Jew hatred hit home Wednesday night for New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, who found a swastika carved into a wall in his apartment building and posted it to Twitter.
Swastika found in my apartment building this evening in Greenwich Village. Anti-Semite named to #Trump White House post. Connect the dots. pic.twitter.com/3OlD8hewyF— Senator Brad Hoylman (@bradhoylman) November 16, 2016
The “Anti-Semite” he mentioned was Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, to the post of chief White House strategist.
Prominent individuals and Jewish organizations have defended Bannon from such charges, stating that he is a Zionist and a friend to Jewish colleagues, but others criticize him because he worked to make Breitbart into the “platform of the alt-right,” the preferred name for a movement of white nationalists and other racists, including Jew haters.
Hoylman, the State Senate’s only gay Jewish member, received support from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who tweeted his disgust in response to the swastika.
@BradHoylman, millions of New Yorkers stand with you tonight against anti-Semitism. Hate has no place in NYC. #NotInOurCity— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 16, 2016
Daniel J. Solomon is the Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.