There have been many recent bomb threats against multiple Jewish community centers in America. Various centers in the U.S. and one in Canada said they received phone messages with bomb threats. A Jewish cemetery in St. Louis was vandalized with over 100 headstones kicked down.
Nobody has been hurt and there has been no bombs, the calls are thought to be hoaxes, but the FBI is now investigating. Multiple media organizations has linked it with President Trump’s election — saying there was a general spike in hate crimes — and has pressed Trump to condemn and take a stand against those threats.
This morning President Trump, while visiting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, said the threats were horrible, painful, and that there is still work to do to root out hate, prejudice, and evil. He said he hopes “they” catch the people.
He was asked to condemn the threats and hate speech last week at the White House, and he said it was an insulting question to be asked of him — saying he was the least anti-Semitic person that he’s ever seen in his entire life.
Now President Trump has made his stance clear.
But the director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, a social justice organization, said the President’s remarks is a band-aid on the cancer of anti-Semitism that has infected his administration. He said the President needs to respond to anti-Semitism quicker and without pleas or pressure from others.