Trump shouts down reporters who ask about anti-Semitism

Trump shouts down reporters who ask about anti-Semitism

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President Donald Trump shouted down two reporters who asked him about rising anti-Semitism in America and said he “hates” being called an anti-Semite, although neither reporter called him one.

Trump, fielding questions at a contentious news conference Thursday about the multiple scandals and mishaps afflicting his young administration, said he wanted to take a question from a friendly reporter.

Jake Turx, a haredi Orthodox reporter for Ami Magazine, volunteered, saying “I’m friendly,” and prefaced his question by saying his community did not regard Trump as anti-Semitic.

“I haven’t seen anyone in my community accuse you or anyone on your staff of being anti-Semitic,” Turx said. “We understand that you have Jewish grandchildren, you are their zaide.”

Trump appeared to understand what Turx was saying, thanking him.

“What we haven’t really heard being addressed is an uptick in anti-Semitism and how the government is planning to take care of it,” Turx continued, citing dozens of bomb threats called into Jewish community centers in recent weeks.

Trump interrupted and accused Turx of dishonesty.

“It’s not a simple question, not a fair question,” he said. “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you have ever seen in your entire life.” The president also said he was the “least racist person.”

Turx interrupted, saying he did not believe Trump was anti-Semitic, and Trump shouted him down, “Quiet, quiet, quiet.”

“See, he lied about, he was going to get up and ask a straight simple question, so, you know, welcome to the world of the media,” Trump said.

“I hate the charge, I find it repulsive, I hate even the question,” he said, going on to cite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement a day earlier at a joint news conference that “there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.”

“You heard the prime minister, you heard Netanyahu yesterday, did you hear him? Bibi,” Trump said. “He said, ‘I’ve known Donald Trump for a long time,’ and then he said, ‘Forget it,’ so you should take that instead of having to get up and ask a very insulting question like that.”

Another reporter tried to raise a similar question, asking about “rising anti-Semitism,” some of it committed in his name.

Trump, again interrupting, replied that he thought a lot of the instances were his opponents trying to smear him by disguising themselves as his supporters.

“Some of that anger is caused by people on the other side,” he said. “It will be by people on the other side to anger people like you.”

Trump defended his record, saying the country was divided long before he took office and that it was his plan to unite it.

Turx on Twitter said he hoped the White House would understand that Trump “clearly misunderstood” his question.

“This is highly regretful and I’m going to seek clarification. #TrumpNewsConference,” he wrote.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) later decried Trump’s brusque treatment.

“It is honestly mind-boggling why President Trump prefers to shout down a reporter or brush this off as a political distraction,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s national director, said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The American Jewish Committee’s CEO, David Harris, also posted a statement on Twitter.

“Instead of answering a timely and legitimate question, the president chose instead to besmirch the journalist,” Harris wrote.

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  • Jeff

    every day president wacko is becoming more unhinged

  • TerrorIsEvil

    Good for Trump! It is about time a President push back against those who want to make the news rather than report on it.

    Journalists have tried to set the agenda and with Democrats they succeeded because both the Dems and the leftist press share in the belief that the West needs to be broken down, filled with illegals, made to follow retrograde cultures from terror states, debt increased to unsustainable levels to destroy business and industry and then they want to hand America to whomever wants the pieces once the naive and vicious left have destroyed the best in us.

    • Joe Q.

      But this reporter was a self-declared Trump supporter, a peyos-wearing chossid from a frum Jewish magazine that serves a community that overwhelmingly supports Trump. It was a softball question and yet it still got still punted. What’s the point of even having press conferences?

      • TerrorIsEvil

        It is like asking a person when was the last time he beat up his children. He is clearly not a antisemite, not a bigot, not a misogynist but the left-wing need to pin those accusations on those they want to destroy. They do it to Jews and Israel all the time.. Yet the media want to repeat these claims ad nauseam to make them true in the minds of the public. It is an old trick. So when he gets one of these hot-button questions, whether from a supporter or one of the shadow opposition in the Fifth Estate, he gets his back up and justifiably so.

        • Canada First

          An Orthodox Jewish man who clearly supports President Trump asked Trump whether his government had plans to do anything about rising acts of anti-Semitism in the US. Given that the reporter was absolutely not accusing the President of being an anti-Semite, why in your mind is the reporter’s question “…like asking a person when was the last time he beat up his children”? How would you have responded if a Jewish reporter who unequivocally was supportive of you had asked you the same question?

          I commend President Trump’s daughter Ivanka for recently addressing the issue of rising anti-Semitism in the US. Should the President not address it as well?

          • TerrorIsEvil

            There is a concerted and well-funded effort to unseat Trump – he has been in power for under 2 months. These efforts are being orchestrated by the left and headed by Obama and many others – funded mainly by Soros, his billionaire friends and his group of anarchist organizations. Soros always finds ways to displace democratic processes in favor of anarchy – and he usually makes money from the chaos he creates.

            The antisemitism questions asked of Trump come up at a time the leftist media is manufacturing lies that ignore REAL antisemites but use the accusations against those who are not. How many times have the press asked questions about the antisemitism of Obama, UN, Hamas, Iranian or Saudi leaders?

            Obama’s antisemitism and his support for groups like Hamas was real, not fake. He sided with Hamas in its active war and attacks against Israel. He supported the antisemitic Muslim Brotherhood.

            The attempts to paint Trump as something he is not is a dumb amateurish propaganda attack without substance – it is part of the reactionary attempt of left-wingers to attack using reality opposites and repeating them ad nauseam. It is like school children who have calculated exactly what will get their teacher and then sniggering every time they ask the same dumb irrelevant questions that have no substance just to upset the person being asked.

            After being asked the same kind of question without substance repeatedly, I guess one just blows his top and hears ALL of these questions as more hateful attacks. Sometimes questions that have some relevancy get caught up in the crossfire because so many others in the media have discredited themselves with their clownish routines using similar questions involving the same general theme.

          • Canada First

            I commend you for an interesting and well-written deflection. Unfortunately it does not directly address any of the questions I asked. For example, I asked: How would you have responded if a Jewish reporter who was unequivocally supportive of you had asked you the same question?

            Your response highlights a phenomenon which sadly is shared by many of those on the left and those on the right. Just as the left frequently show disdain for billionaires like Adelson and the Kochs who support the Republican Party, you show antipathy towards Soros and “his billionaire friends”. I find it fascinating that the right and left frequently attack billionaires. Personally I have no problems with those who are remarkably successful in their pursuit of wealth. I am happy to see billionaires engage in philanthropy rather than hoarding.

    • Jeff

      you are really becoming more unhinged, same answer to every story. the reporter did not accuse him of anti-Semitism

    • Geoffrey Laxton

      This reporter was simply giving Trump an opportunity to condemn these threats to the US Jewish community, but instead Trump took this as an attack? Sounds paranoid to me.

  • sunni ways

    How long is this tory going to stay on the first page? It’s been there for over a month.