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January 10, 2017 7:20 pm

Trump Inauguration Rabbi: All Americans Should Be ‘Rooting for the Success’ of President-Elect

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Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Photo: Maxine Dovere.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Photo: Maxine Dovere.

The rabbi who will deliver a prayer at the inauguration ceremony in Washington, DC next week told The Algemeiner on Tuesday that all Americans should be “rooting for the success” of President-elect Donald Trump.

“Ample time has been given to play out the politics,” Rabbi Marvin Hier — the 77-year-old founder and dean of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center — said. “We have a new president. Instead of more divisiveness, let’s hope for the best from him.”

Rejecting criticism he has received from some segments of the Jewish community for his decision to participate in the inauguration, Hier said, “When you look at who will be sitting on the platform, you see Hillary and Bill Clinton, you see Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. and Laura Bush. And you see Jimmy Carter. That’s hardly a collection of people who agreed with Donald Trump. Nonetheless, they are smart enough to know that they should be at the inauguration of an American president, because it’s a symbol of this peaceful transition of power we have here. There are no tanks. It’s a remarkable thing. It’s a day when we showcase to the world why the United States of America remains, so many years after its founding, the greatest democracy on the planet.”

Opponents of Trump, Hier said, should show “respect for the institution of the American presidency and the peaceful transition of power that comes once every four years.”

Hier pointed out that he himself did not see eye-to-eye with Trump on every issue.

“I disagreed with some of his policy proposals and I said so publicly,” Hier noted. “For example, I’m not in favor of 12 million immigrants being kicked out of the country. I’m against the Muslim registry, as I would be against a Jewish registry. But what I am in favor of is a jihadist registry. I think the intelligence agencies should keep very careful records on who is a jihadist — that is to say those who want to overthrow Western civilization.”

Hier commended Trump for his “strong commitment to Israel.”

“We just witnessed a last-minute duplicitous move by the Obama administration to throw Israel under the bus,” Hier said. “Those people who don’t want a rabbi to appear at the inauguration have nothing to say about that?”

The rabbi was one of six clergy members invited to deliver prayers at the inauguration.

“I was shocked, completely surprised,” Hier said. “I had no idea, I wasn’t expecting it. But I was honored to accept the invitation.”

Hier did not reveal the prayer he would recite at the inauguration, but said it would “reflect the 21st century.”

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  • arthur M. alex

    It is patently an infamnia, that over 71% of persons with Jewish surnames in our Motherland have voted with the illegitimate occupier of the White House for the past 8-years….[.especially in the case of the U.N’s Security Council vote against the State of Israel]….Hussein Obama!

    That they the Marxists with Jewish surnames, and their foreign agents have been one of the salient causes of disruption in the body politic, and cessation of our Judeo-Christian culture, which had in the past made the United Staes of America, pre-eminent, and exceptional in all manner, and matters concerning world affairs!

    This brings us to the point where these anarchist, in league with the Black Lives Matters, LaRasa, “American” Communist Party , et. al., subversive movements must be brought to account for their crimes against the American People!

    That being said, and for those patriots interested in beginning the discussion, and possible actions against these groups as how to deal, and dispense with this internal question, please contact me!

  • Surak

    “I’m not in favor of 12 million immigrants being kicked out of the country.” Illegal immigrants, rabbi. Do you allow invaders to illegally occupy your home? Why should America tolerate millions of invaders, many of whom are jihadists and other assorted rapists and murderers? We the people demand the enforcement of our borders. I don’t think you would suggest Israel should open its borders to millions of hostile invaders; why do you have a different standard for America?