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What Trump sees in Arpaio

Dana Milbank on

As if by way of greeting, a white-and-green chopper from the Marine One fleet buzzed low over the crowd during the opening prayer. Speaker after speaker, regardless of color or creed, denounced the person who rides in that helicopter, and more than one faulted Jerry Falwell Jr. and other white evangelicals for the "sin of silence" in the face of the hatred Trump has stirred.

A cantor led the crowd in the Hebrew song "Hine Ma Tov" -- how good it is for brothers to live as one. A black Jewish woman in a tallit -- a Jewish prayer shawl -- spoke, and a rabbi blew a shofar. A black Catholic nun spoke.

"God's majestic creation," observed Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, head of the Religious Action Center. From the Nazis in Charlottesville, Pesner said, "we learned that anti-Semitism and white supremacism are intertwined. They are dual threats that call us to act and confront them together and directly."

African-Americans responded with cries of "Yes!" and "All right!" to the rabbi's preaching.

Jonah Geffen, a conservative rabbi from New York, in white robe and tallit, liked what he heard from Sharpton. He pronounced him "a totally different man" from the Sharpton of old.

Joining Sharpton's march was Jesse Jackson, of "Hymietown" fame. But there is no time to dwell on old slights when neo-Nazis are at the door. "We don't have a person to lose," King told the Jews at their prayer meeting Monday morning. "We are brothers and sisters."

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