You probably wouldn’t read this story in the mainstream media because it doesn’t fit the narrative about the Trump administration that media would like you to believe.
Ten months after losing their daughter Meadow in the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Andrew Pollack and his family stood alongside US President Donald Trump as he lit the menorah on the fifth night of Hanukkah, being celebrated on Thursday at the White House with two parties.
“Mr. President, despite the pundits and so-called experts who said you couldn’t, you have retaken Washington for the American people,” said Pollack. “You are the greatest friend that the Jewish people have ever had in the White House—not only because you recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and followed through on your promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but because you understand the spirit of Hanukkah within your heart.”
“We have to keep fighting because the safety of our children and the future of our country depend on whether we honor the true spirit of Hanukkah, by staying true to our traditions and to keep on winning,” added Pollack.
Pollack has said how grateful he was for how the sympathy that Trump extended to him in the wake of the death of his daughter. And Trump showed that again during the Hanukkah ceremony saying, “We promise to hold the memory of beautiful Meadow and every Parkland victim in our hearts forever.”
After lighting the menorah the people in attendance also sang “Maoz Tzur” (“Rock of Ages”), a beautiful song, traditionally sung after the lighting.
At an earlier Hanukkah reception, Trump also recognized eight survivors of the Holocaust, asked them each to come up, shook their hands and said he was honored to meet them.
Democratic NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind had helped them to get to the White House and helped memorialize the event.
Trump said that they had endured “evil beyond description” and he recalled the words of Elie Wiesel. “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”
At both ceremonies, Trump remembered the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and reaffirmed the obligation to confront anti-Semitism and “stamp out this vile hatred from the world.”