Even in the age of Donald Trump, murderous anti-Semitism in the United States is a cause without leaders. There is plenty of coded anti-Semitism in the United States: Every Jew knows who you mean when you castigate “globalists.” But outright killing of Jews as Jews—you have to lurk in pretty dark corners to draw inspiration for that.
The hate-targets of the would-be bomber suspect Cesar Sayoc are also hate-targets of the president of the United States, and of the whole prime-time lineup on Fox News. But Jewish worshippers in a synagogue are not vilified in this country by any important voice in the way they are in the United Kingdom or Europe—or in the way the reporters at CNN or the men and women of the FBI are vilified by Trump and his enablers.
In fact, one of the special moral challenges for American Jews in the Trump years is that—for once—we have largely been exempt from vilification by a hate-exploiting demagogue. Jews historically assume that bigots of any kind must sooner or later turn upon us as well. But Trump largely refrains from explicit anti-Semitism, and to a remarkable degree the pro-Trump conservative media refrain as well. In a true “only in America” moment, people who bear Jewish names and participate in Jewish life have been full partners in much of the Trump project.