Today, President Trump appeared to suggest that the wave of bomb threats against the Jewish community are coming from within the community. Nearly a hundred bomb threats called to Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish grave sites have been reported.
Jewish centers in at least nine states faced threats which caused closures and evacuations, but there were no actual attacks. Areas hit include three New York centers — in Staten Island, Tarrytown and New Rochelle. Bomb threats included centers in Cherry Hill, N.J.; Providence, R.I.; Asheville, N.C.; Mobile, Ala.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Talleyville, Del.; and Indianapolis, Ind.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who along with other attorney generals met with the president at the White House, relayed Trump’s comments about the bomb threats to Buzzfeed News.
He explained that President Trump seemed to indicate he felt some of the threats were an inside job, or part of a potential effort “to make others look bad.”
“He just said, ‘sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people, or to make others, look bad … it didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me,” Shapiro said of Trump’s remarks.
Trump’s senior advisor Anthony Scarmucci took to Twitter today to say Democrats are to blame, since they “incite violence at rallies.”
Critics wonder if Trump’s words and quietude signal to the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and domestic terrorists that their behavior is acceptable.