Ivanka Trump took to twitter this morning to condemn the wave of Anti-Semetic attacks across the United States.
Ivanka, who has converted to Judaism before marrying her Jewish husband, reached out by saying: “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers.
This is in response to a wave of bomb threats hitting Jewish community centers all across the United States, and acts of vandalism, including yesterday’s desecration of a Jewish cemetery.
Last week, President Trump was asked about his views on the matter during a press conference. The president responded by saying, “As far as people, Jewish people, so many friends; a daughter who happens to be here right now; a son-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren. I think that you’re going to see a lot different United States of America over the next three, four or eight years. I think a lot of good things are happening.”
The New York Times further reports:
“Since the beginning of this year, we’ve seen four waves of these threats — we’ve never seen that before,” said David Posner, the director of strategic performance at the JCC Association of North America. Just one community center reported such a threat in all of 2016, he said.
The centers threatened on Monday were in Albuquerque; Birmingham, Ala.; Buffalo; Chicago; Cleveland; Houston; Milwaukee; Nashville; St. Paul; Tampa, Fla.; and Tulsa, Okla. Like the earlier threats, they were deemed hoaxes, but not before several of the centers were evacuated as a precaution.
Mr. Trump has been criticized as slow to condemn anti-Semitic comments, and his candidacy was hailed by white nationalists and white supremacists throughout 2016.
On Thursday, at his first lengthy news conference alone as president, Mr. Trump was asked by a reporter for a Jewish magazine how the government plans to respond to the increase in such anti-Semitic incidents. The president responded angrily, saying the question was “insulting” and that he was the “least anti-Semitic person in the world.”