The mainstream media’s new narrative on Monday appeared to be blaming President Trump not only for the string of undetonated package bombs that were sent to highly influential Democrats but also a horrific shooting that claimed the lives of 11 Jewish people in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday — even though the latter crime was allegedly committed by anti-Semitic critic of the president.
If that doesn’t make much sense to you, you’re not alone.
Trump, who has a Jewish son-in-law and a daughter who has converted to Judaism, has been a very staunch defender of Israel and recently declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, despite harsh criticism. He has also associated with and sought legal counsel from many Jewish people throughout his life.
Despite that, a CNN White House reporter wrote an opinion piece claiming Trump shares blame for the synagogue shooting by ginning up hatred all-around and, allegedly, driving one of his naysayers to commit acts of violence against a community of people the president supports.
If that still doesn’t make sense to you, join the growing crowd.
And it’s not just Trump who is getting attacked for that mass shooting. His Jewish supporters are getting hit with some grotesque words, too.
Franklin Foer, a Jewish writer for the left-leaning magazine The Atlantic, wrote a piece immediately after the shooting condemning Jewish Trump supporters, claiming they’re complicit in attacks on their own community, and calling for them to be shunned and barred from their own synagogues.
“Any strategy for enhancing the security of American Jewry should involve shunning Trump’s Jewish enablers,” Foer concluded in his piece. “Their money should be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They have placed their community in danger.
In response to blame being placed on Trump, the Republican Jewish Coalition sent the president a letter thanking him profusely for his support of the Jewish community:
“Dear Mr. President.
Thank you for your strong condemnation of the anti-Semitic attack against Jewish worshippers in Pittsburgh and your unequivocal and heartfelt comments against anti-Semitism. You rightly described anti-Semitism as ‘one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history.’ We appreciate your saying that, ‘The vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears.’
We are grateful that you sent two senior members of your administration, Jason Greenblatt and Avi Berkowitz, to Pittsburgh, not only to represent the administration at this painful time, but to send the clear message that this White House stands squarely with the Jewish community and the people of Pittsburgh. Thank you also for calling for flags at federal buildings to fly half-staff in respect for the dead.
It is regrettable that there are some who are trying to use this tragic moment for political gain: This is no time for political attacks. Eleven members of our Jewish family, of our American family, have been taken from us. As we mourn this loss, we should come together rather than try to score partisan political points. You called for unity and tolerance in the face of evil and hatred, and that is precisely what we need right now. Your sympathy and solidarity with the Jewish community are deeply appreciated.
Our thanks go to you, to our law enforcement officers, and to our non-Jewish neighbors and friends who have reached out to Jewish communities across the country with love and support. We are indeed one American people and will overcome every effort to divide and weaken us.”