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A senior Trump adviser suggested Democrats could be behind the Jewish center bomb threats


A senior adviser to President Trump implied that the Democratic Party might be involved in the recent wave of bomb threats to Jewish community centers.

Anthony Scaramucci, once nominated to run the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs, linked to a Breitbart article that argued Democrats had lured Trump supporters into violence during campaign rallies in a tweet about the wave of threats.

Here's his first tweet.

A Bloomberg reporter retweeted that tweet.

Scaramucci responded by denying he blamed the Democrats and was merely urging caution.

He insisted reports to the contrary were "fake news."

Some defended him and insisted he wasn't anti-Semitic.

A group of Jewish Trump supporters took his side.

But critics argued he was merely trying to avoid being blamed.

Scaramucci had argued those linking a rise in anti-Semitism to Trump were unfair.

The context

Since the start of 2017, dozens of bomb threats have been phoned in to Jewish community centers in the U.S. and Canada. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia were vandalized in recent weeks.

Trump said that anti-Semitism was "horrible" and it  "has to stop" after a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture earlier this month. During a press conference, he said he was the "least anti-Semitic person you will ever meet."

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