Michigan Jewish Democrats Respond to Donald Trump's Remarks in Michigan Lauding Antisemite Henry Ford
LANSING, Mich. — Noah Arbit, founder and chair of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s remarks praising rabid antisemite Henry Ford during a visit to the Ford plant in Ypsilanti:
“Jewish Michiganders are deeply proud of Detroit’s automotive industry. But we know well that Henry Ford was one of the worst, most rabid antisemites in American history, responsible for great pain in Michigan’s Jewish community. That the President of the United States today stepped into our home and praised a man who provided Adolf Hitler with intellectual fodder, while rambling about “great bloodlines” shows a breathtaking indifference to the history and the welfare of Michigan’s Jews.
“It is no coincidence that Donald Trump has presided over the steepest rise in antisemitism in generations. The President is not only an apologist for antisemites, but has himself engendered severe hatred of Jews with his rampant conspiratorial, racist, and hateful speech.
“President Trump continues to demonstrate that he is an existential threat to American Jewry. The question for Jewish voters in Michigan and across the country is no longer, ‘how many more dead Jews, how many more synagogue attacks must we endure before the President ceases invoking antisemitic rhetoric for political gain,’ but rather, ‘how many more Jews will die if Donald Trump is re-elected in November?’ These are the stakes in this election, and make no mistake, Jewish Michiganders will turn out to defeat this President.”
CONTACT: Noah Arbit, Chair