Trump reportedly suggested during the meeting that the recent wave of bomb threats and cemetery vandalism may be instead what conspiracy theorist call "false flags" carried out by Democrats and or liberals with the intention to make “others look bad.”
This troubling news comes from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, one of the attorney generals to meet with Trump in Washington, who told reporters that Trump expressed some doubt about who the perpetrators might be wondering if it came from "the reverse"...
“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 or three times in his comments … I really don’t know what he means or why he said that. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”
This is not the first time Trump has suggested that political opponents who wanted to make him look bad were behind a recent rise in anti-Semitism.
Trump said at the Feb. 16 news conference, in response to a question about the rise of anti-Semitic violence around the country, floated the idea that the incidents were the work of “our opponents”...
“Some of the signs you’ll see are not put up by the people that love or live Donald Trump. They’re put up by the other side, and you think it’s like playing it straight? No. Some of those signs and some of that anger is caused by the other side. They’ll do signs, and they’ll do drawings that are inappropriate. It won’t be my people. It will be the people on the other side to anger people like you.”
Trump‘s accusations come on the heels of longtime adviser and former pick for the White House’s director of the Office of Public Engagement Anthony Scaramucci's suggestion on Tuesday that the perpetrators behind a series of anti-Jewish bombing threats may not be who people think they are. Scaramucci tweeted his doubts along with a link to a story from Breitbart alleging that Democrats “used trained provocateurs to instigate violence” at Donald Trump rallies to justify his claim...
Like Trump and Scaramucci white nationalists and neo-Nazis have also claimed that people other than anti-Semites may be behind the anti-Semitic incidents.
Andrew Anglin, David Duke, Richard Spencer and Mike Cernovich have all shared Trump’s theory about political opponents being involved in carrying out or perhaps funding "false flag" threats.
The Democratic National Committee said in a statement on Tuesday said that insinuating that threats to Jewish community centers are illegitimate was “truly beyond the pale", "absurd" and “just about ... obscene”.
The Anti-Defamation League's CEO Jonathan Greenblatt declared in a statement that they were “astonished by what the President reportedly said,”
According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the level of anti-Semitism in public and political discourse is the worst it’s been since the 1930's.