Surge of Jewish Center Bomb Threats Reminds Us 'Never Again' Has Never Mattered More

Anti-Semitic threats are on the rise according to the AMCHA Initiative, a site dedicated to protecting Jewish students in America. Their statistics show a jump from 469 incidents in 2015 to 613 in 2016 and 30 already reported this year.

The Anti-Defamation League released a report showing a 50 percent increase in violent anti-Semitic assaults since 2014. This past month, a rash of bomb threats plagued Jewish centers around the country --- 57 threats in 26 states to be exact.

Some have been quick to point the finger at Donald Trump for this uptick in violent rhetoric and threats. Lauren Levey wrote this for The Huffington Post:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that of the 1,402 victims of anti-religious hate crimes reported in the United States in 2015, 52.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by anti-Jewish bias. Based on the dramatic spike in hate crimes following the recent presidential election, there is reason to suspect the 2016 figures will be even higher.

But others on the left recognize the problem runs deep on both side of the aisle. Emily Shire from Bustle wrote:

The deeply disturbing and frustrating reality is that there is a problem with anti-Semitism on the left as well as the right. It often seems to get less attention and, frankly, criticism.

Much to the amazement of many conservatives, America somehow managed to survive the Obama administration. Now, the left is petrified a Trump administration will burn the republic to the ground and fundamentally transform America just as radically as Barack Obama did for their side.

Throughout the Obama years, many tossed around the idea he was a dictator in waiting and some even compared him to Hitler. Mike Huckabee once said quite harshly, "[Obama] will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

Thanks to a president who is self-admittedly "loose" with his language, many on the left pounce on Trump's poorly worded ramblings and reassemble them to fit their paradigm of "Trump is Hitler."

In resisting "Trumpism," the left has awoken from their dismissive slumber over the past eight years and the change is quite refreshing. A social media campaign featuring New Yorkers removing anti-Semitic graffiti on the subways has gone viral, showing people come together in a powerful way.

Shire explained why this coming together had nothing to do with "resisting Trump":

The subway incident this weekend in New York included a specifically anti-Israel message among the Swastikas, "Destroy Israel." I bring that up not to claim that the horrible anti-Semitic graffiti came from someone on the far left. There is absolutely zero evidence that it did --- but there's also zero evidence that it came from a far-right Trump supporter.

The fact that we simply do not know the motivation behind the person or people who defaced the New York subway with such revolting graffiti may be the best reason not to consider it --- or the response --- to be a partisan issue.

It turns out while he was a poor friend to Israel and stabbed them in the back every chance he could, Obama was not Hitler despite the admonitions of many on the right. While there is still a long way to go and a lot to be nervous about with Trump, he is not Hitler and probably won't be either.

What's dangerous about throwing these accusations around so carelessly is that while chances are slim a Hitler would end up in the White House, real anti-Semitism is running rampant around the world. It is becoming more and more prevalent, even here in America.

Swastikas are being left with political messages and anti-Semitic leaflets are spreading across college campuses, and what do we do? We try to tie it to the other party, the other side --- because our side could never be so vile. If a swastika shows up with Trump scrawled alongside it, it must have been a liberal trying to frame "our guy" and make him look bad.

The left, on the other hand, thinks, "See? Those conservatives really are evil --- let's get 'em."

In most cases, the truth is something entirely different. Option C just might be an anarchist --- not a D or an R --- following the same path of destruction that led to Hitler and the Holocaust.

The evil that possesses someone's heart to threaten or commit acts of violence is not a political ideology, it doesn't belong to a party and it doesn't wear a team jersey. It can infiltrate either side, wrap itself in a flag and further divide an already divided house.

"Never Again" has more to do with our own hearts than who is in office. It's time to stop looking for the next Hitler and time to eliminate hate.

TRUMP: The twilight hour of socialism has arrived

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The other day, at Florida International University in Miami, facing large American and Venezuelan flags, President Trump gave a rousing speech in Miami, including this line, the "twilight hour of socialism has arrived."

Trump went on to say:

Socialism is about one thing only—power for the ruling class. They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who's up and who's down…and even who lives and who dies.

He then repeated a phrase that helped define his State of the Union address this year:

America will never be a socialist country.

Fittingly, Fox News posted an article yesterday exposing the overlooked evils of Che dangers of socialism that all too often disappear behind a flashy design on a t-shirt.

  1. Guevara said he killed people without regard to guilt or innocence. In an interview, Guevara said, "in times of excessive tension we cannot proceed weakly. At the Sierra Maestra, we executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation; it has the obligation to triumph."
  2. Humberto Fontova, author of "Exposing the Real Che Guevara," told Fox that Guevara created system that put gay people in labor camps. "The regime that Che Guevara co-founded is the only one in modern history in the Western Hemisphere to have herded gays into forced labor camps."
  3. Guevara opposed a free press: "In 1959, leftist journalist José Pardo Llada reported that Guevara told him: 'We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with free press. Newspapers are instruments of the oligarchy.'"
  4. Guevara made racist statements: Guevara went on to write: "the black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving."

These are just some of the many historical examples of the failure of socialism. President Trump is right. If the frivolities of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Saunders catch on and spread, we could have an unbelievable problem on our hands.

Poor Jussie: His narrative is falling apart completely

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Here's how the media works now: Find a story that confirms their narrative, run it constantly and relentlessly. When the real story comes out, minimize exposure of the correction. Repeat.

We're seeing this pattern play out over and over again.

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And those are just the reactions on TV. It was just as bad, at times worse, in print and online. I'll give you one special example, however. Because, you know the situation is bad when TMZ is connecting the dots and seeing through this guy's story:

The sources say there were red flags from the get go. Cops were extremely suspicious when Jussie took them out to the area where he said he was attacked and pointed to an obscure camera saying how happy he was that the attack was on video. Turns out the camera was pointing in the wrong direction. Cops thought it was weird he knew the location of that camera. And there's this. We're told investigators didn't believe the 2 alleged attackers screamed 'This is MAGA country' because 'Not a single Trump supporter watches 'Empire.''

Here's the man himself, in an interview just days after the alleged beating…I'm sorry, the alleged "modern day lynching." Here he is in an interview with ABC News, complaining about people making up stuff:



Strong words, spoken by a man who, allegedly, created the whole narrative to begin with.

This compromise is an abomination

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Three decades ago, "The Art of the Deal" made Donald Trump a household name. A lot has happened since then. But you can trace many of Trump's actions back to that book.

Art of the Deal:

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.

People laughed when he announced that he was running for President. And I mean that literally. Remember the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner when Obama roasted Trump, viciously, mocking the very idea that Trump could ever be President. Now, he's President.

You can't con people, at least not for long. You can create excitement, you can do wonderful promotion and get all kinds of press, and you can throw in a little hyperbole. But if you don't deliver the goods, people will eventually catch on.

This empire-building is a mark of Trump.

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The most recent example is the border wall. Yesterday, congress reached a compromise on funding for the border wall. Weeks of tense back-and-forth built up to that moment. At times, it seemed like neither side would budge. Trump stuck to his guns, the government shut down, Trump refused to budge, then, miraculously, the lights came back on again. The result was a compromise. Or at least that's how it appeared.

But really, Trump got what he wanted -- exactly what he wanted. He used the techniques he wrote about in The Art of the Deal:

My style of deal-making is quite simple and straightforward. I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.

From the start, he demanded $5.7 billion for construction of a border wall. It was a months' long tug-of-war that eventually resulted in yesterday's legislation, which would dedicate $1.4 billion. It would appear that that was what he was after all along. Moments before the vote, he did some last-minute pushing. A national emergency declaration, and suddenly the number is $8 billion.

Art of the Deal:

People think I'm a gambler. I've never gambled in my life. To me, a gambler is someone who plays slot machines. I prefer to own slot machines. It's a very good business being the house.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, Senate passed the legislation 83-16, and the House followed with 300-128. Today, Trump will sign the bill.

It's not even fair to call that a deal, really. A deal is what happens when you go to a car dealership, fully ready to buy a car, and the salesman says the right things. What Trump did is more like a car dealer selling an entire row of cars to someone who doesn't even have a licence. When Trump started, Democrats wouldn't even consider a wall, let alone pay for it.

Art of the Deal:

The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people's fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That's why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It's an innocent form of exaggeration—and a very effective form of promotion.

He started the wall on a chant, "Build the wall!" until he got what he wanted. He maneuvered like Don Draper, selling people something that they didn't even know they wanted, and convincing them that it is exactly what they've always needed.