This isn’t surprising, but it’s notable nonetheless.
While visiting Israel as a part of his first foreign tour as president, Trump, along with various members of his entourage, visited the Israeli National Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem.
While there, Trump left a message in the museum’s guestbook, as his presidential predecessors also did upon their visits to the institution.
The Israeli news organization Haaretz obtained photos of the respective messages left by Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush.
The content of Trump’s message isn’t necessarily surprising, but it’s still noteworthy.
Trump wrote: “It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends. So amazing and will never forget.”
Really, Trump? An institution dedicated to remembering the murder of millions of people across Europe over the span of just a few short years is “so amazing”? An institution dedicated to memorializing entire communities that went up in flames is “so amazing”? An institution dedicated to the memory of the untold numbers of children taken out to the woods by their homes and shot to death is “so amazing”?
What, have you never heard of the Holocaust before? Is this news to you?
President Obama’s message, from 2008, is a statement about the broad symbolism and importance of remembering the Holocaust. George W. Bush’s statement is much simpler, with him having simply wrote, “God bless Israel.”
Check out the difference between these messages for yourself below.