Earlier today I attended a protest here in New York City against the policies of — this is still very hard to say — President-elect Donald J. Trump. The mood of the event was cordial but there was an undercurrent of anxiety. What is happening to this country, anyway?
I’m very concerned about what Mr. Trump’s victory holds for America’s actions in the Middle East. The initial rumors I’m hearing are very troubling. There’s a bad spirit abroad in Israel right now, a spirit which is contemptuous of the rights and sensitivities of its Palestinian citizens and its Arab and Muslim neighbors, and I fear that this spirit will be emboldened by Mr. Trump’s contemptuous remarks about Muslims. I very much dislike what I’m hearing.
We’ll have a great deal of work to do. But don’t despair. A few blocks from Trump Tower, workmen were putting up the still-unlit Christmas tree.
Nov. 12, ‘16