Following the attack on a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, several Democratic leaders and members of the left-wing media were quick to blame President Donald Trump for the shooting.
It has been argued by CNN host Alisyn Camerota, who said, “You can draw a direct line from all of the vitriol and hate rhetoric about the caravan that’s some 2,000 miles away from our border and the gunman in Pittsburgh, who referenced that, and somehow turned it into an attack on Jews.” And it has been argued by the The Washington Post, which suggested the link is through the Charlottesville protests.
However, Bernie Sanders, one of the Senate’s only Jews and a loud critic of President Trump’s, has publicly stated that he does not blame the president for the attack.
“I’m not going to sit here and blame the president,” Sanders said on Monday, the Washington Examiner reports.
Sanders of course understands that it is not fair to blame the president for an isolated act of terror. Sanders was in a similar position in 2016 when one of his supporters, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson attacked members of the GOP as they prepared for their annual baseball game against the Democrats, nearly killing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Even though the shooter was a supporter of Sanders, the senator was in no way responsible for the attack. Just the same, President Trump is not responsible for this one.
But there are even more differences between the Sanders case and this one. For one, the shooter in the synagogue attack was not found to be a supporter of President Trump. In fact, he was registered as an Independent, and his Twitter shows that he disagreed with President Trump’s policies toward Israel. President Trump’s daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism, and one of his main advisers, Jared Kushner, was born Jewish. It is hard to even suggest that President Trump has the slightest bit of anti-Semitism inside him.