Anti-Defamation League sends $56,000 in Trump contributions to anti-bias efforts

Posted at 12:46 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 12:46:33-04

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Anti-Defamation League, blasting “stereotyping and scapegoating” on the campaign trail, is redirecting Donald Trump’s contributions to anti-bias and anti-bullying programs.

Trump and his foundation have given the organization, which fights anti-Semitism, $56,000, the group said.

“We are taking this step to demonstrate that, even as the campaign has surfaced ugly rhetoric, we can reach higher,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the Anti-Defamation League’s chief executive officer, in a statement.

“Even as his campaign has mainstreamed intolerance, we can push back on the hate and evoke our better angels not just with words, but with deeds,” he said.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Greenblatt also said that “in light of the recent campaign, we have decided to redirect the total amount of funds that he contributed to ADL over the years specifically into anti-bias education programs that address exactly the kind of stereotyping and scapegoating that have been injected into this political season.”

The move comes the day before Trump speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s policy conference in Washington.

Trump previewed his comments Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” saying he supports a peace deal between Israel and Palestine and claiming that “there is nobody more pro-Israel than I am.”

“I don’t know one Jewish person that doesn’t want to have a deal, a good deal, a proper deal, but a really good deal. But I would say it’s probably one of the toughest deals,” Trump said.