Trump Lashes Out At Ultra-Orthodox Reporter After Softball Question About Anti-Semitism

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He then told the reporter to "sit down", before he was even finished asking the question.

"As far as Jewish people - so many friends, a daughter, a son-in-law and three handsome grandchildren - I think you're going to see a very different America in the next three, four years", he said, referring to his daughter Ivanka, who converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner. I find it repulsive.

Towards the end of a press conference on Thursday lasting almost 90 minutes, President Donald Trump took a question from a Jewish reporter about antisemitism, only to interrupt him, call him a liar, and tell him to sit down. Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. "You're going to see a lot of love".

"See, he lied about - he was going to get up and ask a very straight, simple question".

When co-host Sara Haines said she didn't believe Trump himself was actually anti-Semitic, Behar added, "All you need for evil to flourish is for good men to be silent and that's what he is". The Center made a direct connection between the "radical right" and Donald Trump, saying his election as president had "energized" such groups.

That continued during a joint conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, when he took questions from only conservative outlets.

Trump told the Jewish reporter that he should take Netanyahu's word. "And it's not, its not, not - not a simple question, not a fair question".

When a second reporter tried to press Trump on the issue, he claimed, without evidence, that any anti-Semitic behavior was the work of his political opponents. An ADL report identified 2,641,072 mentions of anti-Semitic language on Twitter from August 1, 2015, through July 31, 2016. It requires no talent, planning, or effort; all Trump needed to do was say, "I condemn anti-Semitism and all anti-Semitic hate crimes".

After numerous argumentative exchanges, the room was already tense early Thursday afternoon by the time Jake Turx, a journalist for Ami Magazine, which caters to the Orthodox Jewish community, asked Trump to address concerns about anti-Semitism in the U.S.

He eventually moved on to answering the question. "We expect our leadership to provide clear and unequivocal condemnation against all acts and forms of hatred, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism". "OK, sit down. I understand the rest of your question", Mr Trump snapped back. His response is especially troubling because of his campaign's association with antisemitic tropes, his administration's embrace of individuals with deep ties to antisemitism, his decision not to include any reference to the Jewish people in his statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and his propensity for policies like the refugee ban rooted in anti-Muslim bigotry and racism.

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