Following a slew of threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged President Trump to speak out.
Clinton tweeted on Tuesday,
“JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS”
JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 21, 2017
Over the weekend, vandals reportedly desecrated 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. Jewish Community Centers across the country, including in Houston, Tampa, and Chicago, have received bomb threats that were later determined to be hoaxes.
In a statement on Monday, the White House said that, “hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom.” However, many have been critical of the comment because it does not specifically reference the Jewish community.
Clinton is not the only high profile figure taking to Twitter to voice their concerns about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks. On Monday, the President’s own daughter Ivanka Trump also tweeted about religious tolerance, although it was not well received by users.
“America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC.”
America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 20, 2017
Many Twitter users posed the same question to Ivanka in some form or another — would she pass on this same message of religious tolerance to her father? Her post was seen as being ironic, considering that Steve Bannon has been accused of anti-Semitisim.
Others shed light on the post’s irony as Ivanka’s father has spearheaded a campaign that demonizes Muslims through his so-called Muslim ban, which has since been halted by the 9th district court of appeals.