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The White House on Monday condemned what it called the “antisemitic” and “insulting” remarks by former President Donald Trump about American Jews over the weekend, saying they must “be called out.”
Watch the briefing in the player above.
Trump on Sunday criticized American Jews on his social media platform Truth Social for failing to appreciate all he says he has done for Israel. Trump then issued a warning that they need to “get their act together” before “it is too late!”
Speaking at the White House briefing Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre slammed Trump’s comments calling them, “antisemitic, as you all know, and insulting both to Jews and to our Israeli allies.”
“But let’s be clear, for years now, Donald Trump has aligned with extremists and antisemitic figures and it should be called out,” she said.
Jean-Pierre was also asked about offers from the rapper formerly known as Kanye West to buy right-wing friendly social network Parler shortly after getting locked out of Twitter and Instagram for antisemitic posts.
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The press secretary declined to comment about the potential purchase saying only the White House will “continue to condemn that type of language.”
“At the end of the day it is disgusting and … there is no room, absolutely no room, no place in our political discourse to be having that type of really vile conversation or comments being made,” she said.
The rapper legally known now as Ye was blocked from posting on Twitter and Instagram a week ago over antisemitic posts that the social networks said violated their policies. In one post on Twitter, Ye said he would soon go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” according to internet archive records, making an apparent reference to the U.S. defense readiness condition scale known as DEFCON.
Jean-Pierre also defended President Biden’s political travel schedule just three weeks before the crucial midterm elections, insisting, “he’s been on the road nonstop” and “takes this very seriously.”
Biden has faced criticism by some for traveling less than many of his predecessors to help candidates in tough congressional seats.
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