Rabbi close to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner slams President Trump's Charlottesville rhetoric


The rabbi that helped Ivanka Trump convert to Judaism sent a condemning letter to his congregation on Wednesday evening, slamming President Trump's "two sides" rhetoric in response to Charlottesville.

According to a letter published by NYMag, Rabbi Emeritus Haskel Lookstein joined his religious colleagues in calling out the violence and hatred present during a protest turned deadly last weekend.

“We are appalled by this resurgence of bigotry and antisemitism, and the renewed vigor of the neo-Nazis, KKK, and alt-right," the letter reads. "While we avoid politics, we are deeply troubled by the moral equivalency and equivocation President Trump has offered in his response to this act of violence."

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The rebuke from a spiritual leader close to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner comes after the president flip-flopped in his rhetoric on Charlottesville -- eventually calling out the "alt-left" for their presence at the protest.

As a senior White House official says Trump "went rogue," mediators like Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump -- an advisory White House duo that may have been able to keep the president more centrist in his rhetoric -- were nowhere to be found.

Ivanka Trump and Kushner were away on vacation both during a House blunder of the health care effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, and when the Donald Trump Jr. email story broke.

Ivanka herself tweeted a reaction to the Charlottesville violence on Sunday, directly calling out "racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis."

Kushner and the president's eldest daughter practice Orthodox Judaism, and criticism for the president from a revered religious adviser could weigh on the conflicted Trump family members and White House advisers.