The rise of anti-Semitism among college campuses and beyond has caught some older leftists off guard, who had long believed that their party stood for tolerance. In a surprising turn of events, Bill Maher, known for his far-left views, expressed his shock and confusion over the behavior of his own party on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He was taken aback by the sudden eruption of anti-Israel sentiments, questioning where the hatred of Jews originates from. Maher couldn’t help but draw a comparison between the young people who hated Trump for his failure to condemn hate groups and the current rise in anti-Semitism.
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It’s worth noting that one of the major criticisms of former President Trump comes from a quote that has been debunked multiple times. The media falsely accused Trump of siding with bigots when he called out racism as “evil” and condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists. While there are fringe radicals on the right, they have little institutional power or support. On the other hand, the Democratic side has been fraught with inconsistencies, from equating anti-Semitism with Islamophobia to some Democrats expressing vocal support for the eradication of Israel.
During the discussion on Maher’s show, CNN host Fareed Zakaria tried to blame the rise in anti-Semitism on Christianity, but Maher didn’t buy it. He pointed out that college kids are not hating Jews because of Christianity. The events of October 7 not only exposed the unwavering commitment of Republican leaders to stand with Israel but also unveiled the deep-rooted anti-Semitism that has been festering in Ivy League institutions and among some Democrats in elected office. The progressive movement’s supposed commitment to tolerance has been stripped away to reveal the underlying bigotry that was hidden beneath the surface.