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By Amir Tibon

Last week, the Jewish Democratic Council of America released an ad endorsing Biden, which again cited Charlottesville. The ad, however, also included images from the far-right demonstrations in Lansing. “It’s not a coincidence – we see a clear connection between these events,” says the organization’s executive director, Halie Soifer. “It’s once again Trump encouraging and emboldening messages of hatred and extremism.”

Soifer, who grew up in Michigan, tells Haaretz she had heard for years about armed “militias” being active in Michigan, but never imagined a president of the United States giving legitimacy to the use of violence – “especially not in circumstances like this, in the midst of a crisis, when what we really need is responsible leadership.” Her organization plans to continue attacking Trump over his comments, both after the Charlottesville and Lansing protests.