White House calls on Dems to condemn 'abhorrent' comments about Israel

Leroy Wright
March 12, 2019

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday danced around questions from reporters about whether President Donald Trump believes Democrats "hate Jewish people", as he reportedly said during a speech to Republican donors Friday.

Asked at the first White House briefing in 42 days about President Trump's comments that Democrats hate Jews, Sanders turned the matter back on Democrats and criticized how they handled Omar's remark that supporters of Israel have an "allegiance to a foreign country". After Sanders said she was not aware of any such conversation, Acosta circled back to the situation with "Democrats and Jewish people", asking if Trump's rhetoric is "beneath" the American people. "It shouldn't be put in a watered-down resolution", she responded.

The exchange was prompted after NBC's Hallie Jackson initially asked Sanders if Trump truly believes that "Democrats hate Jews", following Trump's declaration last week that Democrats are "anti-Israel" and "anti-Jewish". Acosta began an infamous spat about the caravan with Trump during a November briefing that resulted in the White House's temporarily pulling his press credentials.

Trump made the comments after a House resolution failed to call out freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar by name for making statements that some viewed as anti-Semitic.

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Sanders replied, "I think that the real shame in all of this is that Democrats are perfectly capable of coming together and agreeing on the fact that they are comfortable ripping babies straight from a mother's womb or killing a baby after birth - but they have a hard time condemning the type of comments from Congresswoman Omar". "In the midterm elections 82% of the two-party Jewish vote went to Democrats". King had a long history of controversial rhetoric about immigrants, but it was not until he defended white supremacy in an interview with The New York Times that Republicans in Congress moved to strip him of committee assignments and called for his resignation. "Democrats don't hate Jewish people".

CNN's Jim Acosta then pointed out that Trump's own comments after the Charlottesville incident in 2017 referred to "very fine people" on both sides of a conflict between anti-racist protesters and neo-Nazis, essentially saying some Nazis are good people. And I thought that vote was a disgrace and so does everybody else if you get an honest answer.

'As the president is rebuilding our military and strengthening our commitment to our national defense, calling on our allies to live up to their commitments to do more, I think, is a way of ensuring the vitality and the prosperity of the free world, ' Pence said.

SANDERS: Ah, aiya... I speak on behalf of the president.

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