American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten believes President Trump is the reason anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise in the U.S.
“Anti-Defamation League data: anti-Semitic incidents grew 30% in the US in 2016 -surging in Nov/Dec & jumping 90 % in Jan-Mar2017-#trumpeffect,” Weingarten tweeted on Monday.
The report Weingarten is referring to was released on Monday by the Anti-Defamation League, which noted a rise in anti-Semitism since the election.
“In its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, ADL reports that there has been a massive increase in the amount of harassment of American Jews, particularly since November, and a doubling in the amount of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism at non-denominational K-12 grade schools,” the report states.
It also added, “The 2016 presidential election and the heightened political atmosphere played a role in the increase. There were 34 incidents linked to the election. For example, in Denver, graffiti posted in May 2016 said ‘Kill the Jews, Vote Trump.’ In November, a St. Petersburg, Fla., man was accosted by someone who told him ‘Trump is going to finish what Hitler started.'”
Nowhere in the release does the ADL reference Trump as the reason for the findings. However, in early April, the organization said an “online campaign of anti-Semitism has been directed at Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, over the past week.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Weingarten is a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s and has consistently expressed negative feelings towards Trump. Weingarten has also blamed Trump for a rise in bullying at schools, which was based on a report who’s author said was not scientific.
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