A Tragic Hate Crime 💀

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The horrifying attack

On Saturday, a gunman opened fire inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. 11 victims died and half a dozen more were wounded. The shooting has been classified as a federal hate crime, and is one of the worst anti-Semitic attacks in American history.

Trump's response

President Trump expressed his condolences for the Jewish community and called for the community to unite in the face of hate. Trump’s message for unity was driven by the persuasion of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both of whom are Jewish.


LEANING LEFT:

Vox: Progressive Jewish leaders to Trump: You’re not welcome in Pittsburgh “until you fully denounce white nationalism”

Slate: The Nature of Trump’s Culpability in the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

The left views the attack as a direct culmination of Trump’s influence. They argue that Trump has encouraged racism, extremism, and white nationalism through his verbal attacks on minority groups. These sources believe that the rising wave of violence is clearly linked to the political tensions created by Trump.

LEANING RIGHT:

CBS News: Commentary: The Trump blame game

Boston Herald: Howie Carr: Zip your lips, don’t blame Trump




The right 
argues that Trump’s political rhetoric had no role in inspiring the shooter or encouraging political violence. They point out that the shooter actually did not like Trump and accused him of being a globalist rather than a nationalist. In addition, this side argues that both Republicans and Democrats have engaged in heated debates, so we should not use Trump as a scapegoat for all attacks motivated by hate.


Has Trump caused a surge in anti-Semitism?

Figures show a 60% rise in anti-Semitic incidents between 2016-2017. However, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how many of these incidents can be attributed to Trump’s influence. Factors such as increased reporting of crime and anti-Semitism motivated by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict skew the motivations for each anti-Semitic incident. Nonetheless, a 60% rise does sound like a big bump...

When Trump learns about the stats

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