The Trumpster raised another stink, this time with a claim that antisemitic vandalism in the U.S. masked a deeper purpose,
He implied that Jews themselves were behind the acts.
From the Chicago Tribune:
President Donald Trump questioned who was behind a recent spate of anti-Semitic threats and incidents during a meeting with state attorneys general on Tuesday, one of the people present said after the gathering.
When the recent threats against Jewish facilities and vandalism at a Jewish cemetery came up during the meeting, the president responded by calling the incidents “reprehensible” but then “made this reference that sometimes it’s the reverse,” according to a spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, D.
“He used that word ‘reverse’ several times,” Joe Grace, a spokesman for Shapiro, said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon. Grace was relaying what Shapiro had said publicly earlier Tuesday during a phone call with reporters.
Shapiro’s account of the meeting with Trump was first reported by Billy Penn. According to the Billy Penn report, a reporter asked if Shapiro interpreted Trump’s statements to mean that the president thinks his supporters are being framed, but Shapiro responded by saying he is unsure what Trump was implying.
But plain old antisemitism is as American as a Big Mac and even cheesier.
And there’s no just that President Pussygrabber fanned the flames of intolerance during his campaign. And while he didn’t single out Jews as villains in his narrative, his political base harbored latent antisemitism as well as fear of Muslims, black people, and Hispanics.
Simply put, you can’t stir up rage against some traditional targets without it spilling over onto other groups.
Then the Trumpster backpedals. . .
From the London Daily Mirror:
President Trump backed off of suggestions that anti-Semitic threats and vandalism during his presidency were carried out as a false flag.
“While we may be a nation divided by politics, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms,” Trump said at the top of his address to Congress on Tuesday night.
The address was a change in tone from earlier Tuesday, when Trump said that the bomb threats and the destruction of gravestones in Jewish cemeteries may have been done in order to “to make others look bad.”
But there was a real new false flag anti-Semitic crime
And it involved an angry young man seeking revenge over a spurned love affair.
From the Associated Press:
A jilted ex-boyfriend is behind at least eight of the scores of threats made against Jewish Community Centers nationwide, plus a bomb threat to New York’s Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to harass and vilify his former girlfriend, federal officials said Friday.
Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in St. Louis and will appear in federal court in Missouri on Friday afternoon on a charge of cyberstalking, authorities said. There was no information on an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Federal officials have been investigating 122 bomb threats called in to nearly 100 Jewish Community College schools, child care and other similar facilities in three dozen states. The first wave of calls started Jan. 9. Thompson made threats in his name and in the woman’s name, and his first one was Jan. 28 to the Jewish History Museum in Manhattan, authorities said. Federal authorities say Thompson made up an email address to make it seem like the woman was sending threats in his name. He made threats this way to Jewish schools in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Manhattan and to a JCC in Manhattan, authorities said.
He also made threats in the woman’s name, authorities said. An email sent Feb. 21 to the Anti-Defamation League said the woman was behind threats made against “jews,” authorities said.
But it gets even more absurd. . .
It turns out the suspect was a journalist.
Still worse, he had been fired from a very prominent online publication for making up news stories.
Real fake news, in other words.
And the publication was one of the most famous websites in the world, one we’ve often quoted.
From the Intercept:
We were horrified to learn this morning that Juan Thompson, a former employee of The Intercept, has been arrested in connection with bomb threats against the ADL and multiple Jewish Community Centers in addition to cyberstalking. These actions are heinous and should be fully investigated and prosecuted. We have no information about the charges against Thompson other than what is included in the criminal complaint. Thompson worked for The Intercept from November 2014 to January 2016, when he was fired after we discovered that he had fabricated sources and quotes in his articles.
So we’ll give this one to Agent Orange, who was, astonishingly, at least half right for a change.