[Ed. – Here’s additional proof that it’s not Trump’s doing.]
Despite Pittsburgh, there is no surge of American anti-Semitism.
In the wake of the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in US history, Jews are scared. And their grief for 11 innocent lives cruelly struck down by a violent extremist has only been heightened by claims that what we are watching is the direct result of the Trump presidency, in which inflammatory White House rhetoric has provoked a revival of right-wing extremism that targets Jews.
Backing this assertion are statistics from the Anti-Defamation League, which reported a huge spike, 57 percent, in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017. Trump critics have relentlessly flogged that number to prove the president is responsible for enabling Pittsburgh shooter Robert Bowers.
Though Bowers opposed the president because of his close ties to Jews and ardent support of Israel, Trump’s conspiratorial mind-set and outrageous comment about Charlottesville last year (in which he conflated opposition to removing Confederate statues with support for the neo-Nazis) have fed those concerns, because it seemed as if he was assuming moral equivalence between Nazis and their opponents.