Trump Says When Asked About Anti-Semitic Attacks, “Sometimes It’s The Reverse”
Buzzfeed, Feb 28 2017
FASCHINGSTEIN — Asked about the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks and threats across the nation, Pres Trump on Tuesday told a group of state attorneys general that “sometimes it’s the reverse,” Penn Att-Gen J Shapiro said of Trump’s comments in his and other officials’ meeting with the president. He said:
He just said, “Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people or to make others look bad.”
Shapiro added that Trump said he would be speaking about the issue in his remarks on Tuesday night and that he hoped to see clarification from the president in those remarks. White House spoxes did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Chuck Schumer said:
That is an absurd and obscene statement.
J Greenblatt of ADL said in a statement:
We are astonished by what the President reportedly said. It is incumbent upon the White House to immediately clarify these remarks. In light of the ongoing attacks on the Jewish community, it is also incumbent upon the President to lay out in his speech tonight his plans for what the federal government will do to address this rash of anti-Semitic incidents.
As usual, Lisa is here to lie about it:
And Robert Mackey does some flat-out lying à la Jew:
Trump Blames His Opponents For Targeting Jews
Robert Mackey, The Intercept, Mar 1 2017
Photo: Michael Bryant/Philadelphia Inquirer
A wave of attacks on Jewish cemeteries and bomb threats against Jewish community centers might not be anti-Semitic acts but “the reverse,” Donald Trump hinted darkly on Tuesday, according to Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s attorney general. Trump’s apparent embrace of a conspiracy theory popular on White supremacist websites, that the president’s political opponents might have staged the incidents to frame him or his supporters, came during a White House meeting with state attorneys general. At the meeting, Shapiro asked Trump about the spike in anti-Semitic acts during his presidency, including the vandalism of more than 100 tombstones at the Mount Carmel Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Shapiro found Trump’s response “a bit curious.”
We are deeply saddened by the vandalism at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery today. However, we are so appreciative of the community members who helped repair and join in prayer together. #WeHaveWorkToDo. If you want to make a donation to help with clean up and repairs, please visit the link 🔗 in our bio above. #phillynews #igers_philly #savephilly #resist
Shapiro told The Philadelphia Inquirer that he and other officials from both parties “were a little bit surprised” to hear Trump suggest the incidents might be hoaxes. The ADL has attributed the uptick in threats and attacks to White supremacists encouraged by Trump’s nativist political movement.
While it is unclear where Trump got the idea that the threats against Jews might be staged (isn’t he allowed to have idea of his own in your racist jewish-supremacist universe, Mr Mackey – RB), the false-flag theory has been proposed by White supremacists including David Duke, whose support Trump was slow to disavow during his campaign.
Some observers, including Allison fucking I’ve Got Three Names Too of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, took Trump’s use of the word “reverse” as a suggestion that the attacks on Jewish institutions might have been staged by Jews.
His reported comments were quickly condemned by the ADL and Chuck Schumer.
Earlier on Tuesday, one of Trump’s advisers, Anthony Scaramucci, suggested that Demagogs might be behind the incidents. When Trump was asked about his plans to address rising anti-Semitism at a news conference earlier this month, he berated the Orthodox Jewish reporter who raised the issue for asking “a very insulting question,” and described himself as “the least anti-Semitic person.” At the same event, Trump claimed that some signs with anti-Semitic tropes or slogans held up at his rallies were created by his opponents, posing as supporters. Trump said told a reporter:
Some of the signs you’ll see are not put up by the people that love or like Donald Trump, they’re put up by the other side. They’ll do signs and drawing that are inappropriate. It won’t be my people. It will be people on the other side to anger people like you.
However, his presidential campaign was threaded with anti-Semitic incidents. In the most notorious one during the election campaign, a Trump supporter during a rally in Phoenix screamed “Jew S A!” (at the media) as the crowd chanted “USA!”
Trump Surrogate Suggests Democrats Could Be Behind Bomb Threats Against Jews
Zaid Jilani, Intercept, Feb 28 2017
Jewish community centers across Pindostan are operating in a climate of fear after a fifth wave of bomb threats aimed at Jews on Monday that targeted at least 13 community centers and eight schools in a dozen states. A top Trump surrogate, hedge funder Anthony Scaramucci, who fundraised for the Trump campaign, joined his transition team, and was in the running for a senior role in the White House, took to Twitter on Tuesday to imply that these threats could be coming from Democrats, rather than from a radical far-right wing that has been emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric and staff choices.
The Trump administration reacted callously last week following a hate crime in Kansas that gained global attention, where a man shot and killed a man of Indian origin and wounded two others, believing them to be Iranian. When asked whether there was any link between the shooter’s beliefs and Trump’s harsh rhetoric against Muslims, the White House declined to even consider the possibility. Sean Spicer replied:
Any loss of life is tragic, but I’m not going to get into like that kind of… To suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd.
Spicer was also asked last week if Trump condemns Islamophobia in general, and he offered no comment, instead making an awkward and telling pivot to the administration’s agenda against “radical Islam.” He replied to a question about Islamophobia:
If you come here or want to express views that seek to do our country or people harm, he’s going to fight it aggressively. So there’s a big difference between preventing attacks and making sure that we keep this country safe, so that there is no loss of life.