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.
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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.
America is stronger than the acts of a depraved bigot and anti-semite.
All good Americans stand with the Jewish people to oppose acts of terror & share the horror, disgust & outrage over the massacre in Pittsburgh.
We must unite against hatred & evil.
God bless those affected
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 27, 2018
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.
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.”
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.”
President Trump, asked about gun laws, says the Pittsburgh synagogue should have had armed security at the bris and the gunman wouldn’t be able to do what he did pic.twitter.com/y9Cq59wPM5
— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) October 27, 2018
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:
All good Americans don’t incite people to such violence. You might want to bring that up at Thanksgiving dinner. https://t.co/46JNexZaUY
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) October 27, 2018
America is lead by a man who calls neo-nazis "very fine people", rips brown children away from their parents, and continues a relationship with the Saudis despite the suffering of Yemeni children. Today's tragedy is consistent with the world your dad is fighting to create.
— Sara Gelser (@SenSaraGelser) October 27, 2018