Nothing changes when it comes to the Nationalist (the white supremacist) in the White House who constantly yammers away against brown and black people in his rallies. Trump is his name. He is traveling about the country giving his fear-mongering speeches about the “caravan” coming to “invade” us, so it’s necessary to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to send thousands of troops to the border to protect us. Armed military ready to shoot a bunch of walking migrants many miles from our southern border. What nonsense!
Counteracting all the deceit and hate is no easy matter. Trump today and for the past two years has been throwing so much garbage at us that I wonder how to stay calm and civil. I think it behooves people—especially members of Congress—to counteract the many lies Trump spews at his rallies and press conferences, not to mention his lack of empathy. On Thursday, November 1, he was whining and complaining that the “bomb stuff” (pipe bombs sent to Democrats) and funerals for the eleven massacred Jewish worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue were disrupting the Republican momentum. So of course, Trump would not want to disrupt his momentum by condemning the increase in anti-Semitic acts nationwide.
Jewish tombstones, synagogues, and Jewish educational institutions have been vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti—acts intended to intimidate. One example: A California synagogue was vandalized on October 31 when a man in a hoodie spray-painted “Fuck Jews” on the wall of Beth Jacob Congregation in Irvine, California, the police reported. That same day, a New York City resident posted pictures of swastikas that had been scrawled on homes in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. Thankfully no one has been injured or killed in recent attacks, but it’s incumbent upon the so-called leader of the United States to denounce anti-Semitism whenever and wherever it appears. It might help if he would just read (but he doesn’t read) and repeat some of what organizations like the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Jews themselves have to say.
“In 2017, anti-Semitic incidents surged nearly 60 percent, according to the ADL. In 2017 there were nearly 2,000 anti-Semitic incidents, up from 1,267 in 2016. “This was the largest single-year increase on record and the second highest number reported since ADL started tracking such data in 1979. The sharp rise was due in part to a significant increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks various U.S. hate groups, including neo-Nazis and white nationalists, notes: “Year after year, decade after decade, anti-Semitism proves to be among the most entrenched and pervasive forms of hatred and bigotry in the United States. Jews make up only about 2 percent of the U.S. population, but in annual FBI data they repeatedly account for more than half of the Americans targeted by hate crimes committed due to religious bias.”
It’s doubtful that Trump, who says he is proud of his nationalism with its Nazi roots, will take time from his fear of walkers seeking asylum to talk about reducing anti-Semitic bigotry.