Conflict between the administration and the Anne Frank Center continues.
After a long period of silence from the White House in the wake of bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers, the POTUS gave a speech disavowing antisemitism.
But according to the Anne Frank Center, it was "too little, too late."
Steven Goldstein, the Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect posted a statement on Facebook, saying:
The President's acknowledgement is a Band-Aid on the cancer of Antisemitism that has infected his own Administration. 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.
Steven Goldstein, left (CREDIT: jta)
Goldstein mentioned that the recent acts of Antisemitism originates from within the White House.
Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration. The White House repeatedly refused to mention Jews in its Holocaust remembrance, and had the audacity to take offense when the world pointed out the ramifications of Holocaust denial. And it was only yesterday, President’s Day, that Jewish Community Centers across the nation received bomb threats, and the President said absolutely nothing. When President Trump responds to Antisemitism proactively and in real time, and without pleas and pressure, that’s when we’ll be able to say this President has turned a corner. This is not that moment.
But it was a moment for Sean Spicer to immediately come to the president's defense.
The ever loyal Press Secretary spoke out against the Center's statement about Trump on Tuesday's White House press conference.
I think he has been very forceful with his denunciation of people who seek to attack people because of their hate, because — excuse me, because of their religion, because of their gender, because of the color of their skin. This is something that he is going to fight and make very, very clear that has no place in this administration.
But I think it's ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this that it's never good enough. 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 has been very clear previous to this that he wants to be someone that brings this country together and not divide people, especially in those areas.
So I saw that statement. I wish that they had praised the President for his leadership in this area. And I think that hopefully as time continues to go by they recognize his commitment to civil rights, to voting rights, to equality for all Americans.
Unlike Trump's silence on responding to Antisemitic threats, Twitter was quick to respond to Spicer berating the Center.