President Trump today announced a plan to tackle antisemitism in America. With bomb threats to Jewish centers and cemetery desecration, many have been critical of the president's underwhelming response to the issue. Today however, the President spoke out forcefully against antisemitism & promised that under his administration, acts against Jewish sites and people would not be tolerated.
The response to the president's statements were not of enthusiasm however and many were left scratching there heads in regards to the President's view of the roots of antisemitism. After much confusion, media agencies eventually reached a conclusion that Trump likely acquired his understanding of the causes of antisemitism from a talk show produced by Breitbart News.
Herman Hesse, a radio show host for Breitbart news, delivered a show yesterday about the predominance of antisemitism in world that for the most part was erroneous or unproven. One of the major unproven points in the show was a claim that many have held distrust for Jewish people based in passions for various pork products, including ham & especially bacon. Pork, a non-kosher food, is traditionally to be avoided by observant Jews but amongst many other peoples of the world, pork is a beloved food product enjoyed by many. Bacon, especially loved in America, was predominantly mentioned throughout the show.
Despite no studies having ever been conducted on whether appreciation for bacon affects perception of Jews, Hesse continually made a point that it must be one the predominant causes of antisemitism. The host contended that antisemites love their bacon and that they distrust Jews because they fear that "a global Jewish conspiracy will result in them taking away their bacon." Also claimed was that pork prices can even cause waves of discrimination. Hesse reaffirmed his claims throughout the show but provided no sources and no social scientists have said anything to support the claims.
The scientists who have begun to speak following the President's announcement, have refuted these claims and several others made by Hesse as unfounded.
The President also faced criticism for his plan of tackling antisemitism, which includes introducing pork into the diet of every American Jew in order to increase trust between Jews and antisemites. Many spoke out against the plan describing it as "foolish", "uninformed", and "a violation of rights."
Hesse could not be reached for comment but Breitbart issued a statement that they are "a trusted news source" and are "equipped with excellent radio hosts who are well-informed and know what they're talking about."
The President has not since spoke of the issue publicly, but spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway said the president has reliable sources that he trusts and stays "informed and in touch with the people."