A New York-based Jewish advocacy group is among those calling out President Donald Trump for praising the “good bloodlines” of American industrialist and infamous anti-Semite Henry Ford during a Thursday night speech at a Ford Motor Company plant in Michigan.
In a statement Friday, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action said Trump’s remarks about Ford—a Nazi sympathizer whom Adolf Hitler described as the “single great man” of the “American Union” in Mein Kampf—were “yet another dogwhistle to white nationalists.”
“Make no mistake, President Trump knew exactly what he was doing when he said one of America’s most notorious anti-Semites has ‘good bloodlines,'” said Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, noting Hitler’s praise for Ford.
“Trump’s ‘bloodlines’ comment is a loud dogwhistle to Ford’s ‘blood and soil’ nationalism,” Cotler continued, “and his obsession with ‘globalists’ is a direct descendant of conspiracy theories which Ford promoted through anti-Semitic literature such as The International Jew.”
“We are in desperate need of courageous moral leadership to keep our families safe and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic,” she added. “Instead, the Trump administration and their allies are pointing fingers, scapegoating, and distracting us from their epic failure to respond to this crisis.”