WHITE HOUSE: During a press conference today, President Donald Trump was discussing the medias bias towards his administration and deriding a previous reporter from asking a convoluted question. Trump asked for a straight forward and friendly question and reporter for Ami Magazine, Jake Turx, raised his hand and said he had a very friendly question and “I have been good to you the entire campaign Mr. President”
Turx proceeded to ask Trump about the rise of Antisemitism in America since his presidency.
“Despite what some of my colleagues have been reporting, I haven’t see anyone in my community accuse either yourself or anyone in your staff of being anti-Semitic. We understand that you have Jewish grandchildren, you are their Zayde. However what we are concerned about and what we haven’t heard being addressed is an uptick in Antisemitism and how the government is planning to take care of it. There have been reports that bomb threats have been made against Jewish Centers all across the country the last couple of weeks….There are people who are committing anti-Semitic acts or threatening to…”
Not liking that it was not a “straight and simple” question or the premise of the reporters question, which questioned the president on a supposed rise in anti-Semitism since the presidential election, Trump cut the reporter off and told him to sit down “I understand the rest of your question. Number one: I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” Trump said.
“Number two, racism. The least racist person,… see he lied and said he was going to get up and ask a very straight, simple questions so welcome to the world of the media.”
Trump continued, “Let me just tell you something, I hate the charge, I hate even the questions, I find it repulsive because people that know me, and you heard the Prime Minister, Netanyahu, yesterday, did you hear him? Bibi. So you should take that instead of asking a very insulting questions like that”
“We are not accusing you of anything” Turx shot back.
Jake Turx, later tweeted that Trump misunderstood his question and he would be seeking clarification.
President Trump clearly misunderstood my question. This is highly regretful and I’m going to seek clarification. #TrumpNewsConference
— Jake Turx (@JakeTurx) February 16, 2017
Ami Magazine last drew national attention when the front cover of their publication depicted the White House draped in Nazi flags with Nazi storm troopers marching in front.
“The swastika is the present day symbol of Nazism and we did it to make a journalistic statement about the spread of neo-Nazism,” said Rabbi Yitzchak Frankfurter, the magazine’s publisher and editor-in-chief. “The White House was used as a symbol of the U.S. and not to suggest anything about the present administration or its occupants.”
At the time, Rabbi Avi Shafran, director of public affairs for Agudas Israel of America, said in an email that he was “taken aback” by the cover.