The Trump campaign on Sunday strongly condemned an anti-Semitic reporter who yelled “Jew-S-A” at reporters during a Trump rally in Arizona on Saturday, calling it “disgusting” and “completely unacceptable.”
“His conduct is completely unacceptable,” campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Jake Tapper, who asked if she would call the supporter “deplorable.”
“That man’s conduct was deplorable, and had I been there, I would have asked security to remove him immediately. Clearly, he doesn’t speak for the campaign or the candidate, and what he had to say was disgusting,” Conway said.
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In a video circulated on Twitter, a Trump supporter wearing a “Hillary for Prison” t-shirt yelled “Jew-S-A” at reporters in the press pen while the crowd was chanting “U-S-A” during Trump’s speech.
In a statement released immediately after the rally, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, “The campaign strongly condemns this kind of rhetoric and behavior. It is not acceptable at our rallies or elsewhere.”
On State of the Union, Conway pushed back against Tapper’s suggestion that Trump has refused to directly condemn his supporters’ anti-Semitic comments.
“I think that’s incredibly unfair. The campaign I run, Jake, seriously?” Conway asked.
“Not you. But Mr. Trump has refused to condemn in a very serious way his racist and anti-Semitic fans,” Tapper said.
“Yes, he has. He has done that,” Conway insisted. “And let me just repeat on his behalf that that’s the way his campaign feels. Don’t besmirch the good name of the tens of thousands, the millions of Trump supporters.”
Last month, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence refused to label former KKK leader David Duke as “deplorable” not to validate Hillary Clinton’s term used to attack Donald Trump’s supporters. “Donald Trump and I have denounced David Duke repeatedly. We have said that we do not want his support and we do not want the support of people who think like him,” Pence said at a press conference following a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill. “The simple fact is that I am not in the name-calling business. My colleagues in the House of Representatives know that I believe that civility is essential in a vibrant democracy and it’s never been my practice.”