Thomas Gallatin / Oct. 31, 2018

Leftist Lie: 'Trump Is Responsible for Anti-Semitism'

Deranged by their hatred of Trump, leftists refuse to hear the president's words.

What does Trump Derangement Syndrome look like? Well, the American people have been served up a prime example in the days following the anti-Semitic murderous attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last Saturday. Almost immediately, much of the mainstream media was either tacitly or blatantly blaming President Donald Trump for motivating the anti-Semitic murderer. Never mind the fact that the murderer hated Trump. But when it comes to Trump Derangement, cogent facts that demonstrate the absolute absurdity of a claim don’t matter. The derangement rage must be stoked.

In that light, when Trump visited Tree of Life to offer his condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this heinous crime, upwards of 1,000 anti-Trump protesters descended, determined to politicize the event. One organizer declared, “President Trump’s words, actions, and polices have espoused and emboldened the type of violence and hatred our community so tragically endured with the massacre of 11 Jews in their place of worship. The president’s visit on Tuesday, much like his ideas and his presidency, is unwelcome in our city and our country.” But the truth is, had Trump decided not to visit, he would have been blasted for failing to acknowledge the tragedy.

So what were Trump’s words, actions, and policies that were supposedly responsible for motivating this Jew-hating madman? When Trump first learned of the attack, he quickly denounced it as “monstrous” and said, “[It will] require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from our world. This was an anti-Semitic attack at its worst. The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored, cannot be tolerated, and it cannot be allowed to continue.” He added, “It must be confronted and condemned everywhere it rears its ugly head. We must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters to defeat anti-Semitism and vanquish the forces of hate.” So how exactly is he rhetorically fanning the flames of anti-Semitism?

Well, maybe it’s exposed by his actions and polices. After previous presidents had given mere lip service to moving the U.S. embassy to the city of Jerusalem, Trump acted upon it. That, of course, triggered howls from the Left, but Trump has taken the concerns of the nation of Israel seriously and demonstrated his commitment to recognizing its legitimacy in the face of longtime regional opposition. As Dennis Prager (a Jew) argues, Trump is “the most pro-Israel president since Harry Truman.”

The truth is that it has been the Left that has long played the divisive identity-politics game in order to stoke hatred for the “other.” So when Trump says and acts one way, leftists are stuck arguing he did the exact opposite.

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