Director of Anne Frank Center Says Trump Is Anti-Semitic


Steven Goldstein, the director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, lambasted President Trump and conservative commentator Kayleigh McEnany on CNN Tuesday night.

"He had a chance to speak out against the desecration of Jewish cemeteries this week, and he didn't. He had a chance to speak out against bomb threats against JCCs, and he didn't," Goldstein said. "Today when he was forced, obviously by some staffers because it came several news cycles after, he finally spoke out."

"Is our country so lower in its expectations of what to expect from a president, that we are supposed to say, ‘Congratulations Mr. President, you recognize anti-Semitism,'" he continued. "That's pathetic."

McEnany said Trump has condemned anti-Semitism before, when he said he "wants peace in this country and to stop crime and long-simmering racism." She added that the term anti-Semitism is loosely thrown around.

"I've got to ask you straight on, so you think the president does not like Jews and is prejudiced against Jews? You think that about the president of the United States?" McEnany asked Goldstein.

"You bet!" Goldstein replied.

Trump's daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism and married Jared Kushner, who is Jewish and also one of Trump's most trusted advisers.

"Does he hate his daughter? Does he hate his son-in-law?" McEnany asked.

"You know what, Kayleigh? I am tired of commentators like you from the Right trotting out his daughter, trotting out his son-in-law as talking points against the president's anti-Semitism," Goldstein said.

McEnany again brought up Trump's daughter.

"You are using fake news arguments," he said. "Shame on you!"

McEnany also mentioned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised Trump.

"He stood next to the prime minister of Israel who said, ‘I've known this man my whole life, essentially, Donald Trump, and he is the greatest defender of the Jewish people I know,’" McEnany said. "And I think it's very sad that we have liberal commentators, Steve in particular, who is using charges, vile charges like anti-Semitism and racism with no evidence behind it."

"I weep for you," Goldstein said.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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