

 


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Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

....and you blew a 25 point lead. STAY STUPID, LIBS!

Dan Zaenglein
Dan Zaenglein

I support Donald Trump and I support Israel, and I support the Falcons as a team,but I have no respect for Arthur Blanks political acumen. He probably is a brilliant business man

Joel Watson
Joel Watson

Did he criticize the UN's recent condemnation of Israel?

Janice McMahan
Janice McMahan

This Jew has lost his respect...what a damn fool

Sherry Mashburn
Sherry Mashburn

Wow. For one,a protest is a protest if it's peaceful.For 2,when it's not peaceful,it's not a protest.And 3,I'm all in for Trump. I didn't vote for Obama either time. And if I had voted for him the first time,I sure wouldn't have the 2nd time. I will gladly take my chance with Trump. Because we sure as he'll didn't need another Obama,Hillary. Look at all the crap they have done to the American People. They don't care about any of us,regardless of race. It's nice to see somebody that actually cares about us and our safety. They have alot of blood on their hands. And Trump has alot to try to fix.

Jim McDonald
Jim McDonald

Maybe that is why Falcons lost Super Bowl. Think about it Arthur.

Henry Rush
Henry Rush

Oh please. We just had a president that hates Israel and the AJC tries to stir this.

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Well he needs to shut up ..Trump gets dissed all the time ..and very unfairly ! Are up you happy now arthur B. ? Stop dissimg PRESIDENT TRUMP ! ..he is our president and we love him and America.. you were mean to him your going to know how it feels !

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

And you from here.. smell like a liberal atheist

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

Please stay in Rome and Ill keep ignoring smell check ..I mean spell check \U0001f61d

Shirley Hinton
Shirley Hinton

PS where your going you wont need to see the spelling ..it will be complete darkness ..eternal darkness ..you still have time to change

Michael Stevens
Michael Stevens

Blank should keep his mouth shut. He jinxed his team.

Julie Scarbrough
Julie Scarbrough

Arthur needs to stick with football. Trump runs the country. Arthur needs to stick with his dirty birds.

Wayne Burgess
Wayne Burgess

He need to stick to football, and shut up about the government!

Joe Drexler
Joe Drexler

Does anyone really care what u think!

Michelle Anderson
Michelle Anderson

Ouch: Trump predicts Patriots will topple Falcons in Super Bowl. I'll be a Falcon today!!!!

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

Wow - serious nastiness in these comments. I don't know who you all hate more ... Jews, Muslims, anyone who criticizes Trump ... "libtards," Dems ... wow. These people commenting just pretty much hate everyone. So if you hate this Arthur Blank so much for criticizing King Trump, then just don't bother with the Super Bowl. Boycott! That'll show em!

Randall Richardson
Randall Richardson

How about running home depo and keep your mouth shut on politics

Carolyn Shive Smith
Carolyn Shive Smith

CRITICIZE, CRITICIZE, CRITICIZED...DON'T YOU PEOPLE EVER GET ENOUGH!!

Wyman Mcgahee
Wyman Mcgahee

What a shame now I'm going for the Patriots, sorry Julio

Kathy Boyle Dry
Kathy Boyle Dry

I find his criticism of Trump has no merit, because I didn't hear him criticize Obama one time during his eight years in office, when Obama continually disrespected Israel and stabbed Israel in the back and kissed the behind of the Muslims that hate Israel and by the way hate the Americans too!

Byron Teal Sr.
Byron Teal Sr.

Author Blanks where were you when Obama didn't take up for Isreal you two faced idiot.

Brenda Clark
Brenda Clark

Trump family has Jews and you idiot Communist Lying Democrats are the ones destroy Israel and America

Ben Dendy
Ben Dendy

Arthur Blank is a Jew and I guess a killiary supporter. He cannot believe she lost either.

Will Jones
Will Jones

To be a "Jew" one must love God and seek holiness and righteousness. Arthur Blank is no "Jew," he is of the biblically denoted "Synagogue of Satan." Only Satan's slaves supported pedophile rapist lesbian murderess psychopath liar thief and traitor Hillary Clinton.

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

Did Trump say something bad about the Jewish people? I missed that.

Karen Katan Bilik
Karen Katan Bilik

No he hasn't . Just haters have to hate . It's a mental illness

JoAnn Fogleman
JoAnn Fogleman

President Trump has been a business man. Politics is new to him and it amazes me how well he is doing so fast. Give the President a chance just like we did for your Falcons. This has baffled me about The Jewish people in the U S voting Democrate. Never giving Israel a how do you do. America will alway stand with Israel come hell or high water. You and Your Jewish friends needs to back off.

Will Jones
Will Jones

By Isaiah's eight given signs, only America is "Israel." Those who deny prophecy deny God.

Atheists of Rome GA
Atheists of Rome GA

Trump acts like a spoiled child. But I guess if you set your standards low, you won't be disappointed.

Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane

if Trump walked on water you would say he could not swim.

Karen Katan Bilik
Karen Katan Bilik

And Obama could kill a kitten on national tv and they would still say he's wonderful . \U0001f44d

Atheists of Rome GA
Atheists of Rome GA

Trump gets pissed on by Russian hookers and calls it rain, just because he clearly doesn't know how to tell the truth.

Sandy Lane
Sandy Lane

Atheists of Rome GA stay behind me as the devil. I am praying that God will have mercy on your soul.

JF Williams
JF Williams

How does he feel about his former business partner Bernie Marcus who is so-called Jewish and supports Donald Trump? And for that matter why is the Jewish community so silent on Bernie Marcus supporting Donald Trump?

JF Williams
JF Williams

Will Jones Ooooookaaaaaay...Let's just agree to disagree and leave it at that, sir. Have a great day.

JF Williams
JF Williams

Internet Marketing by InfiVisible Thanks. I just get frustrated at how media seems to so easily target non-Jewish folks for discriminatory or aligning with discriminatory people... ...but you don't see that same media question Jewish people of fortune and fame who do the same. It's a lot of hypocrisy. I see that with the Jewish community in Atlanta as well. I certainly haven't seen guys like Bill Nigut and the southeast ADL chapter call out wealthy Jewish guys like Bernie Marcus for aligning themselves with Donald Trump and the so-called alt-right.

Will Jones
Will Jones

Marcus may be a true Jew. Only false-Jew ZioTalmud Khazars supported pedophile lesbian rapist Hillary, and oppose the anointed of God, President Trump.

JF Williams
JF Williams

Will Jones If you support Trump, I am in total disagreement with you. So I want to make that perfectly clear. I don't support Donald Trump. I will totally understand it if you unlike my comment.

Will Jones
Will Jones

JF Williams Hillary has the blood of the innocent Black and White martyrs of God at Waco on her hands, as well as that of our Benghazi dead. She is a satanically-possessed pedophile lesbian, and turns out the Lord works in mysterious ways: family-man Trump is anointed of God, Harbinger of the Apocalypse that the #Pizzagate Beast now upon America all know killed John and Martin, run the FedScam, funded Hitler, promote illegal immigration as an organized army of pawns for invasion and conquest, and did 9/11, shall soon be cast down, praise God.