Some people hate all spies (except Nathan Hale of course), and insist that all spies should be executed.
Other people confuse spies with traitors (they’ve never read the US Constitution it seems).
Other people still buy Aldrich Ames cover story that Caspar Weinberger fed to the judge in the Pollard case.
Other people hate Jews.
Other people hate Israel because of the 1967 Liberty accident (which they insist was no accident).
Other people say they like Israel, but resent its “control over Congress”.
Other people are covert Muslims (I wonder who?).
Add them all up, and Pollard has drawn the short straw. He’s the whipping boy for all of the above, and some I may have overlooked.
Confusing spies with traitors?
If you betray this country, you are a traitor. Traitors deserve death.