Searches for 'anti-Semitic' surged on Merriam-Webster after Trump press briefing

Carla Harmon
February 17, 2017

A day later, Trump shut down a question by a haredi reporter of Ami Magazine about how the administration meant to tackle the rise in antisemitic incidents, which has included dozens of bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers across the US.

"Number two, racism. I am the least racist person ..."

Trump ignored the question and told the reporter to sit down before launching into a defensive response.

"But let me just tell you something: I hate the charge".


When asked a question by Jake Turx about the reports on the rise in anti-Semitic incidents recently and what the Trump Administration would do to address them, the president appeared irritated. Then talking about his Jewish daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.

"Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person you've ever met in your life", Trump said. He ended his answer saying that people were going to "see a lot of love". "He (said he) was going to get up and ask a very simple, straightforward question". They will keep no friend, unless he make himself the mirror of their objective; they will smite and slay you, and trample your dead corpse under foot, all the more readily, if you take the first step with them and can not take the second, and the third, and every other step of their terribly straight path.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as they arrive at the White House in Washington, DC, February 15, 2017.

Trump called the question "repulsive" and "insulting".


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

During a press conference Thursday, President Trump insisted his administration was "running like a fine-tuned machine", despite the "mess" he "inherited" and the fact that he "can't get [his] Cabinet approved". An ADL report identified 2,641,072 mentions of anti-Semitic language on Twitter from August 1, 2015, through July 31, 2016.

Speaking alongside Trump in the White House, Netanyahu brushed off a question about surging anti-Jewish sentiment in the United States since the November 8 election. It is mind-boggling why President Trump prefers to shout down a reporter or brush this off as a political distraction.

In his press conference with Netanyahu, Trump stressed the fact that he has family ties to Judaism. It requires no talent, planning, or effort; all Trump needed to do was say, "I condemn anti-Semitism and all anti-Semitic hate crimes". He didn't directly answer the question and did nothing to assure Jews that he will seek to protect them from violence and hate crime. OK, sit down. I understand the rest of your question.


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