For once, Donald Trump did something that did not reek of divisiveness and hate — and his extremist supporters called him out for it.
This year, the Jewish festival of lights, Hanukkah, coincidentally fell on the same dates as the Christmas holidays. The self-absorbed president-elect knew of this and sent out, probably for the very few times in his life, a positive tweet, wishing the Jewish community a “Happy Hanukkah.”
However, his neo-Nazi followers apparently did not share his sentiments and promptly bashed him for his act. Many of these angry white supremacists said he misled them into voting for him because he was obviously a supporter of “satanic Jews.”
@realDonaldTrump You better be fucking kidding me! I voted for you and you saidyou were a "good christians" and we dont support satanic jews— Frank Salazar (@Frankie92th) December 24, 2016
@realDonaldTrump HOW DARE YOU INSULT CHRISTMAS BY ACKNOWLEDGING ANOTHER HOLIDAY??? THIS POLITICALLY CORRECT BULLSHIT HAS TO STOP— Parker ?????????? (@Parker9_) December 24, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Didn't realise you were in on The War Against Christmas.— Travis Graham (@TravisGraham) December 25, 2016
It’s strange white nationalists think Trump shouldn’t have wished Jews a “Happy Hanukkah” considering his very favorite child, Ivanka Trump, is married to one and converted to Judaism. This tweet might serve as a reality check for them.
However, it wasn’t just his supporters who slammed him.
Others felt less than sorry for Trump and told him to get rid of the anti-Semites in his proposed cabinet if he truly wished well to the Jews.
.@realDonaldTrump if you really wanted to wish us a happy Hanukkah you would get anti-semites out of your cabinet— Rose Darby (@granny_darby) December 26, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Just from you and Melania? Steve Bannon didn't want to get on the Hanukkah card this year, too? Huh. Wonder why.— Alyssa Hertzig (@alyssahertzig) December 25, 2016
Still others noted Trump did not put much effort in the greeting and opted to just post a stock picture from the internet instead of a thoughtful composition.
Your powerpoint holiday greetings are touching. @realDonaldTrump— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) December 25, 2016
@lizzwinstead beautiful stock photo.— Joe Hegarty (@NewsProJoe) December 25, 2016
How much u wanna bet @realDonaldTrump just stole this photo from a website— Anthony DeVito (@AnthonyDeVito) December 25, 2016
Some Twitter users were quick to say that in Trump’s post all the candles were already lit, showing his ignorance of the tradition.
@realDonaldTrump Too many candles Donald. Today is only the second day.— Charles R. Kaiser (@ckaiserca) December 26, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Ummm, you have too many candles on the Menorah. I'm surprised, given you have an orthodox daughter.— Teresa (@MDTeresa) December 26, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Lighting all the candles on the first night isn't how Hanukkah works.— Matt Small (@newsmatt) December 25, 2016
@realDonaldTrump lighting all the candles on the first day is a testament to both your patience and ignorance.— Lauren Reeves (@laurenreeves) December 24, 2016