Just one day after Cesar Sayoc, the suspect in the mail bombings, was arrested by federal authorities, a man walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 people. It is believed to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in the nation’s history.
While many on both the left and the right have expressed their condolences and outrage, others have decided to use the shooting as a cynical political attack against the Trump administration. Yes, I know, you’re completely shocked that anyone on the left would try to weaponize a hate crime to score cheap political points.
When the far left attempts to use attacks such as these against conservatives, it is important that we know how to debunk their lies because if they can convince the rest of the American public that conservatives are anti-Semitic, it will be that much harder to convert more people to our cause.
This post will help you counter the most prevalent lies the left is perpetuating in the news and on social media. So next time you see that leftist on Twitter pretending that this massacre was somehow Trump’s fault, you’ll be able to quickly expose the deception.
When Conservatives Say “Globalists,” They Really Mean “Jews”
One of the most prevalent arguments I’ve been seeing online is the myth that the term “globalist” is somehow a covert way to refer to Jews. In a piece written for The Washington Post, faux conservative Max Boot wrote:
“When Trump talks about ‘globalists,’ the far right hears ‘Jews.’ When Trump says there were ‘fine people’ on both sides in Charlottesville, the far right hears official approval. There is so much anti-Semitic filth online now. I see it every day on Twitter and in my email inbox. Normally I tune it out. Just background noise. But others are listening.”
Boot isn’t the only one to pretend that the term “globalist” means “Jew.” Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office for Government Ethics tweeted:
This week Trump smeared “globalists,” code for Jews in the Breitbart and Daily Caller world of nazis and white supremacists. Last year he said “fine people” rioted with nazis in Charlottesville. Murderous bigotry isn’t new, but there’s no disputing Trump’s role in emboldening it.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) October 27, 2018
Alleged comedian Sarah Silverman also chimed in:
Dogwhistle reminder that these words used by o
ur openly Nationalist President are winks to the alt right:
Soros = The Jews
Nationalist =white Nationalist
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 27, 2018
So here’s the reality. Being a globalist has nothing to do with being Jewish — and the left knows it. When people refer to being a globalist, they are referring to individuals that want the United States to be more beholden to the international community.
They want us to be more involved with international organizations like the United Nations and the European Union — often at the expense of the U.S. Many of these individuals wish for a one-world government, without borders. Of course, there are Jews who could be classified as globalists, but the term can easily be applied to non-Jews as well. In fact, much of the criticism regarding globalism is aimed at people who are not Jewish.
President George W. Bush is often labeled as a globalist. He ain’t Jewish. The same applies to President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, neither of whom attend the synagogue on the weekends. Barack Obama? Not a Jew. But certainly a globalist.
If the term was intended to apply to Jews, why is it that the only Jew to whom this label applied is George Soros?
Of course, there may be white supremacists who use the term to refer to the Jewish people, but contrary to what the left-wing media wants you to believe, the majority of conservatives are neither white supremacists or anti-semitic.
President Trump Was Wrong About Armed Guards At Synagogues
After the shooting, reporters asked President Trump about gun control because of course they did. In response, he said, “This is a case where if they had an armed guard inside they may have been able to stop him immediately, maybe there would have been nobody killed, except for him maybe.”
As you might imagine, this caused much outrage from the left — especially on social media. The ironically-named Robert Reich, a professor at UC Berkeley, tweeted:
The Second Amendment was never intended for someone who believes “all Jews must die” to walk into a synagogue with an AR-15, shoot up a crowd of men, women, and children within minutes, and then open fire on police.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 27, 2018
Lawrence O’ Donnell, a progressive activist disguised as a journalist, also pushed the gun control argument:
Trump & Republican Congress have done everything they possibly can to make sure that today’s mass murderer of Jews was the best equipped mass murderer he could be.
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) October 27, 2018
So, is the president wrong? Would armed guards have failed to protect the people at the synagogue? Apparently, other Jewish religious institutions disagree. In a piece written for The Forward, Rabbi Philip Graubart, the director of the Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies at the San Diego Jewish Academy, wrote about the security measures that many synagogues have implemented to protect their congregations. He wrote:
“At one recent visit, I waited twenty minutes a block away from the synagogue while the armed security guard checked my credentials (good thing I was running early). At another, an armed guard searched my trunk, then pointed me to a lobby where four additional guards checked my ID. At a third, after getting past the parking lot – with searches and an ID check – a guard escorted me directly to the rabbi’s office. This particular synagogue is surrounding by fencing which, fortress-like, blocks off any view of what’s going on inside.”
This is not the only example of synagogues using armed guards to protect their people. Indeed, this is something that is happening all across the country — especially after 9/11. There is a good reason for this. Last year, the Anti-Defamation League released a report indicating that anti-Semitic hate crimes have increased by almost 60%. In light of that data, it doesn’t seem irrational to suggest that having armed security might be a good idea, does it?
Trump Thinks Anti-Semites Are “Very Fine People”
The “very fine people” argument is one of the primary lies the left tells to convince people that Trump supports white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. It’s no surprise that the left has trotted out this trope in the aftermath of a shooting at a Jewish synagogue. Both Max Boot and Walter Schaub used this argument in their previous tweets. But he’s not the only one. Writer Judd Legum tweeted:
In Charlottesville, the marchers chanted “Jews will not replace us”
Trump called them “very fine people” https://t.co/JUWkZyWsB0
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 27, 2018
Now, I’m not going to pretend that President Trump handled the violence in Charlottesville in an appropriate matter. I took issue with some of the things he said — but by no means did he claim that the Nazis present at the event were “very fine people.”
As usual, left-wing media outlets deliberately took his words out of context — even when he clarified them later. When Trump used the words “very fine people on both sides,” he was referring to those who are peacefully debating whether or not we should remove Confederate statues. It’s a point many conservatives — and some leftists have made.
But the progressive left used their platforms to make it seem as if Trump thought white supremacists were great people who just want to preserve history. Unfortunately, neither the president, nor the GOP did an effective job at debunking the lie.
Here’s the thing. President Trump is clearly not an anti-Semite. His daughter and her husband are both Jews — and his son-in-law is one of his top advisers. Moreover, he was the only president who was willing to move the American embassy to Jerusalem against the wishes of the left. But I do not believe that the left is going to focus primarily on this argument — it isn’t a winning strategy.
Instead, they will try to use this shooting to push for more gun control. For this reason, conservatives should make sure they repudiate the most common lies about gun ownership in America and expose the myths that the left perpetuates about mass shootings. So go forth, and get to the debunking!