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Trump Lashes Out At Ultra-Orthodox Reporter After Softball Question About Anti-Semitism

A reporter for a small ultra-Orthodox publication’s dream turned into a nightmare today when President Trump called on him during a rare solo press conference — and then slammed him.

The reporter, Jake Turx, had long wanted to participate in such a high-level event, even publicly begging spokesman Sean Spicer to call on him.

He asked Trump about the uptick in anti-Semitism in the United States — but only after carefully and at length reassuring the president that nobody in his own community, or on staff at Ami magazine, felt Trump personally was anti-Semitic.

Yet an accusation of personal anti-Semitism was all that Trump seemed to hear from Turx. He let loose with a flood of well-rehearsed lines.

“Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person you have ever seen in your entire life,” he said.

“Number two, racism. I am the least racist person… [Turx] said he was going to ask a straightforward question,” Trump harrumphed. “Well, welcome to the land of the media. I hate the charge.”

“You heard Netanyahu, Bibi,” Trump continued, alluding to yesterday’s joint press conference with the Israeli prime minister. “He said, ‘I’ve known Donald a long time,’ and he said ‘Forget it,’” Trump concluded, referring to the change of anti-Semitism.

He told Turx to sit down, and Turx did so, taking to Twitter right away to start the process of rehabilitating himself.

Contact Helen Chernikoff at[email protected]


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