Another day, another reminder of the evil in the world, not in some faraway dark corners of the globe but right in the midst of us:
A gunman yelling, “All Jews must die,” has stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 worshippers and wounding six others before he was arrested.
US attorney for western Pennsylvania Scott Brady told a news conference on Saturday that charges could be filed later on Saturday against the suspected shooter, 46-year-old Robert Bowers from Pittsburgh.
It’s the deadliest ever single act of violence against the Jewish people in American history.
Brady appears from his social media to be a virulent anti-Semite. Needless to say, Donald Trump will be blamed:
And a word to my fellow American Jews: This president makes this possible. Here. Where you live. I hope the embassy move over there, where you don’t live was worth it.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 27, 2018
Brady disliked Trump because he thought that Trump is under the Jewish influence. I can’t quite comprehend from a purely logical point of view how Trump made Brady possible if Brady thinks that Trump is part of the problem. But this won’t stop the left (where the high and mighty constantly rub shoulders with anti-Semites like Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton) fingering Trump. I’m not able to peer inside Trump’s heart but I doubt this lifelong liberal New York Democrat would have lasted in business and in New York if he was an anti-Semite. In office, he is arguably the most strongly pro-Israel President in living memory. He’s being painted as an anti-Semite or an anti-Semite enabler because some of his fans on the political fringes are indeed bigots. But even if you can blame somebody for some of their followers, they’re not the ones who just shot up a synagogue.