President Donald Trump held a press conference today, during which he was asked two questions about anti-Semitism, the first of which he did not allow the reporter, an Orthodox Jew, to finish.
“Sit down,” Trump told the reporter, Jack Turx, who writes for Ami. “I understand the rest of your question.”
The question regarded anti-Semitic acts done by others and was prefaced by the reporter saying that he did not believe that Trump was anti-Semitic. Trump answered it by calling himself “the least anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life.” He then told the reporter “Quiet. Quiet. Quiet.” when he tried to again state that the question was not about Trump’s personal beliefs.
“President Trump clearly misunderstood my question,” Turx said afterward on Twitter.
The second question, from a different reporter, again addressed rising anti-Semitism. This time, Trump answered by not talking about his own character but by blaming acts of anti-Semitism on “his opponents” posing as his fans.
“It won’t be my people,” Trump said. “It’ll be the people on the other side to anger people like you,” which is to say journalists. He did not cite evidence for this claim.
In the next question, Trump promised to bring together the divided nation.