Trump Dodges Question On Anti-Semitism To Brag About Electoral Votes
Feb 17 2017 by Francis Osborne
A day later, Trump shut down a question by a haredi reporter of Ami Magazine about how the administration meant to tackle the rise in antisemitic incidents, which has included dozens of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers across the US. No. 2: racism, the least racist person.
This declaration came after a Jewish reporter asked President Trump about recent threats made against 48 Jewish community centers across America. He meandered through a citation of his Electoral College victory, clichés about "you're going to see a lot of love" and "we are going to stop crime", and then the coup de grace (his universal antidote for charges of insensitivity or ignorance about Jewish issues) that his daughter, son-in-law and three grandkids are Jewish. I find it repulsive.
Trump was asked about the increase in open displays of anti-Semitism and xenophobia in the USA during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.
"As far as people, Jewish people, so many friends".
Trump then proclaimed himself "the least anti-Semitic person you have ever met in your entire life", as well as "the least racist person".
"When you're in a campaign, someone asks you a question you don't know the answer, you pivot".
A similar question had been posed to Trump in a joint press conference with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Wednesday, to which he responded, "We are going to do everything we can to stop racism".
More of an airing of grievances than a formal introduction for labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta, Trump answered numerous questions from the mainstream media Thursday. "It's not a simple question, not a fair question".
"See, he lied", Trump said. "Bibi. 'I've known Donald Trump for a long time, ' and he said, 'Forget it.' So you should take that before you get up and ask a very insulting question like that".
"Troubling that @POTUS failed to condemn real issue of anti-Semitism in USA today", the Anti-Defamation League tweeted. On Twitter, the Anti-Defamation League - an organization devoted to combating anti-Semitic hate crimes and other hate-based violence - called Trump's remarks "troubling".
He dismissed an Israeli reporter who accused his presidency of being associated with a "sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States", responding that he was "honored by the victory that we had". Unlike statements put out by previous Republican and Democratic administrations, the language evoked long-standing efforts by white supremacists and anti-Semitic regimes to trivialize Jewish suffering and downplay the Nazi extermination of the Jewish people. I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation.