On President’s Day, February 20th, neo-Nazis and white supremacists celebrated by calling in a fresh wave of bomb threats to at least ten Jewish community centers across the country, prompting evacuations and wasting police time in what has become a sadly all-too-familiar ritual.
Nearly 60 bomb threats were called into Jewish centers throughout the United States during the month of January. Thankfully, nobody has been hurt so far, but each threat is being responded to with the severity that the situation requires. The threats are part of a larger wave of national anti-Semitic violence. Synagogues have been smashed and swastikas spray-painted in public across the nation.
Republican President Trump was asked not once but twice last week whether or not he would condemn the rising wave of anti-Semitism. Both times he refused to do so; the second time, he shouted down an Orthodox Jewish reporter for daring to imply that Trump was prejudiced.
His refusal to condemn the anti-Semitism is a clear dog-whistle to neo-Nazis and white supremacists everywhere, sending a signal that this kind of behavior will be tolerated and ignored by the White House. It is absolutely horrifying that in the year 2017, Jewish people are still targeted and threatened in the United States – and that we have a President willing to turn a blind eye.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.