New York Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on Sunday five people stabbed in an attack on a synagogue in New York’s Rockland County.
De Blasio said: “Over the past three years in this country, the forces of hatred have been unleashed and we are seeing more and more violence associated with these hateful impulses. Some were organized and premeditated. The increase in hate crime in this city has led the NYPD to recognize that we need to be aware of these trends and see if they can disrupt them. “
He continued: “We have also known for years that there are white supremacist forces that organize to do violence. We know the militias in certain parts of the country. They targeted law enforcement. These right-wing militias have been targeting the police for years in this country. Unfortunately, this trend is developing, this form of extremism. We have to be able to follow it and disrupt it in a way that, honestly, we have never encountered before in the city, or in much of the country. But let’s be honest, the past three years have changed. Once hatred is normalized, it spreads like wildfire, and it takes on a more violent form, and we have to stop it now before we end up doing the wrong kind of story. “
He added, “This is not the time for partisan discussion, but it is time to say that some of the most hateful speeches come from Washington, DC. What we need our president to do is be a unifier, a soothing positive voice, reminding us of what we have in common as Americans. This is what presidents have been doing for generations. We missed it. And hate speech even if it does not encourage specific violence, let’s face it, we saw these violent forces emboldened. We saw it in Charlottesville. We have seen it across the country. And we have to be honest about it without falling into a partisan battle to say that something has been different in recent years. I will be the first to say that there have been other problems before that. There have been campus shootings and other horrible things, but the connection to racial and ethnic motivation, which has increased in recent years, is what we need to stop. “
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