This is where we are in August 2017: The U.S. organization, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect made a plea with Twitter corporate to delete Trump’s Twitter account. The center, which states that they work for Anne Frank’s dream of no prejudice, tweeted that Trump is “an accomplice to domestic terrorism.”
“Dear @Twitter corporate: He is an accomplice to domestic terrorism. If you can’t end @POTUS account, at least end @realDonaldTrump account.”
The Anne Frank Center cited Trump’s now-deleted Tweet, in which Trump tweeted an image of a Trump train running over a CNN reporter. “This is the violent image of the murder of a @CNN reporter @POTUS tweeted today, one day after his #FakeCondemnation of White Supremacy.”
Responding to criticism of their call to Twitter, they stated: “Our mission is to fight prejudice against oppressed peoples. Dismissing that as crass politics is inconsistent with #NeverAgain.”
They also quoted the late Elie Wiesel as a reason not to remain silent.
“Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.”
They went on to make an even bolder statement about Stephen Bannon, Alt-Right, Breitbart-connected White House Chief Strategist.
“The Greatest Generation did not protect America to see Steve Bannon in the White House and Nazis on American streets enabled by @POTUS.”
Certainly, The Anne Frank Center is doing a fine job of loudly confronting the horror America is currently witnessing following the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia during the gathering of Alt-Right Nazis at a rally. Trump took two days to denounce white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK after facing political pressure from all sides. He was quick to criticize a Kenneth Frazier of Merck, a black businessman who quit Trump’s manufacturing council in protest of his response to Charlottesville. Four other executives followed Frazier’s lead.
The Anne Frank Center has been an ongoing critic of Trump.
For example, the center previously made calls for Trump to fire White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after he seemed to engage in Holocaust denial in a press briefing. Spicer has since resigned for unrelated reasons.
The center’s connections to Anne Frank’s family has been under scrutiny. They claim Anne’s father Otto Frank was a founder in 1959, but the evidence has been called inconclusive in an article by The Atlantic. The Center has been criticized for taking political stances by some, yet the evidence called into question is fact-based.
Nevertheless, the calls for Trump’s twitter account to be deleted are certainly not new. Hillary Clinton called for Donald to do just that in a famous Tweet from June 2016, after Trump said, “Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!”
So do you think the Anne Frank Center is justified in calling for taking down Trump’s Twitter account? Certainly, any other Twitter user could face similar jeopardy if they are reported for posts that encourage domestic terrorism. Does the same rule apply to Donald Trump? Whatever the case, it is surreal and alarming that a center representing Anne Frank, the famous diarist and victim of the Holocaust, would find Trump so dangerous they felt compelled to take this stance.
Featured image via Wikimedia Commons, Anne Frank