The Short Version: Donald Trump & Anti-Semitism

The Short Version: Donald Trump & Anti-Semitism

The point of it all is to break down the headlines, determine why an issue is important, and reveal the best arguments on each side of the story. Last week, Cleo Abram analyzed one of many hot buttons issues dividing our country: the Texas Abortion Ruling. This week, yet another: anti-Semitism (and Donal Trump). Scroll down to click on the debate between The Donald’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and one of his employees, Dana Schwartz.

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Cleo Constantine Abrams of the “Short Form,” offering densely packed spins on issues of national and global importance.

Cleo Constantine Abrams of the “Short Form,” offering densely packed spins on issues of national and global importance.

 What’s happening?

Donald Trump’s Twitter account has never been exactly free of controversy, but this week saw a new level of vitriol by and about the candidate.

Trump tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton over a background of fallen money. In the corner, a six-pointed star declared her the “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!”

Why is it important?

Many immediately called the tweet anti-Semitic, given the six-pointed star’s deep significance to the Jewish faith (as the Star of David) and the historical stereotypes associated with Jews and finances. Hillary Clinton called the tweet “blatantly anti-Semitic” and “part of a pattern.”

Trump deleted the image and retweeted it, replacing the star with a circle, but lashed out at “dishonest media,” saying “that’s just a star.”

The original image was created on an online messaging board for neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

Debate it!

Was Donald Trump’s tweet anti-Semitic and does it deserve the media attention it received?

Why “The Short Version” on TIO:

Eight+ years ago, Telluride Inside…and Out began as a lifestyle webzine. Today, in the full knowledge that Telluride is a window on the world, we continue to bring the “zazz” (short for “pizzazz) of the region to a local, national, and global audience by covering everything from Telluride’s robust cultural economy – major events and festivals – to health and fitness and outdoor adventure. When Telluride travels, we write about places to go, people to meet too. (That’s part of the “Out” part of our handle, the other, obviously, Outdoors.)

And now, this new weekly column, “The Short Version,” which offers simple summaries of issues of national and global importance. (Though we won’t go political, or rather we won’t show bias in the upcoming election.)

“The Short Version” is written by Cleo Constantine Abram, the daughter of Telluride locals Eleni Constantine and Jonathan Abram (and therefore an honorary local and regular visitor) and a digital strategist at Precision Strategies, a political consulting firm.

Why “The Short Version”? Because, though we live in Shangri-La, our bubble is not impermeable and the rest of the world is only a click away. Because there is no inconsequential action; only consequential inaction. And because information is power in a moment so many of us are feeling powerless.

More about Cleo Constantine Abram:

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Cleo grew up in Washington D.C., lives in New York City, and loves to visit her parents in Telluride. She authors “The Short Version,” a newsletter that explains each week’s most important issue and both sides of the debate around it.

Cleo is a digital strategist at Precision Strategies, a political consulting firm born of the Obama 2012 presidential campaign.

Cleo’s work focuses on ways to share, educate, and inform using online platforms. While in college at Columbia University, she guided the school’s entrance into online education through her role as the youngest elected representative to the Columbia Senate, which makes university-wide policy.

She continued her work on online education at TED-Ed, the educational branch of the nonprofit, building new programs and online tools to support high school teachers worldwide.

Continuing her work with TED, Cleo founded and led an early TEDx conference, the organization’s community-specific series.

Most importantly, Cleo loves to ski!

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