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Washington - No Anti-Semitism Here Says White House, After Reports Emerge Of Trump Allegedly Calling Fire Victim “Crazy Jew”

Published on: April 9, 2018 12:35 PM
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Washington - Two days after a Jewish art dealer who had fallen on hard times died in a four alarm fire in his Trump Tower home, a friend of the victim is reporting that the president had once referred to the dead man as “a crazy Jew.”

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2Hm9XD9) 67 year old Todd Brassner died on Saturday after a fire broke out in his 50th floor Trump Tower luxury apartment.  Fire officials have yet to determine the cause of the fatal blaze but say that it may have been started accidentally.

Patrick Goldsmith, a long time friend of Brassner’s said that the president made the remark in 1996, after he snuck a look at Trump’s hands as he passed the president in the Trump Tower lobby, according to The Daily News (https://nydn.us/2Hm1T5f).

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The size of president’s fingers and hands appear to be a sore sport after Spy magazine first lampooned Trump as a “short fingered vulgarian” in its April 1988 edition, as reported by The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/2HmxIv3).

Goldsmith said that an irate Trump asked the doorman to identify him and was told that he was Brassner’s visitor.

“Oh, that crazy Jew?” the president allegedly said, according to Goldsmith, who said that Brassner had had words previously with Trump about a clogged sink in his apartment.

Goldsmith said that he shared the story with Brassner who waved it off saying “I’m a Hebrew. I’m not a Jew.”

Brassner’s relationship with Trump had not improved over the years, with the art collector coming to hate his landlord and his policies according to Goldsmith.  Brassner, who had once been friends with artist Andy Warhol and was the subject of a portrait painted by the artist, filed for bankruptcy in 2015 reported Newsweek (http://bit.ly/2Hkgcr7). 

Among the assets listed in his filing were a collection of artwork, jewelry, fine watches, vintage electric guitars and amplifiers valued at approximately $3.4 million and his Trump Tower apartment which Brassner estimated to be worth $2.5 million.

While Brassner hoped to sell his apartment and to find relief from his hatred of Trump as well as the tight security measures that were instituted at Trump Tower after the last presidential election, his efforts to find a buyer proved fruitless.

“When people heard it was a Trump building he couldn’t give it away,” said Stephen Dwire, a long time friend of Brassner’s.

Rachael Cain, another friend of Brassner’s said that the art dealer hated living in Trump Tower and considered the president to be “a horrible lowlife human being.”

“He talked about not living there almost nonstop,” said Cain.

The president took to Twitter after the fire, tweeting his praise for the firefighters who had responded to the blaze and commenting that the well-constructed building had stood up well to the flames, making no mention of Brassner who later died in his subsequent tweets. 

A statement later released by White House’s principal deputy press security Raj Shah also included no remarks about Brassner’s death, but categorized The Daily New’s decision to run the story about the allegedly anti-Semitic remark as ludicrous.

“Basing a front-page story maligning the President solely on a decades-old unverified claim by a critic of the President – whose own family members are Jewish – is absurd,” said Shah.



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 Apr 09, 2018 at 01:05 PM georgeg Says:

So Goldsmith admits to not only being a voyeur but also an eavesdropper? Doesn't sound like he simply "passed" as he stayed long enough to hear a conversation.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 01:15 PM Educated Archy Says:

Big deal I call lots of jews crazy jews. That doesn't make me an anti semite.

Classic fake news nonsense.

Facts are, Trump freed Rubashkin for no gain. He got no money and wont carry jewish areas either because you need to win the state. Plus elections were 3 years away. Would Trump free a muslim or Latino whom he hates?

(Please do not compare it to the Clinton skvera commutations that did not even set them free rather it shortened their sentence and it was exactly during elections and Hillary gained actual votes from that. 3 huge differneces. Plus its really irrelevant. If you want to argue that Hillary also loves jews fine. But it still shows that Trump loves jews too.)

Facts are, trump is proud of his jewish daughter, shows her off and promoted both her and Jared as his advisor. Doesn't sound like something a jew hater would do.

Facts are, he is moving that embassy.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 01:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

Big deal I call lots of jews crazy jews. That doesn't make me an anti semite.

Classic fake news nonsense.

Facts are, Trump freed Rubashkin for no gain. He got no money and wont carry jewish areas either because you need to win the state. Plus elections were 3 years away. Would Trump free a muslim or Latino whom he hates?

(Please do not compare it to the Clinton skvera commutations that did not even set them free rather it shortened their sentence and it was exactly during elections and Hillary gained actual votes from that. 3 huge differneces. Plus its really irrelevant. If you want to argue that Hillary also loves jews fine. But it still shows that Trump loves jews too.)

Facts are, trump is proud of his jewish daughter, shows her off and promoted both her and Jared as his advisor. Doesn't sound like something a jew hater would do.

Facts are, he is moving that embassy.

Fake News/Facts Rubashkin was freed for votes, like the Squerers were freed by H for votes. Trump will need every vote in 2020.
"Trump loves his jewish daughter. shows her off" very sick, just look at the pictures of him showing her off and listen to Stern tapes. Nauseating.
There is Zero difference. Trump and Hillary both freed Jews for votes. Both have children married to Jews.
At the best H got maybe 1000 votes and fread 3 Chassidim. Trump is hoping for a few 100.000 votes for one chosid. (I will agree with you that both H and Trump should be thanked for this irrelevant for their reason)
Hillary never called neo-nazis "Very fine people" or "crazy Jews" (she is a diplomat watching every single word she says, he is not.)

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 01:39 PM 54321 Says:

Fake news

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 01:46 PM 54321 Says:

Fake news. If the media would've let out even a fraction of the deep Jew hatred Obama the snake has for our people, it would make your blood curdle.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:03 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

fake news. our dear president may he be well loves Israel and sorrounds himself with smart non liberal Jews.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:07 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Fake News/Facts Rubashkin was freed for votes, like the Squerers were freed by H for votes. Trump will need every vote in 2020.
"Trump loves his jewish daughter. shows her off" very sick, just look at the pictures of him showing her off and listen to Stern tapes. Nauseating.
There is Zero difference. Trump and Hillary both freed Jews for votes. Both have children married to Jews.
At the best H got maybe 1000 votes and fread 3 Chassidim. Trump is hoping for a few 100.000 votes for one chosid. (I will agree with you that both H and Trump should be thanked for this irrelevant for their reason)
Hillary never called neo-nazis "Very fine people" or "crazy Jews" (she is a diplomat watching every single word she says, he is not.)

Huh what votes is Trump getting in 2020? Is he getting NY or NJ? Yo need to carry the state?

And 3 years in advance? You think Trump is sooo thought out?

You may find it sick that he is proud of his daughter but it does not sound like an anti semite to me.

1,000 skvera chasidim? Have you ever been to skver? And you don't think R Moshe titlebaum zt"L and future reba his bro in law R Aron didn't rally the KJ vote?

That's 1,000 votes?

I fargin you to hate Trump. But stop spewing nonsense. You don't even make sense.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:09 PM Anonymous Says:

The NY Daily News which headlined thet story, has an anti-Trump agenda. I think that this was a beef between a tenant and a landlord, over repairs. However, I thought that if one buys an apartment in Trump Tower, then it was their responsibility to do the maintenance, and not the responsibility of The Trump Organization. I think though, that Trump should have expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased, after he tweeted that Trump Tower was well built. So far, he has been silent. He should have shown that he was a bigger mench than Mr. Goldsmith was, with his twenty two year old Loshon Hora. Incidentally, Mr. Educated Archy, Trump has a Jewish daughter-in-law, and not a Jewish daughter.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:14 PM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Fake News/Facts Rubashkin was freed for votes, like the Squerers were freed by H for votes. Trump will need every vote in 2020.
"Trump loves his jewish daughter. shows her off" very sick, just look at the pictures of him showing her off and listen to Stern tapes. Nauseating.
There is Zero difference. Trump and Hillary both freed Jews for votes. Both have children married to Jews.
At the best H got maybe 1000 votes and fread 3 Chassidim. Trump is hoping for a few 100.000 votes for one chosid. (I will agree with you that both H and Trump should be thanked for this irrelevant for their reason)
Hillary never called neo-nazis "Very fine people" or "crazy Jews" (she is a diplomat watching every single word she says, he is not.)

Is that why she hugged an kissed suha arafat after a speech in which suha claimed Israel poisons arab children?
Trumps grandchildren are Jewish hillarys are not

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:15 PM hashomer Says:

Trumpf is not an antasemit. He's an all-purpose hater, with crude comments vs nearly every ethnic group or entity he hates. A real role model for frum yeladim everywhere. And hate speech matters as we enter 1933 with the New Fuhrer of Mar-A-Nurenburgo...

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:16 PM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

The NY Daily News which headlined thet story, has an anti-Trump agenda. I think that this was a beef between a tenant and a landlord, over repairs. However, I thought that if one buys an apartment in Trump Tower, then it was their responsibility to do the maintenance, and not the responsibility of The Trump Organization. I think though, that Trump should have expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased, after he tweeted that Trump Tower was well built. So far, he has been silent. He should have shown that he was a bigger mench than Mr. Goldsmith was, with his twenty two year old Loshon Hora. Incidentally, Mr. Educated Archy, Trump has a Jewish daughter-in-law, and not a Jewish daughter.

Yes he does as his daughter converted his daughter in law is not Jewish as only her father was Jewish

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

The NY Daily News which headlined thet story, has an anti-Trump agenda. I think that this was a beef between a tenant and a landlord, over repairs. However, I thought that if one buys an apartment in Trump Tower, then it was their responsibility to do the maintenance, and not the responsibility of The Trump Organization. I think though, that Trump should have expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased, after he tweeted that Trump Tower was well built. So far, he has been silent. He should have shown that he was a bigger mench than Mr. Goldsmith was, with his twenty two year old Loshon Hora. Incidentally, Mr. Educated Archy, Trump has a Jewish daughter-in-law, and not a Jewish daughter.

Perhaps you aren't living on the same planet as the rest of us. Ivanka Trump Kushner - POTUS's DAUGHTER- is halachically Jewish.

I have no clue if he has a Jewish DIL.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:29 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #5  
54321 Says:

Fake news. If the media would've let out even a fraction of the deep Jew hatred Obama the snake has for our people, it would make your blood curdle.

How would you know that if nobody is reporting on it?

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:43 PM rachelw Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

The NY Daily News which headlined thet story, has an anti-Trump agenda. I think that this was a beef between a tenant and a landlord, over repairs. However, I thought that if one buys an apartment in Trump Tower, then it was their responsibility to do the maintenance, and not the responsibility of The Trump Organization. I think though, that Trump should have expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased, after he tweeted that Trump Tower was well built. So far, he has been silent. He should have shown that he was a bigger mench than Mr. Goldsmith was, with his twenty two year old Loshon Hora. Incidentally, Mr. Educated Archy, Trump has a Jewish daughter-in-law, and not a Jewish daughter.

Pres Trump has both a Jewish daughter and daughter-in-law. And way before needing votes he helped Jewish people magnanimously in their dire time of need. Without fanfare. He is a mensch and friend of the Jewish people. No ifs or buts about it.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 02:47 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

The NY Daily News which headlined thet story, has an anti-Trump agenda. I think that this was a beef between a tenant and a landlord, over repairs. However, I thought that if one buys an apartment in Trump Tower, then it was their responsibility to do the maintenance, and not the responsibility of The Trump Organization. I think though, that Trump should have expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased, after he tweeted that Trump Tower was well built. So far, he has been silent. He should have shown that he was a bigger mench than Mr. Goldsmith was, with his twenty two year old Loshon Hora. Incidentally, Mr. Educated Archy, Trump has a Jewish daughter-in-law, and not a Jewish daughter.

Ivanka is totally jewish.

Lhalcha one who converts lshem ishus is jewish.

You may not like the rabbi who performed but what makes it unkosher? Was she not mekbal mitzvos?

Despite all the negativity if Ivanka decided to become more ehrlich and asked the badataz do I have to keep shabbos. Do you think the bedataz would say no you are a goy and must turn on a light on shabbos? Like would they really consider her a goy if push came to shove?

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 03:13 PM Bearly Ursine Says:

Reply to #13  
yamsar Says:

How would you know that if nobody is reporting on it?

He can read minds through his tinfoil hat.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 03:49 PM 54321 Says:

Reply to #13  
yamsar Says:

How would you know that if nobody is reporting on it?

Looks at all his actions against Israel. Is the Iran deal not big enough for you?

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 03:51 PM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #10  
hashomer Says:

Trumpf is not an antasemit. He's an all-purpose hater, with crude comments vs nearly every ethnic group or entity he hates. A real role model for frum yeladim everywhere. And hate speech matters as we enter 1933 with the New Fuhrer of Mar-A-Nurenburgo...

you're just a deranged anti trumpster yet you support the obamanation who gave the iranian fuhrer billions of dollars to use to fund the murder of Jews in Israel

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 04:18 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #4  
54321 Says:

Fake news

I bet you, Educated Archy, and the other "State Jews" here didn't say that when Jesse Jackson was accused of anti-Semitism after "jokingly" calling NYC "Hymie-town."

As I said elsewhere here today, you guys are so comfortable and assimilated here that you are able to have a deep partisan loyalty to an uncouth Goyishe politician that trumps (pun intended) even your interests as Yidden.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 05:04 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #19  
yonasonw Says:

I bet you, Educated Archy, and the other "State Jews" here didn't say that when Jesse Jackson was accused of anti-Semitism after "jokingly" calling NYC "Hymie-town."

As I said elsewhere here today, you guys are so comfortable and assimilated here that you are able to have a deep partisan loyalty to an uncouth Goyishe politician that trumps (pun intended) even your interests as Yidden.

very wrong.

Such a narrow minded analogy. Quite suprising from an intellectual like you. One has to look at the whole picture and view the entire context not just one statement.

Jessie jackson did it in the context of hating jews. Jessie used his pulpit to preach jewish hatred.

Trump, on the other hand has a list of polices as well as life long deeds that clealy indicated that he is no jew hater.

You are unable to disentangle your party loyalty and anti Trump rhetoric that you'd never give the man any credit for any good deed.

Uncouth goy? yes thats true. Despite my support for the president I agree he is immoral (far worse than Clinton or Kennedy) But a jew hater? Fake news and lies

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 05:07 PM georgeg Says:

I did a search on the web, and it seems that Brassner's family are in the art dealing business, and presumably well to do (to quote: "Brassner was born into a family of wealthy art dealers"). So how come Brassner's bankruptcy filing (2015) states "The limited support of his family coupled with his medical problems caused the debtor to fall into arrears on his mortgage, credit card payments and line of credit payments" His own (wealthy?) family would not help him out? What kind of "medical problems"?

And those complaining about Trump not mentioning Brassner - well (to quote) "Brassner's family declined to comment". So why should Trump irritate the bereaved's relatives by commenting on Brasssner when obviously they do not want any comment?

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 05:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Educated Archy Says:

Huh what votes is Trump getting in 2020? Is he getting NY or NJ? Yo need to carry the state?

And 3 years in advance? You think Trump is sooo thought out?

You may find it sick that he is proud of his daughter but it does not sound like an anti semite to me.

1,000 skvera chasidim? Have you ever been to skver? And you don't think R Moshe titlebaum zt"L and future reba his bro in law R Aron didn't rally the KJ vote?

That's 1,000 votes?

I fargin you to hate Trump. But stop spewing nonsense. You don't even make sense.

"3 years in advance" He was openly planning to run for POTUS for more than 16 years. Fersteist? If not just look it up.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 05:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Educated Archy Says:

Huh what votes is Trump getting in 2020? Is he getting NY or NJ? Yo need to carry the state?

And 3 years in advance? You think Trump is sooo thought out?

You may find it sick that he is proud of his daughter but it does not sound like an anti semite to me.

1,000 skvera chasidim? Have you ever been to skver? And you don't think R Moshe titlebaum zt"L and future reba his bro in law R Aron didn't rally the KJ vote?

That's 1,000 votes?

I fargin you to hate Trump. But stop spewing nonsense. You don't even make sense.

Stope fake news. Its so easy to check how Wili,Lakewood,Flatbush,Crown Heights,Monsey etc voted. You yourself said it proudly many times we voted for Trump 78%. Cant have the cake and eat it. We voted for him he pardoned Rubashkin.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 05:19 PM georgeg Says:

Further to my previous post, some more context;

"Todd Brassner ... loved fast cars, electric guitars, expensive watches ..." Yep, people really liked him for "himself", not his money (or lifestyle bought by money).

"Mr. Brassner, 67, lived alone amid a collection of about 100 vintage electric guitars ... and artwork ..."

"... Mr. Brassner started leaving the apartment less and less frequently, and he resisted offers from friends to visit or bring food. "

"Mr. Brassner’s struggle with drugs brought him into contact with “shady characters, who snookered him out of masterpieces,” "

And I just read that after he filed for bankruptcy he inherited some money from his father and "He showed up at my house the next day in a brand-new red Lamborghini". So clearly his money problems were not his own fault.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 05:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
54321 Says:

Looks at all his actions against Israel. Is the Iran deal not big enough for you?

Are you talking about Trump withdrawing American troops from syria and placing Iran on Israels border?

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 05:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
AmYisroel Says:

you're just a deranged anti trumpster yet you support the obamanation who gave the iranian fuhrer billions of dollars to use to fund the murder of Jews in Israel

Obama did not give Iran one cent. Presidents cant do that. Trump cant build the wall he talked about 1000 times because he cant get the money from congress. (Otherwise he would not beg daily that Mexicans will pay for it)

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 05:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
AmYisroel Says:

you're just a deranged anti trumpster yet you support the obamanation who gave the iranian fuhrer billions of dollars to use to fund the murder of Jews in Israel

Iran is developing the nukes for 25 years. Its funded by Russia , Trumps best friend. FYI Obama is the first USA President who put sanctions on IRAN.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 05:30 PM georgeg Says:

Reply to #19  
yonasonw Says:

I bet you, Educated Archy, and the other "State Jews" here didn't say that when Jesse Jackson was accused of anti-Semitism after "jokingly" calling NYC "Hymie-town."

As I said elsewhere here today, you guys are so comfortable and assimilated here that you are able to have a deep partisan loyalty to an uncouth Goyishe politician that trumps (pun intended) even your interests as Yidden.

For someone who is presenting himself as championing Jewish identity, you seem to be rather forgiving of the one who openly disdains his Jewishness to the point of presenting himself as a "Hebrew". I would have thought that statement by itself qualifies him (at the very least) to be called a "crazy Jew".

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 06:26 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

Iran is developing the nukes for 25 years. Its funded by Russia , Trumps best friend. FYI Obama is the first USA President who put sanctions on IRAN.

Don’t confuse these pudding heads with the facts, they already made up their minds.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 06:24 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #17  
54321 Says:

Looks at all his actions against Israel. Is the Iran deal not big enough for you?

What actions against Israel? The abstention vote when Bibi openly mocked him? Bibi was warned and he chose to go his own way. Obama gave Israel far more financial aid then any of his predecessors. And as far as the Iran deal goes, you may disagree with the deal, but many high ranking intelligence agents and military generals supported the deal. Nothing blood curdling over here and nothing to report on.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 07:52 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

Perhaps you aren't living on the same planet as the rest of us. Ivanka Trump Kushner - POTUS's DAUGHTER- is halachically Jewish.

I have no clue if he has a Jewish DIL.

Jewish according to who? Haskal Lookstein and Avi Weiss?

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 07:55 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

Iran is developing the nukes for 25 years. Its funded by Russia , Trumps best friend. FYI Obama is the first USA President who put sanctions on IRAN.

Oh, please stop with your facts. You'll confuse the Trumpsters.

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 Apr 09, 2018 at 10:05 PM AmYisroel Says:

Reply to #26  
Anonymous Says:

Obama did not give Iran one cent. Presidents cant do that. Trump cant build the wall he talked about 1000 times because he cant get the money from congress. (Otherwise he would not beg daily that Mexicans will pay for it)

Yes he did he stopped over to them 1.7 billion dollars in cash

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 Apr 10, 2018 at 08:16 AM Anonymous Says:

To #24- Your loshon hora, about the alleged background and shortcomings of the deceased Mr. Brassner, are despicable, and reprehensible!

To all the others, regarding Ivanka- I have never questioned her conversion; however, even though she converted, she is still not Trump's daughter, but his dauther-in-law, period!!

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 Apr 10, 2018 at 08:25 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

Stope fake news. Its so easy to check how Wili,Lakewood,Flatbush,Crown Heights,Monsey etc voted. You yourself said it proudly many times we voted for Trump 78%. Cant have the cake and eat it. We voted for him he pardoned Rubashkin.

Dummy our votes don't count why would he care ? It doesn't help him in any way.

Planned for 16 yrs to run ? Never seriously. Every analyst including yoni will tell you , trump is last min and chaotic he didn't assemble a team for 8 years like Hillary . He was busy sleeping with prostitutes in Russia . ( even I admit that )

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 Apr 10, 2018 at 08:57 AM yamsar Says:

Reply to #31  
qazxc Says:

Jewish according to who? Haskal Lookstein and Avi Weiss?

Yes. No good?

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 Apr 10, 2018 at 10:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

Iran is developing the nukes for 25 years. Its funded by Russia , Trumps best friend. FYI Obama is the first USA President who put sanctions on IRAN.

Fact check:
Bush put sanctions on Iran aka the axis of evil

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