Trump’s America: Another Jewish Cemetery Vandalized Sunday

On Sunday, Philadelphia police discovered over 100 vandalized headstones at Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery after a visitor to some of the gravesites called authorities.  Along with that, eleven Jewish Community Centers received bomb threats on the same day.  This comes only a week after a similar incident in Missouri, where at least 150 Jewish graves were vandalized.

And before the Trump supporters who read this jump all over me, I’m not accusing Donald Trump of desiring this to happen.  “Trump’s America” in the title refers to the emboldening of the segment of Trump’s base who are indeed racist white nationalists and feel empowered to carry out more public displays of racism and bigotry. It’s undeniable that there’s been a spike in anti-Semitic attacks and other hate crimes directed at immigrants, Muslims, non-heterosexuals, and non-whites since his election.  Those who were previously hiding their bigoted views in public are now feeling supported and righteous in carrying out hateful acts.

This is a danger I warned about back in November.

Many are now (once again) calling on President Trump to publicly speak out against anti-Semitism and other hate crimes — not just through his press secretary or in a horribly vague response to a reporter’s question, but in a direct, focused speech to the American public.  If Trump is truly bothered by these acts and does not support the emboldening of white nationalists, he needs to come out and directly address them.  He needs to say, “this is not my America.”  He needs to say that he’s supportive of all citizens, not just the white ones or the rich ones or the ones who voted for him.

Up until this point, President Trump only seems interested in surrounding himself with and speaking for those who support him, evidenced by his desire to hold pro-Trump rallies well after the election, as well as his recent exclusion of media outlets who have been critical of his words and actions.

Today, the Anne Frank Center issued a strongly-worded statement on Twitter, urging the President to make a televised statement:

Regardless of which side of the aisle you find yourself on, these hateful acts are undeniable, and there is more the President can do to address them.  We’re headed to a very bad place as a nation and it’s happening quickly.  I agree with the Anne Frank Center when they say, “you now need to act fast, boldly, and specifically.”

Sadly, I don’t think it will happen. I hope I’m wrong.

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28 thoughts on “Trump’s America: Another Jewish Cemetery Vandalized Sunday

  1. A statement will do nothing. He needs to take action and get rid of Bannon and all of the breitbart people inhis adminstration. Their usefullness is at and end anyway. Cutting them out will not hurt him or the republican party, it’s not like they are going to vote for a democrat

  2. First, Trump himself doesn’t give enough of a shit to go out of his way to make anything like a clear, strong statement against such acts of senseless bigotry. Neither, apparently, does anyone else in his over-privileged family.

    Second, even if he did, his base would know he was kidding, and would not be deterred.

    And third, I really don’t think any part of his base have enough self-control to stop doing what they want, unless faced with a wall of cops or militiamen — and they’re already infiltrated by the same sort of bigoted thugs anyway.

          1. The rise in hate crimes is exaggerated. Blacks commit a disproportionate amount of hate crimes, did Obama ever give a speech about that?

          2. The same FBI that pretended to have something on Hillary Clinton, while ignoring Trump’s ties to Russian plutocrats and the FSB? You’re going to need a better source than that.

        1. Repeated bomb threats, whether or not a bomb is present, meets the legal definition of terrorism. i.e.

          the unlawful use or threat of violence especially against the state or the public as a politically motivated means of attack or coercion

          One could make a strong argument that mass vandalism that is clearly targeted at a minority religion fall into that category as well, although that is a bit more of a grey area. Either way, it is not just a local issue.

    1. These demands the President give a speech about vandalism are hysterical.

      Yes, Goat, it’s laughable that anyone would imagine that the Vandal in Chief of the United States would insult his worshippers by telling them not to follow his lead.

      1. Sure, just like conservative Christians claiming they are the most oppressed subculture in America…it’s a SGOPT – Standard GOP Tactic. Really though it is a subset of what is known as conservative projection.

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