During a wild press conference Thursday afternoon, Trump was asked by a reporter how the Trump administration is going to address anti-Semitic attacks, referring to reports about dozens of bomb threats against Jewish businesses, schools, and day care centers in recent weeks since he took office. So here's the story folks, number one, I'm the least anti-Semitic person you've ever seen in your entire life.
The president refused to listen to the reporter's full question, instead interrupting him and assuring the audience that he is "the least anti-Semitic person".
The president then said Turx "lied" about asking "a straight, simple question".
During a White House press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump appeared confident his campaign rhetoric wasn't offensive.
"We're going to do everything in our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other thing that's going on, because a lot of bad things have been taking place over a long period of time", Mr Trump said.
As the reporter was explaining the issue, Trump stuck out his hand, saying, "He said he was going to ask a very simple, easy question". "So, you know, welcome to the world of the media".
In November, Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the US-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said: "The American Jewish community has not seen this level of anti-Semitism in mainstream political and public discourse since the 1930s".
"You will see a very different America", he said. We're talking about a rise in anti-Semitism around the country. As Vox's Yochi Dreazen later wrote, "Donald Trump is openly trafficking in the types of anti-Semitic slurs that have been used to justify the hatred of Jews for decades".
At the tail end of his 96-minute press conference earlier today, an agitated Donald Trump, visibly rattled after a bombardment of tough Russian Federation and national security-related inquiries, craved the solace of an easy question from an admiring questioner.
Turx prefaced his question by saying he hasn't seen "anyone in my community accuse either yourself or anyone on your staff of being anti-Semitic". "It will be people on the other side to anger people like you".
Trump also tried to invoke his family ties, citing his Jewish daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. "This is highly regretful and I'm going to seek clarification". The president must have actually heard and comprehended the first half of Turx's question, since he explicitly thanked him for it.
He never mentioned anti-Semitism, much less condemned it.