Chuck Todd, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," criticized Donald Trump's failure to denounce anti-Semitism after a Jewish reporter asked the president about the issue at a press conference on Thursday.
Chuck Todd to Trump: "Make it clear that not only are you not anti-Semitic, but that you reject people who are, even if they voted for you" pic.twitter.com/sfG3ZNyKna— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) February 16, 2017
Jake Turx, a reporter for the ultra-Orthodox Ami Magazine, asked Trump about the administration's plan to handle the rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States. Trump cut off the reporter, saying that the question was not a fair one. "I'm the least anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life," Trump answered.
The "least anti-Semitic person" would respectfully answer this very real question about anti-Semitic attacks. pic.twitter.com/eHNYFAyc4E— Matt Wilstein (@TheMattWilstein) February 16, 2017
Todd condemned Trump's reaction, saying that his denial of having anti-Semitic views is not enough. "Please make it clear that not only are you not an anti-Semite, but that you reject people who are, even if they did vote for you," Todd said.
The host then took aim at the so-called alt-right, a name currently embraced by some white supremacists and white nationalists who on occasion supported Trump during the election. "Could it be that the president needs and welcomes the support of this 'alt-right' and some of the less enlightened people that reside there when it comes to what they think of people of the Jewish faith?" Todd asked.
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