Trump suggests Jews committing own hate crimes, while adviser blames it on Dems

In an anti-Semitic double-whammy, Donald Trump and a top adviser today both appeared to downplay the significance of anti-Semitic hate crimes by blaming the crimes on Jews and Democrats.

First, Trump blamed the hate crimes on Jews.

Then adviser Anthony Scaramucci tweeted that perhaps Democrats were behind the crimes.

More from Buzzfeed:

Asked about the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks and threats across the nation, President Trump on Tuesday told a group of state attorneys general that “sometimes it’s the reverse,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said of Trump’s comments in his and other officials’ meeting with the president.

“He just said, ‘Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people — or to make others — look bad,’ and he used the word ‘reverse’ I would say two to three times in his comments,” Shapiro said. “He did correctly say at the top that it was reprehensible.”

Trump was suggesting that the desecration of multiple Jewish cemeteries and dozens of bomb threats against Jewish entities might be fake crimes committed by Jews in order to garner sympathy.

At the same time, top Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci suggested today that the anti-Semitic hate crimes might have been committed by Democrats. Trump has announced his intention to nominate Scaramucci as Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, but the appointment has been slowed down by investigations of Scaramucci’s finances.

Something is very wrong in the Trump White House. There have been repeated slights against Jews since Trump took office — and every during the campaign, when Trump’s closing ad made reference to international bankers, a common dog-whistle used by anti-Semites to refer to Jews. Trump also erased Jews and anti-Semitism from a Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, and chastised a Jewish reporter for asking what Trump could do to respond to the growing anti-Semitic attacks.

And now Trump and a top adviser try to minimizes anti-Semitic hate crimes by blaming Jews and Democrats of basically faking the civil rights violations.

Keep in mind that Trump appointed Steve Bannon, who used to run the far-right Web site Breitbart, as his top White House political adviser. Bannon bragged last summer that Breitbart was “the platform for the Alt Right.” The Alt Right is a group of racist, anti-Semitic hipsters who have seen a growth in their popularity coinciding with the rise of Trump. It’s a fair question to ask who is putting these ideas into Trump’s head.

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  • junktex
  • Noel Weymouth

    It’s rough, isn’t it? Makes you want to just do a big meltdown every day.

  • Noel Weymouth

    The sinister Russians are covering for them.

  • woodroad34

    “He just said, ‘Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people — or to make others — look bad,’ — is he talking about himself?

    But a pattern emerges:

    “…but the appointment has been slowed down by investigations of Scaramucci’s finances”

    Wilbur Ross and his connection with Trump’s finances via Deutsche Bank and Bank of Cyprus: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/01/rachel-maddow-connects-the-dot.html

    Navy secretary nominee Philip Bilden withdraws due to his business interests creating complications: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/26/politics/navy-secretary-nominee-bilden-withdraws/index.html

    Trump’s business contacts with Russian Oligarchs and Putin being investigated

    There’s such a pattern here of deception, mis-direction (very Russian), and high-end thievery. Follow the money; if it worked for Capone, it’ll work for this modern hood. The movie ‘Network’ was prescient. We’re being run by corporations.

  • Badgerite

    How presidential. Jesus, he and his pompous family can’t take responsibility for anything.
    I can’t even look at the douche. He makes me want to barf.

  • I’ve heard of a “false flag”operation, but never a “false concentration camp uniform” operation.

  • Demosthenes

    The Malaka is teflon to GOP voters. They don’t care what he says or does. They approve of him anyway.

  • Demosthenes

    In related news, Trump blames Obama for his recurring case of Halitosis for refusing to floss.

  • Zorba

    And the really sad thing is that his blind supporters will believe this, just because Trump said so.
    I do think that he could shoot someone in broad daylight, and these idiots would excuse it. 😔

  • brel1

    Just when you think trump can’t get anymore despicable. But why haven’t any of the offenders been caught?

  • goulo

    Wow, that’s pretty nasty audacity on Trump’s part. Sheesh.

  • I don’t think there’s any doubt who’s putting these things in Trump’s head: if you want to know what’s feeding the anti-Semitism, look to the Nazi in charge — Bannon.

  • Mr JCS

    I’ve been feeling that way since, oh, about 1st grade.

  • Quilla

    I wake up every day hating that these clowns are in charge of my country.

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