An Orthodox Jewish reporter was told to “keep quiet and sit down” down by President Trump at today’s press conference – while asking a simple question about Anti-semitism. trump then called the reporter a liar.
The exchange kicked off as Trump looked through the room at a White House news conference and asked for a question from a “friendly reporter.”
He settled on a reporter who identified himself as Jake Turx, a reporter with Ami Magazine, which bills itself as “a new standard in Jewish media.”
TRUMP: Wait. Let’s see. Who’s — I want to find a friendly reporter.
QUESTION: Mr…. TRUMP: Are you a friendly reporter? Watch how friendly he is. Wait. Wait. Watch how friendly he is. Go ahead.
TRUMP: Go ahead.
QUESTION: So first of all, my name is Jake Turx from Ami Magazine. I (inaudible). I haven’t seen anybody in my community, including yourself or any of the — anyone on your staff of being Anti-semitic. We understand that you have Jewish grandchildren, and to them you are their “Zaidy” (grandfather). However, what we are concerned about, and what we havn’t heard you address is, an uptick in anti-semitism, and how the goverment is planning to take care of it. There has been a report out that around 40 Jewish centers across the county have had bomb threats made against them in the past couple of weeks. There ar people committing anti-Semitic acts…
At this point Turx gets cut off.
TRUMP: See he said he was gonna ask a very simple, easy question. And it’s not, its not, not — not a simple question, not a fair question. OK sit down, I understand the rest of your question. 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 (reporter tries to defend himself) 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, you heard Bibi Netanyahu (ph) 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.
Turx immedietly took to twitter:
President Trump clearly misunderstood my question. This is highly regretful and I'm going to seek clarification. #TrumpNewsConference
— Jake Turx (@JakeTurx) February 16, 2017
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today voiced deep concern over President Donald Trump’s response to a question posed regarding an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents across the country, including recent bomb threats made to Jewish Community Centers (JCCs).
Marvin D. Nathan, ADL National Chair, and Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:
On two separate occasions over the past two days, President Trump has refused to say what he is going to do about rising anti-Semitism or to even condemn it. It is mind-boggling why President Trump prefers to shout down a reporter or brush this off as a political distraction. This is not a partisan issue. It’s a potentially lethal problem — and it’s growing.
In light of the bomb scares, online harassment, physical vandalism, death threats and other hate crimes, there is a simple question at hand that Americans of all faiths deserve an answer to – what is the Trump Administration going to do about the recent surge of anti-Semitism? What concrete steps will the White House take to address intolerance?
We are going to keep asking these questions – and urge others in the press and public to do so as well – until we get a clear answer from our President.