Hillary Clinton on Tuesday urged President Donald Trump to address a wave of anti-Semitic threats and incidents across the US.
In a tweet Tuesday morning, the former secretary of state pointed to a recent spike in vandalism of Jewish graves and bomb threats leveled against Jewish Community Centres and urged “everyone … starting with” Trump, to speak out.
The president has faced criticism for failing to vocally denounce anti-Semitism.
When asked at a press conference last week what he would do to address anti-Semitic crimes, he chastised the reporter, asking him to “sit down” because the the question was “not a simple question, not a fair question.”
“I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism, the least racist person,” Trump said, before summarizing his Electoral College victory in November.
“In fact we did very well relative to other people running as a Republican. Quiet, quiet, quiet,” he said, again addressing the reporter.” So he lied about — he was going to get up and ask a very straight simple question. So you know, welcome to the world of the media. But let me just tell you something, that I hate the charge. I find it repulsive. I hate even the question.”
Critics have blasted chief White House strategist Steve Bannon’s former stewardship of Breitbart, which has attracted an anti-Semitic readership. And last month, the White House defended an official Holocaust remembrance press release that did not directly mentions Jews.
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