Donald Trump Jr. slams New York Times for 'disgusting' anti-Semitic cartoon as publication admits 'error of judgment'
President Donald Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. has slammed The New York Times on Saturday, April 27 after the newspaper admitted that it printed an anti-Semitic cartoon that portrays Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump Jr. tweeted: "Disgusting. I have no words for flagrant anti-Semitism on display here. Imagine this was in something other than a leftist newspaper?"
The cartoon that brought about a firestorm on social media portrays Trump as a blind man wearing a yarmulke while being led by a dog that had Netanyahu's face. The collar on the "dog" has a blue Star of David dangling from it while Trump holds the leash, The Hill reported.
The Times then issued a statement that said that the racist cartoon was printed by its international edition. The paper said that an editor's note will appear in the international edition on April 29.
The publication in a tweet said: "A political cartoon in the international print edition of The New York Times on Thursday included anti-Semitic tropes, depicting the prime minister of Israel as a guide dog with a Star of David collar leading the president of the United States, shown wearing a skullcap. The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it. It was provided by The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which has since deleted it."
The New York Times Syndicate is a service that is said to "curate" content from the US-based newspaper and it offers the content to other publications worldwide. The cartoon was drawn by political illustrator António Moreira Antunes from the Lisbon, Portugal-based newspaper called Expresso.
Even though the paper deleted the offensive cartoon, it has not explicitly apologized for publishing it. The cartoon, as well as the explanation for it provided by the newspaper, sparked massive backlash on social media.
Israeli journalist Anshel Pfeffer tweeted: "The NY Times cartoon of Netanyahu as guide-dog for blind Trump would also have been a harsh but fair depiction of their relationship. But the moment Trump has a kippah and Netanyahu a Star of David, it veered sharply into anti-Semitic territory. Truly incredible it was published."
Op-Ed editor of the Jerusalem Post, Seth Frantzman tweeted: "The NYT #antisemitic cartoon numerous clear antisemitic elements: 1. Putting a yarmulke on the US President in negative way...2. Putting the face of the PM of the Jewish state on a dog...3. Using a Star of David on the collar...4. Implying the US is “blindly” led by Jews and/or Israel."
Former ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro also tweeted: "There is really no excuse for the New York Times to publish such a blatantly anti-Semitic image as the one in this cartoon. Not acceptable in any way."
The controversial cartoon was supposed to be a criticism of the Trump administration's pro-Israel bias. Palestinian leaders have said that Trump cannot be an honest broker for peace after he severed the long-standing US policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017. The president even moved the American embassy to the city in May last year.