Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Acts of Hatred Aren't Surprising in a Mean Climate

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Acts of Hatred Aren't Surprising in a Mean Climate

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As a Jewish American, I am frightened by the recent increase in anti-Semitism in the United States. Yet, I admit that I am not surprised. Donald Trump has created a climate that endorses this type of heinous behavior.

He based his campaign on meanness - "Lying Ted", "Little Marco," "Crooked Hillary" - and he continues during his presidency to belittle people with "so-called judge" or "dishonest media" labels. Mr. Trump diminishes all those individuals who do not buy into his "I know better than anyone else, believe me, and I won the most electoral votes since Reagan" alternative reality.

I am worried for people of all faiths, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders and ethnicity who do not fit the Trump mold of what is acceptable. I am worried for the immigrants who face deportation, the artists who face less government funding, the decent people - Democrats and Republicans - who work hard, pay their taxes (unlike Mr. …

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