No, there’s no Trump-fueled surge in anti-Semitism

No, there’s no Trump-fueled surge in anti-Semitism
Memorials for those murdered in the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh (Image: KDKA video screen grab)

[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.

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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.

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