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Trump Was Asked About the Rise in Anti-Semitic Attacks Since His Election—His Answer Was Horrifying

Sometimes it's what the president chooses not to say.

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Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric has mired his administration in scandal and legal turmoil. But on Wednesday, it was what he didn't say that left the media and liberal Americans aghast. 

During a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the president was asked the following: 

"Mr. President, since your election campaign and even after your victory, we've seen a sharp rise in the anti-Semitic incidents across the United States, and I wonder, what do you say to those among the Jewish community in the states and Israel, and maybe around the world, who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones?" 

Rather than answer the question or address the anxieties of the American Jewish community, Trump chose instead to talk about his Electoral College victory.

"Well, I just want to say that we are very honored by the victory that we had, 306 electoral college votes," he said. "We were not supposed to crack 220, you know that, right? There was no way to 221, but then they said there's no way to 270. And there's tremendous enthusiasm out there."

Trump proceeded to call for an end to racism and "every other thing that's going on."

"I will say that we are going to have peace in this country," he continued. "We are going to stop crime in this country. We are going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other thing that's going on. A lot of bad things have been taking place over a long period of time."

CNN reported Thursday that dozens of Jewish centers have been targeted since the election.

Prior to his summit with Netanyahu, Trump had only taken questions from Townhall, the Christian Broadcasting Network, the New York Post, Fox Business Network, Reuters and Fox News during his press conferences with foreign leaders.


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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