Politics & Policy

‘Trump Fuels Anti-Semitism’ Narrative Collapses

(Reuters photo: Joshua Roberts)
So does the ‘Trump is Putin’s puppet’ story and other left-wing fantasies.

Michael Ron David Kadar is a Jewish, American-Israeli dual citizen. Federal prosecutors charged him on Friday with threatening violence against 245 Jewish community centers, Hebrew schools, offices of the Anti-Defamation League, and other Judaic targets.

Kenneth E. Blanco, of the U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said that Kadar used voice-alteration technology, phony Internet-provider addresses, Bitcoin virtual currency, caller-ID spoofing, and other “extraordinary steps to conceal his identity and location.” However, as the Washington Post reported, here is how the 18-year-old labeled a computer file detailing his nefarious activities: “Bomb threats to Jewish Institutions.”

Such sloppiness is just the beginning of why charges against Kadar did not go the way that Trump haters might have hoped. Since Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States, his detractors have tried relentlessly to blame Trump and his supporters for a supposedly organic spike in anti-Semitic phone calls, bomb threats, and similar ugliness.

“The anti-Semitism coming out of this administration is the worst we have ever seen from any administration,” Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, complained in February. The Arizona Republic’s Steve Montini piled on: “Trump is ultimately to blame for the rash of bomb threats at Jewish community centers and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries.”

But the facts refuse to cooperate with the Left’s desperate desire to equate Trump’s fans with the Nazis and Trump himself with der Führer. In fact, Refuse Fascism activist Sunsara Taylor told Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson on February 22 that Trump is “more dangerous than Hitler ever could have been.” She concluded this on Day 34 of Trump’s term. That seems rather early to have reached this conclusion, even assuming the very worst of America’s 45th president.

And, of course, Trumpophobes conveniently forget that the supposedly Jew-hating Trump hosted a kosher wedding for his Jewish-convert daughter Ivanka and orthodox-Jewish son-in-law, Jared – one of his top advisers – and repeatedly denounced these anti-Semitic episodes, which only enflamed his foes even further.

Here then, are the raving Trumpites and rabid white supremacists so far accused of perpetrating this greatest tsunami of anti-Semitism since 1945:

First, the aforementioned American-Israeli Jew. Kadar’s alleged crimes are chilling. According to a federal criminal complaint, he phoned ADL offices throughout Florida and told them that explosions or mass shootings were about to occur. Prosecutors also say that he called the Maimonides Hebrew Day School in Fort Meyers, Fla. He informed them that a “C-4 bomb” soon would slaughter the campus’ Jewish students and “blow their heads off.”

“This kind of behavior is not a prank, and it isn’t harmless,” FBI Director James Comey said. “It’s a federal crime. It scares innocent people, disrupts entire communities, and expends limited law enforcement resources.”

Second, Andrew King, 54, a Jewish man in Schenectady, N.Y., claimed that someone defaced his home with three swastikas on February 10. That was Day 21 of the Trump administration. So, who do the authorities say spray painted those swastikas? None other than Andrew King! Police jailed him on March 21 for “falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.”

Oddly missing from these ugly stories: actual Trump supporters.

Third, Juan M. Thompson, 31, a far-left-wing black man, was arrested in St. Louis. Police say that the Trump-hating apparent Muslim issued multiple anti-Semitic threats in a convoluted plot to plunge his jilted ex-girlfriend into hot water.

Oddly missing from these ugly stories: actual Trump supporters.

Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people – or to make others – look bad,” President Trump said February 28, to jeers of derision. Now he looks thoroughly vindicated. And, thus, another intricate Left-wing conspiracy goes pfffffffffffffffffft.

For those keeping score:

Trump: 1. “Trump Fuels anti-Semitism” Narrative: 0.

Trump: 1. “Putin is Trump’s Puppeteer” Narrative: 0.

Trump: 1. “Team Obama Never Spied on Team Trump” Narrative: 0.

As Day 100 of the Trump era rapidly approaches, the Left is left holding a plastic shopping bag full of nothing.

— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.

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