After the desecration of Jewish graves in Missouri, and apparently prodding by Ivanka and probably by some of his advisers, he finally used the word in a clear, and appropriate statement:
“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community [and] community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”
I wonder if he has avoided the term before because a goodly proportion of his alt-right supporters are antisemitic and he doesn’t want to offend that much of his base.
Some years ago we visited Nez Perce National Historical Park in Idaho. While we were at the visitor center an elderly Nez Perce lady burst in out of breath, in tears. “They’re setting off firecrackers in the cemetery and turning over grave stones. I was visiting my father…” The ranger ran to her pickup and took off down the road to investigate. We’ll never forget that lady’s distress. You delinquents who do such a thing, is that the way you would treat your own grandmother?
Cemetery desecration, and the attitudes that allow it, are below despicable.