Then-candidate Joe Biden promised over and over again to his base, and to America, that he would make clamping down on extremism a top priority of his administration.
Unfortunately, not only did he fail on that promise, but he failed in the most humiliating, shameful way. According to Breitbart, a new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) revealed that during President Joe Biden’s first year in office, antisemitic incidents reached an all-time high.
The new numbers weren’t small jumps, either.
Some of the increases in antisemitism incidents reached highs not seen since the organization began tracking them in 1979.
In its shocking report, the ADL indicated that incidents totaled 2,717 in 2021, “an average of more than seven incidents per day and a 34 percent increase year over year.” It added that those incidents include assaults, harassment, and vandalism.
“Of the total, 1,776 incidents were categorized as harassment, defined as cases where one or more Jewish people (or people who were perceived to be Jewish) were harassed verbally (or in writing) with antisemitic conspiracy theories, slurs or stereotypes,” the report said.
It added: “Another 853 incidents were categorized as vandalism, defined as cases where property was damaged in a manner that incorporated evidence of antisemitic intent or which had an antisemitic impact on Jews.”
“Swastikas, which are generally interpreted by Jews to be symbols of antisemitic hatred, were present in 578 of these incidents. Acts of antisemitic vandalism increased 14% from 751 in 2020.”
Breitbart noted that there was a 167% increase in assaults against Jews, from 33 in 2020 to 88 in 2021, thankfully with no recorded fatalities in those assaults.
Individual states, too
Not only are the numbers up overall across the country, but individual states are also seeing massive jumps in anti-semitic incidents, including Colorado.
Antisemitic incidents are on the rise in Colorado, with a new report finding a 53% increase in 2021 over the previous year. https://t.co/6Qza9xyyb1
— The Denver Post (@denverpost) April 27, 2022
It looks like the Biden administration has quite a bit of work to do to tackle such an important issue, but instead, it’ll likely put it on the backburner like every other critical issue facing America right now.