Who Are The Vandals?

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The recent vandalizing of Jewish cemeteries is a disturbing development. It is important to keep in mind that we do not know, as of yet, who committed these acts in Philadelphia and St. Louis. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were ordinary anti-semites, neo-Nazis, or as Mark Steyn once put it, three guys named Mo (Mohammed). Despite not knowing who the perpetrators are, many want to blame President Trump.

Those who blame Trump do have a point. Trump’s obsessive combativeness probably does unsettle many people, particularly those who are already excitable. He really needs to cool it. Most of Trump’s aggressiveness has been directed at two targets – federal judges and the media. Trump referred to the judge who stopped his travel ban as a “so-called judge.” But it is hardly unusual for presidents to attack the judiciary.  Andrew Jackson said about one of the Supreme Court’s decisions, [Supreme Court Chief Justice ] “John Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it!” FDR tried to add six justices of his own to the court, called “packing the court,” to insure decisions favorable to him. And President Obama criticized the Court for its decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case while many of the justices sat before him at the State of the Union address.

Criticizing the media is not new either. Trump barred from the daily news briefing the White House reporters from the New York Times and CNN, but President Obama tried the same tactic on Fox News. The other reporters threatened to boycott unless the Fox reporter was permitted to attend the briefings, and the administration gave in. If the White House reporters were willing to boycott to support Fox News, surely they would do the same to support the Times and CNN.  Trump’s ban is highly unlikely to continue.

Trump’s “travel ban” for ninety days on people from seven Middle Eastern countries has upset many and is responsible for the proliferation of lawn signs saying “Hate Has No Home Here.” It is unlikely that the people with such signs on their lawns are responsible for the desecration of Jewish graves, but other people sympathetic to the group targeted by the travel ban may be. We will just have to wait and see.

In any case, President Trump needs to control himself and rein in the tweets. His aggression may very well be inspiring others to attack their supposed enemies. The Jews are always a prime target.

 

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  • Jannis Rubinstein  On February 27, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    What I find disturbing is that Trump has not commented at all on either cemetery attack. Nor the unprovoked hate crime in Kansas where two Indian engineers were killed. Isn’t this as much of a concern as the ‘dudes’ who are crossing the border and need to be deported?

    • Ron  On February 28, 2017 at 9:00 am

      He did comment on the first cemetery attack. I don’t know about the one in Philadelphia. I don’t know if the murder in Kansas is as much of a concern as the travel ban. The travel ban is meant to protect us from terrorist attacks. I know that the attacks in America have thus far been carried out by Muslims living in America (except for 9/11), but I’d hate to be the first victim of an attack by a Syrian or Iraqi refugee. I did Google the Kansas attack on the Indian engineers; the story was covered. The New York Times did not put the story on the front page. I don’t know whether Trump should comment or not. Sometimes I think that the President ought not insinuate him or herself into every “hate crime” committed in the country. I think it might be better to keep some of these stories local. Obviously, presidents have to comment on some such events, but not all of them. It just heightens the often manufactured hysteria in the country. By the way, the suspect in the Kansas case looked like a lunatic, and he thought he was shooting Iranians, not Indians.

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