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Monday, March 8, 2021

Trump Impeachment Lawyer Mocked Over Orthodox Ritual

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Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

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Aaron Bandler
Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

Several Twitter users mocked one of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers after he did an Orthodox Jewish ritual during his speech on the floor of the Senate.

The lawyer, David Schoen, paused and took a sip of water while holding the back of his head as he delivered his arguments.

This prompted some on Twitter to mock him.

 

Jewish Twitter users, however, quickly noted that Schoen, an Orthodox Jew, was saying a blessing over the water while covering the back of his head because he wasn’t wearing a yarmulke.

“He covers his head when drinking water because that’s what many observant Jews do,” American Jewish Committee Managing Director of Global Communications Avi Mayer tweeted. “It is generally followed by the recitation of a blessing and is an expression of religiosity. Don’t be jerks.”

He defended his use of the term “jerks” in a subsequent tweet, stating, “I invite you to check out the responses to that very tweet, including the folks who’ve characterized Schoen’s religious observance as ‘weird,’ ‘f*cking weird’ and ‘religious nonsense.’ In other words, jerks.”

Jerusalem Post Senior Contributing Editor Lahav Harkov tweeted that when she was in high school, she would see Orthodox men do the ritual Schoen did every day. “In light of some of the reactions I’m seeing — I don’t think people are especially ignorant for not knowing what he’s doing. I don’t even think the vast majority of American Jews, who are not observant, would know.”

The progressive Jewish organization Bend the Arc: Jewish Action tweeted, “Please stop mocking David Schoen for engaging in Jewish ritual as an observant Orthodox Jew. Please continue calling him out for making a mockery of our democracy & the concept of public speaking.”

After leaving office, Trump was impeached for the second time for allegedly inciting the January 6 riot that led to the storming of the Capitol building. If convicted, Trump would be unable to run for office ever again.

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