On Wednesday February 15th 2017, President Trump was asked about rising anti-Semitism in the US:
QUESTION: Mr. President, since your election campaign and even after your victory, we’ve seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States. And I wonder what you say to those among the Jewish community in the States and in Israel and maybe around the world, who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones?
TRUMP: Well, I just want to say that we are, you know, very honoured by the victory that we had: 306 Electoral College votes. We were not supposed to crack 220. You know that, right? There was no way to 221 but then they said there’s no way to 270. And there’s tremendous enthusiasm out there. I will say that we are going to have peace in this country. We are going to stop crime in this country. We are going to do everything within our power to stop long simmering racism and every other thing that’s going on. Because a lot of bad things have been taking place over a long period of time. I think one of the reasons I won the election is because we have a very, very divided nation. Very divided and hopefully, I’ll be able to do something about that. And I – you know, something that was very important to me.
As far as people, Jewish people — so many friends, a daughter who happens to be here right now. A son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren. I think that you’re going to see a lot of different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years. I think a lot of good things are happening and you’re going to see a lot of love. You’re going to see a lot of love. Okay? Thank you.
The next day he was again asked what he is going to do about rising anti-Semitism: one report says there has been 48 bomb threats against Jewish centres over the past couple weeks.
TRUMP: So here’s the story, folks. Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism, the least racist person. In fact, we did very well relative to other people running as a Republican – [the reporter starts talking] quiet, quiet, quiet.
See, he lied about – he was gonna get up and ask a very straight, simple question, so you know, welcome to the world of the media. But let me just tell you something, that I hate the charge, I find it repulsive.
I hate even the question because people that know me and you heard the prime minister [of Israel], you heard Bentanyahu [Benjamin Netanyahu] yesterday, did you hear him, Bibi? 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.
– Abagond, 2017.
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- The Trump Era