Because not acknowledging the main victim of a tragedy (crime, death, etc…) on a day specifically set aside for it is tone deaf, callous and stupid.
On a most basic level, the day in Judaism is known as “Yom HaShoah” was created in 1953 specifically by Jews in Israel to memorialize the tragedy of the Holocaust. It’s not some magical day that popped out of nowhere as “Generic Massacre of 6 Million People in World War II Day” or some nonsense like that.
And furthermore, Trump’s statement was connected to the U.N.’s 2005 resolution to create an “International Holocaust Day” which clearly states; bold emphasis is mine:
“Reaffirming that the Holocaust, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people, along with countless members of other minorities, will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice,”
And besides that, people have brought up many differing issues in the answers here:
- That Jews were not the only targets of the Nazis.
- That it’s somehow a “leftist”/“liberal” (I can’t keep track of this bothering) agenda that is upset at this.
- That in the great scheme of things, what is the big deal.
The “big deal” is kind of like saying the Civil Rights struggle in the United States was somehow “not” about blacks in the United States; that somehow it was some magical “Civil Rights” struggled that just tangentially benefited blacks in the United States.
For that matter it’s like saying slavery in the U.S. is not a black issue since many immigrant groups—Jews, Irish, Italians, Chinese, etc…—experienced slave-like conditions at one point.
Or that somehow The Women’s Rights Movement in the U.S. during the late 19th/early 20th century was just not for women: That it was for all oppressed groups.
Look, here is the deals: Jews were the main targets of the Nazis during the Holocaust. The reasons—past insane hatred—are varied, but like it or not Jews were an easy target in Eastern Europe during the early 20th century. They were the largest group that was “othered” and hated across Europe and other places, thus were blamed for all kinds of social ills.
Now flash forward to 2017: Muslims are a strong target of similar hate in the United States. Mexicans as well, but why? Both groups have a strong presence in the U.S. and are somehow being blamed for all kinds of nonsense.
But back to the main question: Trump’s statement. To make a statement about the Holocaust and not acknowledge that tragedies main victims is suspicious. Anyone not believing the Jews were the main target of Nazi hatred is dense. Also, by eliminating identity politics the Trump administration is making the statement so neutral it’s useless.
- Jews who were affected by the Holocaust are not really acknowledged.
- “Alt-Right” pundits latch onto the exclusion of the Jews as a “good thing” to basically state, “Hey! Look! The Holocaust was bad, but let’s stop making it a Jewish thing! Let’s just call it a ‘bad’ thing were 6 million plus people were just murdered for… What reason?”
- The wording of the statement also alludes to the whole “Pro-Life/Pro-Choice” world of politics. The statement was so nebulous many people theorize the generically world, “…we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.” was a nod towards the “Pro-Life” world.
In short, it’s bizarre that anyone would acknowledge the “…depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.” but simply not state their name.
On a most basic level, if—for example—your father died and someone said, “It’s a great tragedy that your loved one was lost. I care deeply about your loved one.” What does that mean? How would you feel about someone not even bestowing basic human identity to someone who has passed away?
It’s all bizarre.