Another day, another round of despicable allegations against one of Donald Trump’s advisers. The rumblings are that one of the Republican presidential nominee’s inner circle is guilty of anti-Semitism.
Joseph Schmitz, who was only brought on to the Trump campaign in March, is a former Defense Department contractor. During Schimitz’s time at the DOD a ‘complaint file’ has surfaced where Schimitz said, “I fired the Jews.”
The allegations were originally filed with the DOD by an individual named Daniel Meyer, a senior U.S. intelligence official. Meyer has refused to comment on the matter since his complaint has surfaced. However, the complaint names another DOD official who was a witness, and original source of the complaint, to the ugly remarks by Schmitz, one John Crane. Mr. Crane worked side by side with Schmitz, and was an inspector general at the DOD for three years from 2002 to 2005.
Meyer alleges in his official complaint, “In his final days, he allegedly lectured Mr. Crane on the details of concentration camps and how the ovens were too small to kill 6 million Jews.”
Now Mr. Schmitz categorically denies the charges. He said, “The allegations are completely false and defamatory. I do not recall ever even hearing of any allegations of anti-Semitism against me, which would be preposterously false and defamatory because, among other reasons, I am quite proud of the Jewish heritage of my wife of 38 years.”
While the jousting in the media will continue over Schmitz, and Trump’s overall campaign, there is criticism that Trump himself has done an awful job of vetting his staff. Due to the nature of Trump flying by the seat of his pants, he was clearly unable to do a full background check on Schmitz. Even if Schmitz didn’t make anti-Semitic remarks, the mere complaint against him should have been enough to preclude Trump hiring him to join the staff. Instead, Trump was lazy and now has another scandal with which to deal.