‘We are scared’

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Opinion -

My wife and I were four blocks away from the Tree of Life sy­n­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh babysit­ting our grand­chil­dren when the mur­ders took place. We are Jewish. We are scared.

The cli­mate of hate that Don­ald Trump has cul­ti­vated has re­sulted in two re­cent hor­rific events. His hate speech has con­se­quences. Pipe bombs were mailed to his crit­ics who in­clude a pre­vi­ous pres­i­dent, vice pres­i­dent, politi­cians, and jour­nal­ists whom Trump has vil­i­fied. And now Jews have been killed in Pitts­burgh while at­tend­ing ser­vices.

Make no mis­take, the marked in­crease in hate crimes against Jews [an in­crease of 68 per­cent in 2017] is a di­rect re­sult of Trump en­cour­ag­ing a once-fringe mi­nor­ity to feel em­bold­ened. While it is clear that Trump won’t take re­spon­si­bil­ity for his own hate speech, it is be­com­ing more con­cern­ing that many still refuse to re­buke Trump....

Many say it is just Trump be­ing Trump as he in­sults McCain, Cruz, or Ru­bio, [or] as he en­cour­ages peo­ple at his ral­lies to chant hate. It is just Trump be­ing Trump as he uses hate for his po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage. If peo­ple refuse to re­pu­di­ate Trump for his hate speech, they are com­plicit in the re­cent deaths in Pitts­burgh. Be­fore it is too late to save the soul of this coun­try, all pa­tri­otic Amer­i­cans have to say that hate speech will not be tol­er­ated and those who use it will be shunned. - David Werner, State Col­lege, PA

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