During President Donald Trump’s press conference last week, a Jewish reporter asked the President a question about the growing antisemitism across the U.S.
Jake Turx, a reporter for Ami Magazine, a publication that gears towards the Orthodox Jewish community asked the following:
“I haven’t seen anyone in my community or in my staff accusing you of being antisemitic, we understand that you have Jewish grandchildren…What we are concerned about and what we haven’t really heard in your [presidential] address is an uptick in antisemitism and how the government is planning to take care of it. There’s been a report out that 48 bomb threats have been made against Jewish centers all across the country in the last couple of weeks. There are people committing antisemitic acts or have threatened too…” Turx began and was interrupted by the President.
“Now he said he would ask a simple, easy question and it’s not. It’s not a simple question, it’s not a fair question, now sit down, stop talking, I understand the rest of the question. Number one, I am the least antisemitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism, the least racist person running…” Turx attempted to clarify his question and was interrupted with “quiet! quiet! now he said he was going to…ask a simple…question…sit down!”
Mistaken that the comment was an accusation against him, Trump responded “I hate the charge, I find it repulsive. I hate even the question because people who know me …you heard the Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday…he said that he’s known Donald Trump for a long time, now take that instead of having to get up and ask a very insulting question like that.”
Turx answered: “We’re not accusing you of anything…” and was told repeatedly to be quiet.
Turx was asked later whether he thought the president’s conduct was inappropriate. Turx stated that he has worked with the Trump campaign in the past, in particular due to its strong ties to the Orthodox Jewish community and has not found any claims that Trump supported antisemitic views. Turx said he understands why Trump was so offended by the question and that he was “hopeful” that Trump’s comments showed he was “so committed against antisemitism” and hoped to work with the Jewish community to combat this phenomenon.
However, many in the Jewish community expressed disdain over the President’s attitude towards the Jewish reporter on national television, and claimed it sent a negative message to the Jewish community. Calls supporting President’s Trump terse speech with the Jewish reporter were cheered on Neo-Nazi websites.
Source: Fox News; Matzav Videos
By: Yafit Ovadia