Poway Synagogue Shooting

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On the last day of Passover, a 19 year-old filled with hate entered the Chabad of Poway synagogue, north of San Diego, and opened fire. The Poway attack came six months to the day after the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blamed Donald Trump for the shooting. Referring to the president’s remarks at the NRA last week, Scarborough said, “The blood that is spilled is on your hands. You are just inciting violence.”

Rep. Eric Swalwell also lashed out at Trump, and Baltimore Sun columnist David Zurawik laid the blame for Saturday’s attack at Trump’s feet, saying, “Look, we’ve always been a violent society. . . but this era we’re in with Donald Trump, it’s like the Gates of Hell have been opened.”

I am sick and tired of left-wing pundits trying to blame the most pro-Israel president, who has repeatedly condemned anti-Semitism and who has Jewish members in his immediate family, for these disgusting attacks.

There is a stronger case to be made for blaming growing anti-Semitism on the left, and the condemnations of Zionism that routinely occur on our college campuses.

Incredibly, the New York Times ran a despicable anti-Semitic cartoon just days ago that was reminiscent of something from 1930s Germany. Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League denounced the cartoon as “anti-Semitic propaganda of the most vile sort.”

The Poway synagogue shooter was an obvious racist and anti-Semite. He posted a 4,000-word manifesto in which he also denounced conservatives and Donald Trump precisely because Trump is so pro-Israel.

He claimed to be an admirer of the New Zealand mosque gunman, Adolf Hitler and Jesus Christ, which in my view is a marker of his insanity. No Christian could admire what happened in Christchurch, New Zealand. Hitler is a good stand-in for the anti-Christ, and Jesus was a Jew!

—Gary Bauer
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