The Anti-Defamation League published a new report alleging that anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S. ADL CEO Johnathan Greenblatt told reporters that President Trump is responsible for that change. We beg to differ.
Last Tuesday, a report from the ADL revealed a noticeable increase in the number of anti-Semitic incidents over the last two years. According to the audit, there were 1,986 acts of anti-Semitism in the U.S in 2017.
If accurate, that is double the number of incidents in 2015 and a nearly 60% increase from 2016. The spike, according to the ADL at least, stems in part from the riots in Charlottesville, VA. That and President Trump’s Twitter account.
“Something has changed with the way that strains of intolerance have moved from the shadows and seeped into the mainstream,” said Greenblatt. “And then not being called out by people at the highest levels of authority in a way that happened before.”
In addition to suggesting that Trump supports white supremacists, Greenblatt outright accuses him of encouraging hate and intolerance through social media. “Those tweets and rhetoric have emboldened and given encouragement to the worst anti-Semites and bigots,” he said.
For the record, the picture below is one of the “controversial” tweets the ADL deemed anti-Semitic. The star, which the left ruled as the Star of David, sparked a left-wing media firestorm during the campaign.
Do you see racist or bigoted undertones in the picture? Or were they…
Unfortunately, it is becoming all too common for leftists to decry racism and bigotry where it doesn’t exist. And when that happens, unchallenged, it creates real dangers for those who do experience these issues.
Interestingly, the report offers no details on the perpetrators behind the anti-Semitic incidents. Remember the rash of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers last year? The left was sure it was the work of neo-Nazis.
Turns out it wasn’t. Instead, the person making the threats was a Jewish teenager from Israel.
Nevertheless, we don’t dispute that hate is on the rise in the U.S. We are equally as sure when it comes to who is and isn’t responsible for it.