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KJP Says She ‘Misheard’ Antisemitism Question

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Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre misheard a question during a White House press briefing, leading to viral criticism.

She appeared to downplay a rise in antisemitism and quickly shifted to condemning anti-Muslim attacks.

Jean-Pierre clarified that she strongly opposes antisemitism and has spoken out against it.

“I appreciate the chance to address this. Yes, I did mishear the question. As I have footstomped many times from the podium and on the air, antisemitism is an abomination that this President has fought against his entire life; and I feel strongly about that work.” Jean-Pierre wrote, in defense of her behavior.

“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,” added the press secretary.

Jean-Pierre claimed, “It’s a threat the President is taking concrete action every day to fight.”

The question that sparked the controversy was about President Biden’s concern regarding antisemitism.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt criticized Jean-Pierre’s response, highlighting the increase in antisemitic incidents.

Greenblatt posted, “Of course, all hate crimes are bad, but the question was about antisemitism. @ADL has tracked a massive increase in antisemitic incidents in the past 2 weeks – on top of the historic levels of anti-Jewish hate we’ve already been seeing.”

Adding, “This is not a matter of politics but of good vs. evil. I’m glad @POTUS gets it – but there should be no confusion here.”

Others, including journalists and politicians, expressed surprise and disappointment with her answer.

Rep. Jared Moskowitz also challenged Jean-Pierre.

“What a weak answer,” posted Moskowitz.

“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,” continued the Florida representative.

Jean-Pierre later clarified that the President and the administration are concerned about the rise in antisemitism and have taken action to combat it.

The FBI’s hate crime data showed a significant increase in reported anti-Jewish hate crimes in 2022.

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