Why Are Prominent Trump Supporters Antisemitic?

A friend wrote to me this morning and put a topic of the day into stark relief.

As you may know, today, is the 4th anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre.  Unfortunately, people promoting antisemitism is very much in the news, i.e. Kayne West, Nick Fuentes and others, who all happen to also be Trumpites!

Well stated. To the point and direct. We should keep in mind that antisemitic acts were going down in the United States for almost 15 years, and then, in 2016, they started to move up.  The year that conservatives embraced Donald Trump. That is when data shows hate crimes of all sorts started to increase. To burrow down into the data even more counties that voted for Donald Trump by the widest margins in the presidential election also experienced the largest increases in reported hate crimes. Who can forget the vile attacks on Asian Americans in 2020 and the racist language coming from the Oval Office? The data is crisp and hard-to-miss. The FBI’s annual reports on hate crime statistics show that hate crimes increased from 6,121 incidents in 2016 to 7,314 in 2019, a 19.49 percent increase.

Today, President Joe Biden addressed this anniversary.

As we grieve this deadliest act of antisemitism in American history, we stand with the community of Squirrel Hill—and Jewish communities across America and around the world—in resolving to combat antisemitism and hate in all of its forms. This is especially true as we witness an ugly increase in antisemitism in America. That’s why I established the first Ambassador-level Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism and appointed the renowned Holocaust expert Deborah Lipstadt to the role. My Administration worked with Congress to secure the largest-ever increase in funding for the security of synagogues and other religious institutions. And, at last month’s United We Stand Summit, my Administration announced a series of actions and commitments to take on hate-fueled violence. 

Meanwhile, autocrat and fascist-in-waiting Donald Trump made for a verbal cuddle session with a most despicable antisemite, Kanye West.

Trump had high praise on Tuesday for rapper Kanye West even as the hip-hop star continued to face backlash over anti-Semitic remarks he made in a pair of TV interviews.

Not only did Trump refuse to condemn West’s comments, but he doubled down with effusive praise, thanking the rapper for his undying loyalty and support.

“He was really nice to me. Beyond anybody, he was,” the twice-impeached former president said in a new interview. “He was great to me.”

History will severely judge Trump and those who did his bidding.

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