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KJP is asked layup question about anti-Semitism, but her response is so bad that she is forced to issue statement hours later
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KJP is asked layup question about anti-Semitism, but her response is so bad that she is forced to issue statement hours later

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was forced to issue a clarification Monday of a scandalous response about rising anti-Semitism in the United States.

A reporter asked Jean-Pierre at the daily press briefing if the Biden administration is concerned about rising anti-Semitism "in light of everything that's going on in Israel." But instead of dunking the layup question, Jean-Pierre gave an eyebrow-raising response.

First, she claimed there are no "credible threats" regarding anti-Semitism before pontificating about anti-Islamic sentiment.

"Look, Muslim [sic] and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks. And certainly President Biden understands that many of our Muslim, Arab-Americans, and Palestinian-American loved ones and neighbors are worried about the hate being directed at their communities," Jean-Pierre said.

Not only are year-over-year incidents of anti-Semitism increasing, but Hamas' attack on Israel triggered a new wave of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic protests in the U.S., which have been largely disguised as pro-Palestinian rallies. And, of course, the statements released by student groups at universities across the country speak for themselves.

Jean-Pierre's tone-deaf response received such a significant backlash on social media that she issued a clarification hours after the briefing ended.

"To be clear: the President and our team are very concerned about a rise in antisemitism, especially after the horrific Hamas terrorist attack in Israel," Jean-Pierre posted on X.

Still, Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz (Fla.) was not happy.

"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," he responded. "Of course we are also worried about hatred against Muslim Americans. Must do better."

Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre also fielded questions about university students and anti-Semitism at the briefing. But she dodged those questions also, telling reporters she would not "get into the specifics."

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