An open letter to the President-Elect
Trump supporters “boo” the media after a heckler was removed as the Republican presidential candidate spoke during a campaign stop in Birmingham, Ala. Eric Schultz | AP

Dear Mr. President-Elect:

Before you take the oath of office and settle yourself into the White House, there is one Washington site you should visit, and take your time there, and ponder its implications, especially as they relate to the 2016 campaign that you ran for the Oval Office.

No, it’s not the Washington Monument. It’s not the Lincoln Memorial. It’s not the Ronald Reagan Building. And it isn’t the U.S. Capitol.

It’s the Holocaust Museum.

In just one instance, late in your campaign, at one of your mass rallies in the Midwest, there was a particularly horrifying item being sold, and it was going like hotcakes among your supporters. It was a black T-shirt with a white outline of a tree, and hanging from one of the limbs was a rope with a loop on the end.

The caption, also in white lettering below, was as follows: “Tree. Noose. Journalist. (Some assembly required.)”

Your supporters love it. It sold out.

It’s also very chilling. It is the antithesis of, among other things, the Bill of Rights.

But that’s not why we want you to visit the Holocaust Museum. We want you to go there because it is a step – a very short step – from lynching journalists to lynching others. Such as:

“Tree. Noose. Union member.” Read the Republican platform. It’s extremely anti-union.

Your staffers, in conjunction with party bigwigs, wrote it.

“Tree. Noose. Pro-choice woman.” Didn’t you propose during the campaign that women

considering abortions should be prosecuted, along with their doctors?

“Tree. Noose. Muslim.” You want to ban all Muslims from the U.S.

“Tree. Noose. Latino.” “Rapists. Criminals,” you said. “Build that wall! Build that wall!” the reply came.

“Tree. Noose. Hillary.” “Crooked Hillary,” you shouted, promising to investigate and jail your opponent. “Lock her up! Lock her up!” your supporters chanted back.

“Tree. Noose. African American.” Look what happened to many African Americans who showed up at your rallies. And you condoned those beatings.

And, finally and most chillingly, “Tree. Noose. Jew.” Your campaign’s advertisement about financiers featured three people – one of whom is Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen – whom you claimed were part of a cabal to deny you the Oval Office.

And all three pictured are Jewish. The Holocaust Museum shows you the logical end of fanatical hate of a particular group: Six million Jews murdered, because of who they were.

That’s why we want you to visit the Holocaust Museum. The hatred your campaign unleashed raises the specter of all of those “ads” above, and more, coming true.

Then there’d be one more image and it wouldn’t be an ad: “Tree. Noose. Statue of Liberty. (Some assembly required)”

Do you want that?


Mark Gruenberg
Mark Gruenberg

Mark Gruenberg is head of the Washington, D.C., bureau of People's World. He is also the editor of Press Associates Inc. (PAI), a union news service in Washington, D.C. that he has headed since 1999. Previously, he worked as Washington correspondent for the Ottaway News Service, as Port Jervis bureau chief for the Middletown, NY Times Herald Record, and as a researcher and writer for Congressional Quarterly. Mark obtained his BA in public policy from the University of Chicago and worked as the University of Chicago correspondent for the Chicago Daily News.