Grafton Thomas was arrested for stabbing several orthodox Jews at a Hanukkah party outside of New York City on Saturday, December 28th.
Fox News reports – Police said Thomas allegedly entered the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, a suburb north of New York City, during a Hanukkah celebration — the latest in a string of anti-Semitic incidents in recent weeks that included beatings of Jewish people in the streets of New York City and a massacre at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, N.J.
Thomas sped away from the stabbing scene but later was captured in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. He had blood all over his clothing and smelled of bleach, according to prosecutors.
Yesterday afternoon, President Trump tweeted about the attack on the home of an orthodox rabbi in Monsey, NY, on the 7th day of Hanukkah, calling it “horrific.”
The anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York, on the 7th night of Hanukkah last night is horrific. We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2019
Oddly, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio is blaming President Trump, the grandfather of 3 Jewish children, a Jewish son-in-law, and daughter who converted to Judaism, for the rise in anti-Semitism.
Mayor ""Comrade" DeBlasio Blames Trump for the attack on Jewish persons in Monesy, N. Y.? Trump was over a 1,000 miles away from the place! NYC Mayor De Blasio is Major A-Hole & P.O.S.! https://t.co/HjwUZLN16Z
— Stephen T. Carley (@Carley2T) December 30, 2019
When President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and placed the U.S. Embassy there, as one of his first acts as President of the United States, not one Democrat attended the grand opening. Muslim congresswomen Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), have both been accused of anti-Semitism.
What the media’s not telling everyone about the machete-wielding Jew-hater, is that he was the son of an illegal immigrant who received amnesty thanks to Senator Ted Kennedy’s 1986 Amnesty law for illegal immigrants.
Obama obliquely referred to Kennedy’s role in pushing his influential political accomplishment: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.
“Towards the end of his life, Ted reflected on how Congress has changed over time. And those who served earlier I think have those same conversations. It’s a more diverse, more accurate reflection of America than it used to be, and that is a grand thing, a great achievement,” Obama said.
The passage of the act marked a fundamental change in America’s immigration policy: Rather than serving the interests of Americans and national unity by setting limits on immigration, the act put “family unification” as the top priority, serving the interests of foreigners first.
According to the Daily Mail – Acting Deputy Homeland Secretary Ken Cuccinelli tweeted Monday that the Hanukkah party stabber was the son of an illegal immigrant and suggested he didn’t assimilate properly.
‘The attacker is the US Citizen son of an illegal alien who got amnesty under the 1986 amnesty law for illegal immigrants,’ Cuccinelli wrote. ‘Apparently, American values did not take hold among this entire family, at least this one violent, and apparently bigoted, son.’
The tweet was later taken down.
The lawyer of Grafton Thomas, the accused stabber, told DailyMail.com that Thomas’ father immigrated to the U.S. from Guyana and now lives in Utah. The lawyer did not address Thomas’ father’s immigration status.
Thirty-seven-year-old Thomas is accused of bursting into the Monsey, New York home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg.
Rottenberg was hosting a Hanukkah party.
Thomas was wielding a machete.
He’s been charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary.
Thomas’ family, in a widely distributed statement from his lawyer, said the alleged stabber has ‘a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations.’
‘He has no known history of anti-Semitism and was raised in a home which embraced and respected all religions and races,’ Sussman said. ‘He is not a member of any hate groups.’
Law enforcement officials, however, found materials in Thomas’ home that indicate he was purposely targeting Jews. Officers allegedly found on his phone web searches for ‘Why did Hitler hate the Jews,’ in addition to ‘Roman Jewish Temples near me’ and ‘Zionist Temples of Staten Island.’
On the night of the attack, Thomas’ internet browser was used to read an article headlined, ‘New York City increases Police presence in Jewish neighborhoods after possible anti-Semitic attacks. Here’s what to know.’
He faces federal hate crime charges.