At his Wednesday news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Trump responded to a question about anti-Semitism with an answer that didn’t manage to mention anti-Semitism. This has gotten the American Jewish community’s knickers in a bit of a twist.
Let’s see if I can untwist them — with a peek inside the Mind of Trump as he fumbles through his answer.
The question, from an Israeli journalist, was this:
Mr. President, since your election campaign and even after your victory, we’ve seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States. And I wonder what you say to those among the Jewish community in the States, and in Israel, and maybe around the world who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones.
Well, I just want to say that we are very honored by the victory that we had — 306 Electoral College votes. 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.
(Election campaign? I still can’t believe I got just 24 percent of the Jewish vote, six points less than Romney in 2012, for Chrissake. The Iran deal I denounced — Hillary didn’t. Worst deal ever. Didn’t make a difference, even though Jared said it would. Not that I needed their damn votes. I didn’t. Remember that. Ok, move on big fella.)
I will say that we are going to have peace in this country. 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, because lot of bad things have been taking place over a long period of time.
(I remember when Jews were getting mugged in New York. The Pawnbroker. Great movie, one of the best. Rod Steiger, Morgan Freeman. Unbelievable story of Holocaust survivor, Puerto Ricans, violence. And not just Jews, though to hear them talk you’d think so. Like what about the Central Park Five? Sad. But not on my watch.)
I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation. Very divided. And, hopefully, I’ll be able to do something about that. And, you know, it was something that was very important to me.
(Well, yeah, I wouldn’t have won if we’d been all kumbaya. Divided, I conquered. But now, we get rid of the illegals, keep out the Mexicans and the Muslims, no more divisions. I’m on the case, ok?)
As far as people — Jewish people — so many friends,
Some of my best friends actually. Like where would I be without Roy Cohn? And Davy Friedman, another great lawyer of mine, who’ll be the greatest ambassador to Israel ever. Not to mention what’s his name, the cyber-Jew billionaire who’s going to stick it to the so-called “intelligence community.”
a daughter who happens to be here right now, a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren.
Jews every one of them. The no-working-on-Saturday real Jews, not the commie Bernie Sanders so-called Jews. Not, like Bannon says, the whiney ones.
I think that you’re going to see a lot different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years. I think a lot of good things are happening, and you’re going to see a lot of love. You’re going to see a lot of love.
(Should I mention that new Pew poll showing Americans have warmer feelings towards Jews than any other religious group? Nah. Bunch of whiners, won’t believe it. Just: Make love, not anti-Semitism, eh Jared?)
Okay? Thank you.
(And the horse you rode in on.)
Feel better now?
Update: At his solo news conference Thursday, President Trump responded to a question on the same subject with the following clarification:
So here’s the story, folks. Number one, I am the least anti- Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism, the least racist person. In fact, we did very well relative to other people running as a Republican.
Now you know.