‘We are scared’
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