Twitter erupted into mockery after Donald Trump claimed he denounces antisemitism “wherever I get a chance,” which is a humongous lie. He has been largely silent, probably to please the nationalists in his base.
During a visit to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Trump finally addressed the wave of anti-Semitic acts, telling MSNBC’s Craig Melvin: “Anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop and it has to stop.”
When Melvin pressed him on whether he was denouncing anti-Semitism, he replied, “Oh, of course, and I do it wherever I get a chance I do it.”
Ding, ding, ding…..not true.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 21, 2017
Trump followed up that statement with another from prepared remarks: ‘”The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”
Trump calls anti-Semitic threats “a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate” https://t.co/MzBRzkB6Pa
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 21, 2017
Trump has surrounded himself with anti-Semites such as Steve Bannon, who didn’t want his children going to school with Jewish children. Further, Trump couldn’t bring himself to mention the word “Jews” in his official statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The White House issued a statement on Monday after being pressed by NBC’s Peter Alexander: “Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom,” the White House said in a statement Monday evening given to NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander. “The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”
Again, it’s missing the word “Jews.” Further, Trump dismissed a Jewish reporter during his trainwreck of a press conference last week, telling him to sit down and be quiet.
Trump’s lukewarm denunciation came after Hillary Clinton joined a loud chorus of people urging him to speak out after a Jewish cemetery in Missouri was desecrated. Clinton tweeted: “JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ POTUS.”
JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 21, 2017
Chelsea Clinton also weighed in: “<2 months into 2017: JCC bomb threats, synagogue defamed, subway swastikas, Jewish cemetery desecrated. NOW will Trump condemn antisemitism?”
<2 months into 2017: JCC bomb threats, synagogue defamed, subway swastikas, Jewish cemetery desecrated. NOW will Trump condemn antisemitism? https://t.co/bCoT5FhRxN
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 20, 2017
Ivanka Trump also tweeted about the rise in antisemitic incidents across the U.S. on Monday: “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers.
America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 20, 2017
The Anne Frank Center issued a scathing statement about Trump’s remarks, which have been very late in coming, saying, his “sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration.” The group tweeted: Donald Trump “do not make us Jews settle for crumbs of condescension.”
— AnneFrankCenter(US) (@AnneFrankCenter) February 21, 2017
Others on Twitter mocked Trump:
— Walter White (@heisenbergrpt) February 21, 2017
— KG (@kathyG86) February 21, 2017
— Norm “Easy D” Guerre (@NormDGuerreIndy) February 21, 2017
— Mary (@MaryRod52719706) February 21, 2017
@coffeespoonie He had all that time between the election & today to denounce Anti-Semitism yet he chose the day he goes to NMAAH?
— Jessica V. (@JessicaVaden) February 21, 2017
— (((R_Singa))) (@R_Singer1) February 21, 2017
Since Donald Trump takes anti-Semitism super seriously now, I guess he will be firing Bannon and Miller ASAP, right?
— molzy (@bitchyologist) February 21, 2017