Saturday’s stabbing during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, N.Y., the latest in a spate of anti-Jewish violence in the region, drew bipartisan condemnation. But the attack also became a political football in a matter of hours, with several on the left jumping to point fingers at President Trump — in turn, inviting accusations that Democrats are distracting from anti-Semitism in their own ranks.
Anti-Semitism long has been prevalent on the fringes of both ends of the political spectrum. But Trump foes quickly seized on the New York area attacks to suggest the president specifically fanned the flames of hatred.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., pointedly blamed Trump for the rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S.
“Anti-Semitism is on the rise in America. And it’s being stoked by @realDonaldTrump who won’t condemn it and Trump’s lawyer, @RudyGiuliani , who just this week said he’s ‘more Jewish than Soros,'” Swalwell tweeted, including a reference to recent controversial remarks by Rudy Giuliani.