Donald Trump brags about electoral college victory while answering question on anti-Semitism
- Author: Joey Payne Feb 17, 2017,
Feb 17, 2017, 0:38
During a joint press conference today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Donald Trump answered a question about anti-Semitism and racism in the U.S. by bragging up his electoral win. "Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person you've ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racist. The least racist".
Before taking his next question, President Trump says, "I want to find a friendly reporter".
The president then said Turx "lied" about asking "a straight, simple question".
The question was centered on the rise in anti-Semitic attacks since Trump won last November and what he would say to allegations that his administration "is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones".
The question followed a similar question Trump received at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday.
As the reporter was explaining the issue, Trump stuck out his hand, saying, "He said he was going to ask a very simple, easy question". Antisemitism shouldn't concern you only if you have personal ties to someone who is Jewish, just as Islamophobia shouldn't concern only those who know Muslims, and women's rights shouldn't only concern those who have sisters, wives, or daughters.
Trump did not say what he would do about preventing anti-Semitism in America. "It's about the wave of hate crimes since the election and the spike in anti-Semitism across the country", he said in a statement.
Trump said, "Some of it is written by our opponents".
Trump has been called out for stacking his cabinet with men questionable histories on tolerance, notably former Breitbart boss Steve Bannon. I think a lot of good things are happening and you're going to see a lot of love. But you have some of those signs, and some of that anger is caused by the other side.
While Turx was presenting information he had about anti-Semitic actions that have taken place in the country, Trump interrupted him. "It will be people on the other side to anger people like you". For God's sake, he has Jewish grandchildren, he has a Jewish daughter, who converted to Judaism. "This is highly regretful and I'm going to seek clarification".
He never mentioned anti-Semitism, much less condemned it.