In a statement released through Twitter on Sunday, President Donald Trump was uncompromising in his condemnation of the machete attack that turned a Hanukkah party in New York into an occasion for bloodshed.
“The anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York, on the 7th night of Hanukkah last night is horrific,” wrote Trump. “We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery.”
The man charged with the attack is a 38-year-old black man named Grafton Thomas, an apparent Harlem resident that, if we had to guess, is probably not a MAGA supporter. But since taking the race and motivations of the actual (attempted) murderer into account in this instance would not fit the left’s narrative, pundits and politicians have been all too willing to ignore the facts and instead use this as another occasion to blame Trump.
“So sad but predictable,” tweeted Rep. Steve Cohen (D-NY) “[Trump’s] conduct has made unacceptable conduct acceptable. It will take decades to cure.”
Washington Post writer Mairav Zonszein not only blamed President Trump for the violence, she was aghast at being criticized by his supporters for doing so.
“I’m being personally attacked and insulted in what appears to be a coordinated fashion – for holding a president who has empowered white nationalists and normalized antisemitism. I feel threatened and scared as a Jew for the first time in my life,” she wrote. “Just to be clear, I hold the Trump White House directly responsible for the increasing violent attacks on Orthodox Jewish people in America. It should be clear now that exceptionalizing Jews — whether in a negative or positive light — endangers us and keeps us forever at risk.”
Rep. Eric “Nuke the Gun Owners” Swalwell (D-CA) also blamed Trump.
“Anti-Semitism is on the rise in America,” he tweeted. “And it’s being stoked by @realDonaldTrump who won’t condemn it and Trump’s lawyer, @RudyGiuliani, who just this week said he’s ‘more Jewish than Soros.’”
None of these leftists bothered to mention Ilhan Omar and/or Rashida Tlaib, both of whom are much more likely to be influences on this particular attacker than President Donald Trump (or, God help us, Rudy friggin’ Giuliani).
More likely than not, though, Grafton Thomas did not need any politician to motivate him to carry out this attack. There is a virulent strain of anti-Semitism in New York City these days, and none of it has anything to do with Trump or white supremacism. Until the left gets bold enough to look this evil in the eyes, nothing will be done to stop it.