Blam­ing Trump Ex­ac­er­bates Strife

Hartford Courant (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Many Democrats, their sup­port­ers and an abun­dance of me­dia voices have been quite out­spo­ken in blam­ing Pres­i­dent Trump for the slaugh­ter of Jews at the Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue. These false ac­cu­sa­tions will do noth­ing more than pro­mul­gate more strife within the Amer­i­can pop­u­lace.

It’s that type of rhetoric that helps drive hate­ful re­ac­tions and vi­o­lence. The nas­ti­ness needs to stop, no mat­ter the po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion taken.

It seems one thing that drives the far left is Trump ha­tred. And Demo­cratic politi­cians ei­ther join the far left or re­frain from crit­i­ciz­ing it in Democrats’ per­ceived need to achieve sup­port.

In­so­far as blam­ing Pres­i­dent Trump for the Pitts­burgh atroc­ity, it just does not make sense. He has ap­pointed many Jews to high-rank­ing po­si­tions in his ad­min­is­tra­tion. His daugh­ter Ivanka and her chil­dren are Jewish. He has been an ar­dent sup­porter of Is­rael. His ad­min­is­tra­tion has worked to im­prove re­la­tions be­tween Is­rael and her Arab neigh­bors.

Jews have been the un­in­ter­rupted tar­get of anti-Semitism for 2,500 years, of­ten re­sult­ing in their slaugh­ter. Anti-Semitism is strong and grow­ing in Europe. It con­tin­ues in Mid­dle Eastern coun­tries. Most alarm­ing, driven by left­ists, it’s thriv­ing on Amer­i­can col­lege and univer­sity cam­puses.

Al­lan Pil­ver, South Wind­sor

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