FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2018
CONTACT: Elliot Levy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-800-7409
New York – Following reports of bombs being mailed to a series of prominent political figures and media organizations, Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, released the following statement:
“The bombing attempts reported today, following the similar act of terrorism targeting George Soros over the weekend, are horrifying and deserve a thorough investigation.
“We must recognize that this type of violence thrives in the national environment that the President and the Republican Party have created under nearly two years of one-party rule. The President has continuously stoked the division, unrest, and hatred we are seeing in the United States today. His authoritarian mindset, encouragement of physical violence against political opponents and the free press, use of racist and antisemitic tropes, and endorsement of white nationalists have created conditions antithetical to a free and democratic society. GOP leaders have been willing and active partners in these efforts, loudly amplifying the President’s destructive, hateful rhetoric, and openly appealing to racism, xenophobia and antisemitism in political ads, without regard for the damage they cause.
“This is what is looks like to see our democracy under attack. We must all exercise our responsibility to protect our democratic society in these dangerous times. We call on our fellow Jewish Americans and Jewish institutions to recognize this moment of moral emergency and speak out in defense of our democracy and our values. And we call on all Americans to clearly reject authoritarianism and bigotry when they vote in the upcoming midterm elections.”