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Peter Beinart mocked for tweet on daughter’s fear

The liberal Jewish essayist is met with ridicule on Twitter as he shares his feelings about the white supremacist rally

Peter Beinart (L) speaking at a J Street session on July 26, 2016. (JTA)
Peter Beinart (L) speaking at a J Street session on July 26, 2016. (JTA)

JTA — Peter Beinart, the liberal Jewish essayist, shared his feelings about Charlottesville on Twitter on August 18.

“Yesterday my 9 year old saw some footage from Charlottesville. Then she asked me if there would be a second Holocaust,” he tweeted.

When I saw the tweet, I got it immediately: I had been in Charlottesville the day of the violent clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters, and my worried teenage sons asked me about it afterward.

I didn’t know what to say because, let’s be honest, seeing Nazis march in 2017 is a gut-churn when you couple it with the faith that parents (irrationally, necessarily) maintain in what happens on this earth after we return to its dust. I froze. So kudos to Beinart for being able to talk about these things with his daughter.

Twitter was not so understanding. What Beinart got in response — at least initially — was disbelief and mockery.

“Nobody believes that for a second,” said someone with the Twitter handle JammieWF who has 12,000 followers.

@ReallyBroReally, who has 10,800 followers, resorted to sarcasm:

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