US PRESIDENT Donald Trump and his family visit Pittsburgh in the wake of the worst targeted mass murder of Jews in US history.
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After the Charlottesville tragedy, President Trump stated categorically, “We must come together as a nation” and “I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence.” Of course, Democrats twisted his words regarding “fine people” on both sides, a clear reference to conservatives (unaffiliated with Klan members or neo-Nazis) who happened to be protesting in defense of historic landmarks.
Throughout his tenure, Trump has stated “I love Canada,” “God bless the USA,” and said it was his “great honor” to meet with black conservatives at the White House. Of course, none of these words are hailed as unifying or presidential by CNN and other media outlets.
After the massacre of Jewish worshipers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue by an antisemitic madman, Democrats politicized the brutality and blamed Trump’s rhetoric as a motivating factor leading to the carnage. This blatant and shameful use of bloodshed for political gain has taken place, despite Trump’s unequivocal condemnation of antisemitism. The president’s official statement after the tragedy included the following statement on antisemitism:
“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.”
Of course, this too wasn’t good enough for liberals, Democrats and media. To those who despise Trump, nothing the president states overshadows the belligerent tweets or political insults he’s hurled over the past two years. For Hollywood, Democratic voters and liberal pundits, Trump is a human torch of incivility. Hillary Clinton’s reference to black youth as “super predators” and reference to Mahatma Gandhi being a “gas station attendant” is ancient history, according to today’s political correct policeman and women.
The reality, however, is that hate existed long before Trump, and even during President Obama’s administration. Did Obama radicalize Dylan Roof? Of course not, and to say the Trump motivated the lunatic who murdered 11 Jews is simply false. Hate and barbarism existed before and will exist after Trump. Regarding the Obama years, the following New York Times excerpt explains the horror committed by a deranged killer who murdered nine black worshipers in their own Church:
“MR. ROOF said he hoped his attack would agitate race relations and awaken white Americans to the notion that they are ‘second-class citizens.’ He said his ‘racial awareness’ had been inspired by a Google search of the phrase ‘black on white crime’ after the reaction to the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year-old, by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida. ‘That was it,’ he said.”
He said that while sitting silently through the Bible study, his weapon and ammunition concealed in a fanny pack, he considered not going through with his plan. “I could have walked out,” he said, “and you know, that’s just what I was thinking. But then I just like, I don’t know, I don’t want to say spur of the moment, but, you know, I just finally decided I had to do it.”
As Dylan Roof illustrated, there’s no rationale or logic associated with evil deeds. Madmen will find any reason to commit heinous atrocities. Roof referenced events that had nothing to do with Trump, and nothing to do with Obama’s words or actions. Yet, according to Democrats, Trump’s rhetoric is tied to mail bombers and antisemitism.
President Trump moved the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His daughter, son in law and grandchildren are Jewish. There was a time not too long ago where even a Jewish daughter might have been viewed as taboo in American politics. As a Jewish Trump supporter, I find it both ironic and shameful that some liberals would condemn Trump for the actions of others, but view Hamas as a benign entity innocent of terrorist acts. I certainly don’t speak for the 11 Jews murdered or their families, and it’s possible many might disagree with my viewpoint; I’m only speaking from myself.
As an American Jew who supports Trump, I’m appalled that tragedy is used by Democrats to hurt America’s president politically. There’s zero correlation with Trump’s words and the maniacal actions of insane murderers. Until there’s evidence of such correlations, liberal pundits and Democrats should stop blaming Trump, and look at the root causes of racism, antisemitism, and hatred. The writer is a contributor to The Huffington Post, The Daily Caller, The Hill and various other publications.
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