The day after the Pittsburgh massacre, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, was asked whether President Trump’s rhetoric motivated such attacks. Dermer instead proceeded to conflate the attack with the BDS movements on college campuses.
Trump and Netanyahu have demonstrated in Pittsburgh that their worldview is a good deal closer to that of Robert Bowers than it is to that of most U.S. Jews or, indeed, most Americans.
On Saturday, Robert Bowers, a right-wing gunman strode into a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh and began shooting. When he was finished, he’d murdered 11 people. Donald Trump led the quick march to bizarrely defend one of the most prominent U.S. cult symbols, the gun, by blaming the synagogue itself for not having an armed