This is a situation rich with irony: Joseph Schmitz, an adviser to Donald Trump on foreign policy, is allegedly anti-Semitic and a Holocaust denier.
According to McClatchy DC, when Schmitz worked in the Defense Department ten years ago as an inspector general, he reportedly “bragged” about “pushing out Jewish employees.”
Daniel Meyer, a former official in the Pentagon, wrote in Schmitz’s complaint file of Schmitz’s boast that, “I fired the Jews.”
“In his final days, he allegedly lectured [former top Pentagon official John] Crane on the details of concentration camps and how the ovens were too small to kill 6 million Jews,” Meyer also said.
Schmitz, of course, denies all of this: “The allegations are completely false and defamatory.” His defense is that his wife is Jewish, although he later clarified she was not a practicing Jew and only “ethnically Jewish,” since her maternal grandmother was Jewish.
Meyer’s words are backed by other sources. David Tenenbaum, a member of the military, is claiming that pentagon officials “[perpetrated] an anti-Semitic culture within the military that left him vulnerable.”
Tenenbaum’s lawyer stated in a letter that, “The anti-Semitic environment began under a prior Inspector General, Mr. Joseph Schmitz.”
Schmitz joins a slew of other controversial members in the Trump campaign, including Paul Manafort, who has questionable monetary ties to Russia and Ukraine, Steve Bannon, who is the extreme right-wing chairman of Breitbart News, and Roger Ailes, who has been accused by over 20 women of sexual assault.
Trump has put quite the team together.
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