What responsibility should Trump take for the current toxic climate? And what does the evidence say: Is the president an anti-Semite?
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The Pittsburgh massacre was the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. Eleven worshippers were gunned down by a far-right anti-Semite at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. The alleged shooter wasn’t a supporter of President Donald Trump, but, like Trump, he was obsessed with immigrants and terrorists coming into the country — and he blamed “globalist” Jews for being behind it all.
Even before the synagogue attack, the Trump presidency had been marked by an explosion in the number of anti-Semitic attacks across the U.S. Despite his condolences and the fact that his daughter and son-in-law are Jewish, the reality is that this president of the United States has, shamefully, something of his own record when it comes to anti-Semitism. He’s referred to neo-Nazis as “very fine people” and trafficked in some of the oldest and most blatant anti-Jewish stereotypes. So what responsibility should he take for the current toxic climate? And what does the evidence say: Is the president an anti-Semite?