Trump passes on opportunity to denounce anti-Semitic violence

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Worse, on Wednesday, February 16th, at the joint press conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu, an Israeli journalist asked Trump to respond to the fact that some Jews in the USA and Israel were anxious that his administration "is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones".

Turx started out by denying that his community considered Trump or anyone on his staff to be anti-Semitic, and referred to Trump as a "Zaydie" (Yiddish for "grandfather") of Jewish grandchildren.

Trump, expressing indignation, replied: "See he said he was going to ask a very simple question and it's not".

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"So here's the story folks, number one, I'm the least anti-Semitic person you've ever seen in your entire life", Trump continued.

It was at this point that the billionaire property developer interrupted to accuse the reporter of lying and insist he was the "least anti-Semitic" individual. "So I understand why he's so defensive". Trump interjected: "Quiet. Quiet".

I take Donald Trump at his word that he is not an anti-Semite. "What can you do to deter that?" the reporter pressed. I find it repulsive. Even if he misheard of misunderstood Turx's caveat at the beginning of his question, a basic acknowledgement of the core issue-namely, bigoted, seemingly nation-wide threats aimed at terrifying one specific subset of the president's constituents-could have accompanied Trump's reflexive sense of insult. He went on to reference the fact that he has "so many friends" who are Jewish, and added cryptically that "you're going to see a lot of love" under his administration.

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Trump's administration has been criticized as insensitive to the Jewish community, most recently when its International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement failed to include an explicit mention of the Jewish people killed by the Third Reich. Forty-eight Jewish Community Centers reported bomb threats in January, according to CNN .

For a second straight day, President Trump refused to directly address questions Thursday about a documented rise in anti-Semitic episodes in the USA, prompting renewed concern from prominent Jewish groups. "He lied about-he said he was going to get up and ask a very straight, simple question". No. 2, racism, the least racist person. (If you prefer PayPal, use this link.) We don't make much on advertising, we need your support to continue our work.

When Turx tried to repeat what he had asked, Trump yelled 'quiet, quiet, quiet, ' from the podium and then called the journalist a liar. Reacting to Trump's comments, the founder of the neo-Nazi website Stormfront said that "we interpret that as an endorsement", according to the Huffington Post. Instead of answering a timely and legitimate question, the president chose instead to besmirch the reporter.

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Trump interpreted Turx's question as a personal attack. "You're going to see a lot of love". "He'd also have to admit his rhetoric has increased the anti-Semitism in the country and that's why he didn't answer that question".

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