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Trump Condemns ‘Horrible’ Anti-Semitic Threats Amid Increasing Bombs Threats, Vandalism Against Jewish Community

President Donald Trump visits Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture / AP
• February 21, 2017 2:49 pm

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned the recent "horrible" anti-Semitic threats that have been targeting the Jewish community.

Trump spoke at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. after touring the latest Smithsonian building.

"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. "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."

On Monday, Jewish community centers across the country received a fourth wave of bomb threats so far this year. While no one was reportedly hurt or injured, 11 centers had to be evacuated on President's Day, bringing the total threats against Jewish community centers this year to at least 69 at 54 centers in 27 states, the New York Daily News reported.

In a separate incident last week, more than 100 headstones were vandalized at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery, in University City, Mo., Fox affiliate KTVI reported on Monday.

The tombstones that were vandalized were located in an older section of the cemetery, much of which pre-dates 1960.

"These are holocaust survivors that are in here. They shouldn't have to endure anymore trauma, let them be settled," Robin Rickerman told KTVI. Rickerman's great aunts and uncles are buried at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery.

A clean-up effort has been planned, according to the cemetery's executive director, Anita Feigenbaum.

Missouri's governor, Republican Eric Greitens, called the vandalism "despicable" in a Facebook post.