Trump speaks out, a bit late, against rising anti-Semitism
What was holding him back? Steve Bannon, maybe? Trump spoke with a number of reporters, including MSNBC’s Craig Melvin:
Trump’s comments come directly in the wake of bomb threats and the desecration of a Jewish cemetery which includes the graves of American war veterans:
The wave of anti-Semitic hate crime that has swept through America in 2017 has had some new installments: the desecration of a cemetery in Missouri and nearly a dozen bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the country.
The Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri, was vandalized on Thursday when dozens of headstones were knocked over or damaged. Although local police suspect that an organization was behind the crime (as opposed to a single person), they have not officially stated whether this is the case or whether they consider it to be a hate crime.
What almost certainly counts as hate crimes, though, were the bomb threats phoned into Jewish community centers on Monday. These included threats in Albuquerque, New Mexico; New York; Birmingham, Alabama; Buffalo and Amherst, New York; Chicago; Cleveland; Houston; Nashville, Tennessee; St. Paul, Minnesota; Tampa, Florida; and Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
The bomb threats occurred one day after Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, called on President Donald Trump to publicly denounce the new wave of anti-Semitism.
“The president helps set the tone for a country,” Hoenlein said from Jerusalem. “I’m hopeful that what he said about . . . addressing hate and racism of all kinds in American society will be translated into clear action.”
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9 responses to Trump speaks out, a bit late, against rising anti-Semitism
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Jungle_Bhoy February 21st, 2017 at 17:24
There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.
robert February 21st, 2017 at 17:26
Alot of tombstones got knocked over at a Jewish cemetery near st.louis mo. and the trumpster is defending tea bag central before they get the blame.
Willys41 February 21st, 2017 at 17:28
Knocking over headstones is kiddie stuff. So is calling in bomb threats. And yes I mean that both literally and figuratively.
Mensa Member February 22nd, 2017 at 19:45
I don’t know any young goats who call in bomb threats.
But, what is your point?
Suzanne McFly February 21st, 2017 at 20:11
I am sick of seeing the rump commentators on TV claiming he can’t be anti-Semitic, his daughter and SIL are Jewish. How many misogynistic pigs are married? It means nothing if you are related to someone who is a part of a group you detest, how many times have we excused loved ones for things they have done?
Kevin February 21st, 2017 at 22:47
Trump didn’t “Speak Out” against Antisemitism, he read some words of a page that someone else wrote down for him. There was no passion in his voice, no emotion to indicate he believed or had any buy in to what he was saying and no sense that he would follow up without being kicked and dragged every step of the way.
Willys41 February 22nd, 2017 at 09:36
Goes to museums. No meetings yet with CBC or NAACP. Goes to museums. Hires people to hold signs “Blacks for Trump” as if that’s a thing.
William February 22nd, 2017 at 10:32
So the guy who put a Nazi in charge is now sympathetic towards Jews. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d17cd37568ea43f1ed4af763e572e5c9660bbc1c4b563a640d956991ba459770.jpg
Mensa Member February 22nd, 2017 at 19:43
Why won’t Trump use the words “radical Christian terrorists”?