Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is receiving some backlash after her Hanukkah greeting included a not-so-secret swipe on President Trump that people immediately picked up on.
In a tweet to the Jewish community in New York and across the United States, who started their Hanukkah celebrations yesterday, the New York Democrat said: “May our hearts fill up with light, hope, and strength over the next eight days.” Her tweet also included a tweet from Rabbi Ruttenberg, which Ocasio-Cortez called “a beautiful reminder.”
In the tweet Ocasio-Cortez references as a “beautiful reminder,” Rabbi Ruttenberg compares President Trump to a brutal tyrant known for his oppression of the Jewish community.
The Rabbi said:
And, “He was quick to anger, and it wasn’t long into his reign that he began curtailing civil liberties, restricting the freedom of religion, and pillaging his subjects’ resources for his own profit.”
“Antiochus IV Epiphanes seized rule illegitimately over the Seleucid Empire, incl Judea; the kingship was to have gone to his nephew, but he took it by force. Bribes drove his appointments of the high priest; he plundered the treasury of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem for its gold.”
The rabbi continued:
BizPac Review adds: “The tweets continued to recount the historical story of the Maccabees’ revolt against the despotic ruler before concluding with that final tweet and advice on combating the current administration since ‘we still have Trump in the White House.'”
But we have done extraordinary work, and Hanukah is a time to pause and both celebrate the resistance and bravery of the last two years, and to fill up with light as we recommit to the work that lies ahead for us.
We know now, better than ever, that we have to make the miracles ourselves.
Some people who responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s post were not happy about the comparison, especially this close to the holiday season where people often put aside their differences.
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