On Wednesday, President Trump held a largely maskless indoor Hanukkah Party at the White House. Hanukkah is a minor Jewish holiday celebrating the Maccabean revolt against Greek rule and their subsequent rededication of the Second Temple.
However, it has been folded into the larger American holiday season due to its proximity to Christmas. And so parties like these, where a non-Jewish president pays homage to the religious observances of their Jewish constituents, are not uncommon in modern history.
Much like his other recent opportunities to make public statements, President Trump used the White House Hanukkah Party to talk about the election, saying:
"The Jewish people have endured a lot over the centuries but always overcame the most impossible situations. Miracles are possible."
"Maybe we'll see one in the near future. Yes, we're not giving up, and we'll keep fighting to ensure four more years."
A video of his remarks can be seen in the Tweet below.
The Jewish people have endured a lot over the centuries but always overcame the most impossible situations. Miracl… https://t.co/kYRl8y3mha— Mark Kennedy (@Mark Kennedy)1607564202.0
The President went on to assert:
"If people, if certain very important people, if they have wisdom and if they have courage, we are going to win this election."
Jewish Twitter had a field day.
@jacobkornbluh Isn’t law & order - like not overturning elections - a Noachide law? Seems important.— Elissa (@Elissa)1607563191.0
@jacobkornbluh The Xmas decorations at the Hanukkah party are a bit much. Also, Hanukkah doesn't start till tomorrow. Tell Haman to shush.— gophergrad צדק צדק תרדף (@gophergrad צדק צדק תרדף)1607570030.0
Others were mortified by the flouting of COVID restrictions.
The Trump White House is throwing an in-person Hanukkah party, one of a series of recent events the administration… https://t.co/Up3IYDQwgL— Robert Cooper 🌊 (@Robert Cooper 🌊)1607478936.0
@RobertCooper58 @joncoopertweets No masks. Pass the potato pancakes and the covid.— Barbara Malmet (@Barbara Malmet)1607479407.0
@B52Malmet @RobertCooper58 @joncoopertweets Who attends these parties? It's unconscionable to think anyone would d… https://t.co/fSNxp9cQUG— Paulette Elizabeth 🌊🌊🌊 (@Paulette Elizabeth 🌊🌊🌊)1607479793.0
@RobertCooper58 ANYONE attending or even THINKING of attending a WH super spreader party needs their head examined.… https://t.co/4l7ut2q5HN— Bedelia (@Bedelia)1607534850.0
Others were appalled by his continued assault on the electoral results.
@jacobkornbluh Certain very important people? It's an election so he must be talking about the voters. Right? Funda… https://t.co/r8uWq0qlmW— Jeanne Becker-Young (@Jeanne Becker-Young)1607569201.0
@jacobkornbluh Trump is fine if other people break the law for him. He doesn't mind if someone else takes the ri… https://t.co/ipDoNAQntf— WideAngle_ (@WideAngle_)1607571229.0
@jacobkornbluh It’s crazy that he speaks about the SCOTUS justices as if they’re planning to bend to his will. It m… https://t.co/iLN4yn79BW— eyeswideopen (@eyeswideopen)1607567414.0
@jacobkornbluh People with wisdom and courage follow the constitution and concede when they lose an election. They… https://t.co/UMI4Hkr5nF— Invictus (@Invictus)1607599745.0
77% of Jewish voters voted for President-elect Biden.
So maybe next year's Hanukkah party will have a more festive mood.