White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is under fire for what lawmakers called a “weak” response to a question over the concern of the rise in anti-Semitism, Politico reports.
At an Oct. 23 briefing, Jean-Pierre said the White House had not seen “any credible threats” when a reporter asked about the administration’s level of concern about increasing anti-Semitism. She then continued to address “hate-fueled attacks” against Muslim and Arab Americans.
In a statement, Jean-Pierre admitted to mishearing the question.
“As I have footstomped many times from the podium and on the air, anti-Semitism is an abomination that this president has fought against his entire life, and I feel strongly about that work,” she said. “That’s why, in the briefing room, I have blasted the repulsive increase in antisemitic rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and hate crimes in our nation, calling out that, tragically, this is a rising threat.”
Congressman Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), who is Jewish, called Jean-Pierre out on X, formerly known as Twitter, over her answer.
What a weak answer. And why are you looking in the book? What’s the approved answer? The simple answer is yes, you are concerned about the rise of antisemitism. Of course, we are also worried about hatred against Muslim Americans. Must do better. https://t.co/RdYhPTFpHa
During a CNN interview, another Jewish congresswoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said Jean-Pierre’s response was “clearly a whiff” and alluded to the fact that President Biden “could not possibly be standing more strongly with Israel.”
After the death of 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume, Biden denounced anti-Semitism and Islamophobia during a speech. “We can’t stand by and stand silent when this happens,” he said.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has instructed lawyers across the country to keep in contact with state and local officials for threats against Jewish, Muslim, and Arab communities.
Source: Black Enterprise