In the aftermath of a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue which left 11 dead and at least 6 injured, including four first responders, leftists in the media raced to score political points, blaming Jewish conservatives and Trump supporters for the actions of a virulent anti-Semite.
The shocking statements peppered social media, as leftists scrambled to score political points. The strangest missive came from GQ reporter Julia Ioffe, who wasted no time in suggesting that conservative Jews who cheered President Donald Trump's decision to move the American embassy in Israel to the capital city of Jerusalem were responsible for a sudden rise in anti-Semitism she clearly believes precipitated Saturday's attack.
Critics quickly piled on.
Did you just blame a man whose daughter is an Orthodox Jew--the same one you were fired for attacking--for murdering Jews? https://t.co/zfB6S02fYX— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 27, 2018
This is a disgraceful and cowardly statement https://t.co/9c63gOcGwW— Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak) October 27, 2018
The worst take of an already horrific day. This take is straight from the anti-Semite masquerading as anti-Zionist playbook—“The Jews of America must pay for Israel.” Horrific. Just stop. https://t.co/GrBPOWIfSY— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) October 27, 2018
What she's saying is that Jews brought this on themselves for being too pro-Jewish. https://t.co/2S59AkVi7z— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) October 27, 2018
Ioffe defended her statement for nearly 24 hours before finally deleting it in the early hours of Sunday morning. But instead of quietly apologizing to Trump's Jewish supporters, Ioffe penned an extended screed in The Washington Post laying out the case for her tweet, claiming Trump's "demagoguery" inspired Saturday's violence.
But she wasn't alone in blaming American Jews, whose policies she disagrees with, for supporting policies that "led" to Satuday's shooting. Leftists across social media may not have been as direct as Ioffe, but they were certainly thinking the same thing:
CNBC's John Harwood tore into Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for encouraging anti-Semitism among Republicans by using "racially coded language."
“Ryan called the attacks anti-Semitic, said the nation ’will not tolerate this bigotry.’ Yet Ryan’s own Super PAC has been accused of airing campaign ads that have targeted Democrats in racially coded language” https://t.co/TCPCWKu4Uh— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 28, 2018
Vox's Matthew Yglesias attacked Rep. Steve Scalise, who was grievously wounded in a politically motivated attack last year, calling Scalise a white supremacist.
David Duke without the baggage —> https://t.co/BH1cjMOiDy— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 27, 2018
A Louisiana reporter once claimed Scalise made that observation about himself, but Yglesias left out the rest of the story, instead selecting a politically advantageous moment to trot out a bizarre, ancient quote.
This is in bad taste and below you, Matt. https://t.co/2tj3VngLps— Christopher J. Hale (@chrisjollyhale) October 27, 2018
But the rhetoric must be toned down, the Left says. . . As they tweet out absurdities like this. https://t.co/RD6S87YhTS— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) October 27, 2018
What the actual F is wrong with you? https://t.co/jFObcr88E4— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) October 27, 2018
Perhaps the worst, though, was the Atlantic, which published its own piece blaming Jewish conservatives for Saturday's violence and suggesting Jews who support the president or any pro-Israel policies be "shunned" from their religious communities.
A Nazi murders Jews, & the Atlantic blames Jews. Ugly. | “enhancing the security of...Jewry shld involve shunning Trump’s Jewish enablers.... Their money shld be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They’ve placed their community in danger.” https://t.co/F5sbu6Q3dk— Mike (@Doranimated) October 28, 2018
"Any strategy for enhancing the security of American Jewry should involve shunning Trump’s Jewish enablers. Their money should be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They have placed their community in danger," the Atlantic proclaims.