Trump Condemns 'Horrible' Anti-Semitism

'Has to stop,' says the president
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2017 11:49 AM CST
Trump Says Anti-Semitism 'Has to Stop'
President Trump speaks after touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Recent incidents of anti-Semitism—including a wave of threats against Jewish community centers—are "horrible" and a "reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil," President Trump said Tuesday, echoing comments made by his daughter Ivanka a day earlier, reports Politico. Anti-Semitism "has to stop," Trump added, per NBC News. His comments, following a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, came after Trump was asked about the fight against anti-Semitism by a reporter from an Orthodox Jewish publication last week. In his response, Trump said the queston was unfair, told the reporter to "sit down," and called himself the "least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen," per CNN.

In a tweet earlier Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called on Trump to speak out against "JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks." Paul Ryan likewise denounced anti-Semitism Tuesday, noting "any form is abhorrent, and I encourage authorities nationwide to take these threats seriously." The chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League praised Trump's comments in a tweet. "Glad @POTUS stated #antisemitism is horrible. Now need @whitehouse to share plans on how to 'stop' it. ADL ready to help," wrote Jonathan Greenblatt. But the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect was unmoved. Trump's comments are only a "pathetic asterisk of condescension" after "pleas and pressure," he said in a statement. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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