Ivanka Trump just tweeted about today’s synagogue massacre and was immediately called out

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This morning, the second major right-wing terror attack in just a week occurred in the United States. Forty-six-year-old white supremacist Robert Bowers opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue while screaming “All Jews must die,” killing eleven and injuring several others as a family held a naming ceremony for their newborn child.

The attack was an absolutely horrifying act of violence that was clearly motivated by anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; the killer’s final message on Gab (Twitter for Nazis) referenced the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and called the refugees they resettle in the America as “invaders” who were here to “slaughter” his people — rhetoric that the President and his backers have used in more publicly palatable language over and over again for the past few years.

First Daughter and White House advisor Ivanka Trump took to Twitter this afternoon to share a message of condolence and unity following the horrifying massacre, but refused to acknowledge the role that her own family played in encouraging the deed.

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From the outset, it was clear that the Trump administration was not going to be a friend of American Jews as the new President filled his team with open white supremacists and Nazi-adjacent ideologues like Steve Bannon, Steven Miller, Sebastian Gorka, and Ian Smith.

Immediately following the election, which saw Trump first begin to use coded anti-Semitic language like “globalists”, sharing anti-Semitic memes, and begin propagating anti-Semitic conspiracies about billionaire George Soros, swastikas were spray-painted around the country and hate crimes immediately spiked.

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Then came the slew of bomb threats to Jewish community centers around the country, causing evacuations and terrorizing the kids and their families.

President Trump at first  refused to condemn the attacks, then claimed that “sometimes it’s the reverse,” shouted down a Jewish reporter from Israel who tried to press him to condemn the attacks, and then sent out his Press Secretary Sean Spicer to admonish the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect for not “praising Trump’s leadership.”

When neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched on Charlottesville yelling “Jews will not replace us” and then murdered activist Heather Heyer, Trump refused to condemn them and said that there were “good people on both sides.”

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Just yesterday, President Trump was joking about “locking up” George Soros and blowing anti-Semitic “globalist” dogwhistles that neo-Nazis around the country are clearly listening to and responding to.

When faced with the consequences of two years of wink-nudge-winking to the far-right, all President Trump could do was victim-shame the synagogue for failing to have armed guards and then complain how he, the most powerful man in the free world, somehow “couldn’t do anything about it.”

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So if Ivanka really wanted to do anything substantial to help stop this violence against her community, she can start right at home by calling out her Nazi-courting father, a course of action which the users of Twitter were quick to point out to her:

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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