President Trump’s hateful rhetoric has boosted right-wing conspiracies that cause real violence, argues Sasha Abramsky of The Nation. The shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh is a product of the climate of bigotry and fear that has been created. Robert Bowers, the killer, was fueled by the kind of Islamophobic anti-Latino and anti-refugee hate that Trump has spread. The president blaming George Soros for the migrant caravan heading to the US supports anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. American nationalism, of the kind Trump embodies, is dangerous for all minorities who can be targeted as "the other," from Muslims to Latinos to Jews.
The left blaming Donald Trump for the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh is a further example of the group's irrationality, believes David Harsanyi of The Federalist. A strong ally of Israel, the president has shown that he supports the safety and right to self-determination of Jews. He acknowledged how important Jerusalem is to Jews when recognizing it as Israel’s undisputed capital. Liberals calling out his valid criticism of George Soros as anti-Semitic is erroneous. This story is one of many that the left is using to undermine Trump for political gain. They often fail to look at extremism on their side and will exploit any tragedy to smear the president.