Just a few months into his first term — in the midst of a slew of anti-Semitic hate crimes — President Donald Trump suggested that Jews were behind such attacks with the goal of making him look bad.
The Independent reported in March 2017 that after initially failing to comment on the attacks, Trump “broke his silence to repeat an neo-Nazi conspiracy theory that has claimed that the attacks are ‘false flags’”.
> Supporters of that belief – who include leader of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke – believe that such attacks are being perpetrated by Jewish people in order to undermine the White House.
> Pennsylvania's Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, said that he had spoken to the President about a wave of threats to Jewish community centres. And Mr Trump said that they had been designed to make "others look bad".
Trump went on to repeat the position of Duke, who had commented shortly before, that it might be Jewish people against his presidency who were perpetrating attacks against themselves in an effort to undermine his agenda.
> Mr Trump had in fact repeatedly refused to condemn anti-Semitic threats and violence. When asked to condemn the rise during a White House briefing, he told a Jewish reporter to sit down, and the President has been criticised by groups including the Anne Frank Centre for his silence.