The massacre of 11 people at synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Saturday inspired widespread denunciations of bigotry and violence.
But the shooting also enflamed growing political divisions, including among American Jews.
Leaving aside the outcry of President Donald Trump's response, many liberals accused him of enabling the tragedy, and some went as far as to apportion a share of the blame to his Jewish supporters.
In a tweet hours after the shooting
And a word to my fellow American Jews: This president makes this possible. Here. Where you live. I hope the embassy move over there, where you don’t live was worth it.— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 27, 2018
The president has thrilled many Israel supporters, particularly by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem in May.
Ioffe -- an outspoken Trump critic and Jewish emigre from Russia -- followed up Sunday with an op-ed in in the Washington Post. In the article, she dismissed conservative
To her, Robert Bowers, who has been arrested and charged with the murders, was as much a product of Trumpian incitement as the Florida man who was arrested last week and charged for sending 13 bombs to the president's critics.
Ioffe said that Trump had "set the tone" for the shooting at the synagogue with the rhetoric of his 2016 presidential campaign and his equivocal response to the white nationalist rally last year in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Vox editor and writer Matthew Yglesias echoed Ioffe's argument in a tweet Sunday. Yglesias, who has Jewish heritage, resurfaced a
The daft logic of the American Jewish right. pic.twitter.com/vgERCJ1o2I— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 28, 2018
In an Atlantic essay published Saturday, staff writer
"Their money should be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome," he argued of Trump-supportive Jews. "They have placed their community in danger."
Also, the organized shunning of Adelson, Kushner, and other Jewish enablers is a matter of protecting the security of the community.— Franklin Foer (@FranklinFoer) October 27, 2018
Conservatives responded to these attacks on Trump and his Jewish supporters with outrage.
Seth Mandel, the Orthodox Jewish executive editor of the Washington Examiner, on Sunday shared images of Ioffe and Foer's tweets and lamented those who "blame the victims and boost the smear of the disloyal Jew."
"What a broken political culture," he said.
Shattered. And the pain made sharper by the responses: blame the victims and boost the smear of the disloyal Jew; target & otherize prominent Jews; no effort to change our language. What a broken political culture. pic.twitter.com/o3EZJhctxE— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) October 28, 2018
Down-and-out conservative firebrand Glenn Beck on Sunday deemed Ioffe's tweet "Shameful, Outrageous and untrue." He called on Americans to "come together" and declared he was taking a "stand w/the Jewish people."
Shameful, Outrageous and untrue.When a society becomes this ill, we should ALL be looking for ways to come together and stand.Those who act in violence like this are sick, warped and have no place in a civilized world. We must all look to help and heal.i stand w/the Jewish people https://t.co/LzRcLZJiiV— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) October 28, 2018
And you don’t speak for all Jews.— Daniella Greenbaum (@DGreenbaum) October 28, 2018