After weeks of public pressure, Donald Trump finally acknowledged the anti-Semitism that has exploded across the country since he was elected president. For Stephen Goldstein, executive director for The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, Tuesday’s statement was far too little, far too late.
“The President’s sudden acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration,” Goldstein wrote in a Facebook post. “His statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record.”
Sean Spicer was later confronted by Goldstein’s comments during Tuesday’s press briefing. He responded with the kind of petulance and belligerance we’ve come expect from the Trump White House.
“I think that it’s ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this that it’s never good enough,” Spicer said. “Today, I think, was an unbelievably forceful comment by the President as far as his denunciation of the actions that are currently targeted towards Jewish community centers. But I think that he’s been very clear previous to this.”