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Trump denounces 'horrible' threats against Jewish centers

Posted by on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:53 PM
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as "horrible ... painful" and said more must be done "to root out hate and prejudice and evil."

 

Trump made the remarks after touring the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

 

"This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms," Trump said.

 

On Monday, 11 Jewish community centers across the country received phoned-in bomb threats, according to the JCC Association of North America. Like three waves of similar calls in January, Monday's threats proved to be hoaxes, the association said in a statement. In addition, as many as 200 headstones were damaged or tipped over at a Jewish cemetery in suburban St. Louis late Sunday or early Monday.

"The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil," Trump said. He did not outline what that might include.

 

The president's comments marked the first time he had directly addressed recent incidents of anti-Semitism and followed a more general White House denouncement of "hatred and hate-motivated violence."

 

That statement, earlier Tuesday, did not mention the community center incidents or Jews. Trump "has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable," that statement said.

 

The FBI said it is joining with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to investigate "possible civil rights violations in connection with threats."

 

On Monday, Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter, "We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers," and used the hashtag #JCC. She converted to Judaism ahead of her 2009 marriage to Jared Kushner. She joined her father at the African American museum tour.

 

Throughout his campaign, Trump was criticized for what some saw as belated and inadequately forceful denunciations of hateful rhetoric by supporters.

Early Tuesday, former presidential rival Hillary Clinton pressured him to clearly denounce recent incidents. "JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS," she said on Twitter.

 

The White House was also criticized by Jewish groups last month after issuing an International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that did not mention Jews.

 

Trump's latest remarks came as he paid a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture with a group that included Ben Carson, his rival-turned-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

 

The museum includes an exhibit dedicated to Carson's rise from poverty to prominent pediatric neurosurgeon, which the group stopped to admire and pose for photos in front of.

 

"Honestly, it's fantastic," Trump said during the tour. "I've learned and I've seen and they've done an incredible job."

 

Trump's wife Melania Trump visited the museum last week with Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli prime minister.

 

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Associated Press writer Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report from Washington. AP writer Patrick Mairs contributed from Philadelphia.

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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Feb. 21, 2017 at 12:54 PM
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It's good he has finally spoken out against it.  Journalists have only been asking him about these issues for the last two weeks or more.  

Ms.KitKat
by on Feb. 21, 2017 at 1:02 PM
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2 sentences are just not enough

the op cites: Trump "has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable," that statement said.

Nope- not seeing it.

cynnie22
by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 1:14 PM

I guess it was Clinton's suggestion he say something that finally pushed me over the edge.  

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

It's good he has finally spoken out against it.  Journalists have only been asking him about these issues for the last two weeks or more.  


"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."
So must we all. (HRC)
owl0210
by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 1:42 PM
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Too little too late.
cynnie22
by Silver Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 1:47 PM
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Why do you think it takes him so long to denounce evil deeds?  

Do you all remember when he pretended not to know who David Duke was?  And when he had to be pressured into denouncing his endorsement?  

Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 4:54 PM
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To quote PRI's The World, "Today President Trump denounced antisemitic acts, finally."

Took long enough and for his DD & election rival to do so. Pathetic timing as well as I understand it.
bluefirewolf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 5:39 PM
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if his daughter or the temple she goes to was threatened oh you wouldn't believe how he would yugely make bigly words condemning it - but so far that hasn't happened because the shitwads doing these things love trump

lizzielouaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 5:41 PM
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My people only matter to him when we are counting his money.
cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Feb. 21, 2017 at 5:42 PM
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Says the man who has appointed a white supremacist as his chief strategest.....try again Donald. 

lizzielouaf
by Platinum Member on Feb. 21, 2017 at 5:50 PM
Something something CNN lies...or whatever

Quoting cjsbmom:

Says the man who has appointed a white supremacist as his chief strategest.....try again Donald. 

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