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Jewish Reporter Responds To Conway’s ‘Bizarre’ Question About His Ethnicity

Reporter Andrew Feinberg said Tuesday night that his interaction with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, in which she asked him about his ethnicity, was “bizarre.”

“It’s not the first time she’s asked me an irrelevant or inappropriate question in response to one of my questions,” Feinberg told CNN. “Around the Fourth of July, when I asked her why the RNC was handing out tickets to a supposedly non-political event, she asked if I knew why we celebrate the Fourth of July. And she’s done this before. It’s not unusual for her to do something like that. But, this time it was a little weirder than normal.”

Feinberg, a reporter for Breakfast Media, was among a number of reporters on White House grounds who tried to ask Conway whether President Trump’s tweets telling congresswoman of color to “go back” to their countries of origin was racist.

“If the president was not telling these four congresswoman to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?” asked Feinberg, who is Jewish.

“What’s your ethnicity?” Conway responded.

Feinberg asked why that was relevant, and Conway responded, “Because I’m asking you a question. My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy.”

Feinberg tweeted after the interaction that he didn’t think Conway was being anti-Semitic. Conway subsequently claimed on Twitter that the interaction was “meant with no disrespect.”

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor of the Forward. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @aidenpink

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