'Sheldon Lived a True American Dream': Trump, Conservative America Mourn Adelson

'The world, Israel and the United States are safer,' thanks to casino mogul's political influence, Mike Pompeo says

new-hdc-logo
Haaretz
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
U.S. President Donald Trump stands on stage alongside Sheldon Adelson before delivering remarks at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Florida, U.S., December 7, 2019.
U.S. President Donald Trump stands on stage alongside Sheldon Adelson before delivering remarks at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Florida, U.S., December 7, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Loren Elliott
new-hdc-logo
Haaretz

Casino mogul and conservative megadonor Sheldon Adelson died Tuesday at the age of 87 after a years-long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"Sheldon lived the true American dream. His ingenuity, genius, and creativity earned him immense wealth, but his character and philanthropic generosity his great name," wrote U.S. President Donald Trump in an official statement released Tuesday, in which he too sent heartfelt condolences to the Adelson family and highlighted Adelson's contributions to the State of Israel. "The world has lost a great man. He will be missed," Trump added.

After the Capitol Hill riots, will the blood on Trump's hands stain Israel? LISTEN

U.S. conservative personalities were the first to react to the news, with former U.S. President George W. Bush writing that he and his wife Laura "mourn the passing of a friend." He described Adelson as an "American patriot," a "strong supporter of Israel" and a "generous benefactor of charitable causes, especially medical research and Jewish heritage education."

Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also sent his condolences in a statement relayed on social media, saying that Adelson's life "represented the best of the American dream," and that "the world, Israel and the United States were safer because of his work."

"No one will fill his shoes," tweeted outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Tuesday, writing that Adelson was "the greatest of Jewish philanthropists" and that while "blessed with vast wealth, he had exceptional humility and faith."

"He climbed from sleeping on tenement floors during the Great Depression as a young boy to literally towering over Las Vegas and beyond. He created countless jobs in the process. And he poured his success into philanthropy - from drug abuse treatment to research into cancer and other diseases to the countless Jewish causes around the world that were especially close to his heart," wrote U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday.

Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's son, called the casino hegemon a "giant among men" on Twitter.

The Boston-born son of working-class Jewish immigrants, Sheldon Adelson made his fortune from operating casinos around the world and became a major force in both Israeli and U.S. politics.

He used his vast financial resources to alter the media landscape in the former and promote political candidates in the latter. Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump considered him one of their most important supporters, and both were indebted to him for helping them win their political battles.

At the same time, his political spending was heavily criticized in both countries and became a symbol of how “big money” was conquering the political arena – especially in the year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling of 2010, which made it easier for billionaires to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns.

He is survived by his wife, Israeli-born Dr. Miriam Adelson, and four children.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott