Donald Trump has faced harsh criticism due to his previous response that denounced a recent wave of anti-Semitic crimes.
Trump had been asked on multiple occasions about a rise in anti-Semitic crimes following his election. Once during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, where he went on to brag about his electoral votes and completely ignore the question.
“I just want to say that we are very honored by the victory that we had — 316 Electoral College votes,” he said at the time. “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.”
And another was when a reporter asked a similar question on Thursday at a press conference. Trump seemed to take it personal and lashed out at the reporter, telling him to “sit down” and saying the question was “not a simple question, not a fair question.”
“I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism, the least racist person,” Trump said, even as the reporter made it clear he was not accusing Trump personally of anti-Semitism.
Trump spoke with NBC News and decided to finally answer the question, calling the attacks “horrible” and “painful” and claiming that they are “going to stop.”
“Anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish communities and our Jewish community centers are horrible and are painful,” Trump said, adding that “it is going to stop.”
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 21, 2017