Asked about anti-Semitism, Trump promises 'a lot of love'

Posted February 17, 2017

"No. 2, racism. The least racist person".

The reporter, Jake Turx, had long wanted to participate in such a high-level event, even publicly begging spokesman Sean Spicer to call on him.

"Well, I just want to say that we are very honored by the victory that we had, 306 electoral college votes", he said. I find it repulsive.

In a Thursday news conference called to discuss the announcement of new secretary of labor nominee Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump was asked about the rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States throughout his 2016 election campaign and following his victory. So here's the story folks, number one, I'm the least anti-Semitic person you've ever seen in your entire life.

'Some of the signs you'll see are not put up by the people that love or like Donald Trump, they're put up by the other side and you think it's like playing it straight?' the president mused.

It is still early in his administration, but we hope that the president will respond to the very simple question posed to him several times this week.

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".

As evidence, Trump pointed to his performance among minorities during the election.

In now typical Trump fashion, he answered with a non-sequitur that had nothing to do with the question or the underlying issues.

As with many other reporters at the press conference, Trump lamented that the question was not fair.

Near the end of today's Electric Kool-Aid Press Conference, President Trump decided he'd like a break from the tough questions about "his policies" and "things he's said".

The press conference was an opportunity for President Trump to be his unfiltered self.

A recent report by the Anti-Defamation League concluded that much of the anti-Semitic vitriol has come from Donald Trump supports. On Thursday, the president labeled a reporter's attempt to revisit the issue as "insulting".

However, another reporter followed up, pointing out that Turx's question was not about Trump's "personality or beliefs", but rather "a rise in anti-Semitism around the country". "He didn't answer the question". It requires no talent, planning, or effort; all Trump needed to do was say, "I condemn anti-Semitism and all anti-Semitic hate crimes". Unlike statements put out by previous Republican and Democratic administrations, the language evoked long-standing efforts by white supremacists and anti-Semitic regimes to trivialize Jewish suffering and downplay the Nazi extermination of the Jewish people. "I hate even the question", Trump said.