Anne Frank Center Slams President Trump's Anti-Semitism Remarks: 'Too Little, Too Late'

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 22, 2017

'I do all the time. "I think a lot of good things are happening".

Spicer then defended the president as several questioners wondered why he hadn't spoken sooner.

"Anti-Semitism is disgusting. And it's gonna stop and it has to stop", the commander in chief added to NBC News. And it has to stop'.

But with 69 threats targeting over 50 Jewish Community Centers in 27 states this year alone, critics said the president's statement is late and want more details of his plans.

"The President's sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration", a statement posted to the Anne Frank Center's Facebook page read. Similar threats have been made to Jewish schools in recent weeks, and last Thursday vandals in suburban St. Louis knocked over dozens of headstones in a Jewish cemetery. All of the threats turned out to be hoaxes. The same day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that, along with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, it was investigating the threats for possible civil rights violations.

Goldstein chided Trump in his statement for saying "absolutely nothing" about those incidents yesterday.

Trump's serious address of the issue feels like a 180 degree turn from last week's press conference, where he snapped at and dismissed a Jewish reporter who asked about the rise of hate crimes. This is not that moment'. It said Trump "has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable".

Lamenting that the Anne Frank Center didn't praise Trump for his "leadership" in this area, Spicer continued, he hopes to see the organization recognize Trump's "commitment to civil rights, to voting rights, to equality to all Americans".

Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president and a convert to Judaism before her marriage to Trump advisor Jared Kushner, wrote on Twitter Monday, "We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers".

On Tuesday, during a visit to the African American History Museum, the President spoke to this point directly. Many have attributed those acts of intolerance to Trump's hostility toward Muslims and undocumented immigrants.

The next day, Trump shouted down a reporter for an Orthodox Jewish paper in Brooklyn, New York, who asked him what the administration meant to do about the bomb threats and hate crime uptick.

Michele Jawando, from think-tank the Centre for American Progress, told Sky News she thought Mr Trump should have spoken up earlier.

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