Trump Brags About Electoral College After Reporter Asks If He’s Inspiring Anti-Semitism (VIDEO)

Trump Brags About Electoral College After Reporter Asks If He’s Inspiring Anti-Semitism (VIDEO)

The 45th president of the United States held a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Wednesday. As is typical for Donald Trump, his response to reporters was low on policy specifics, though he caved completely to Israel’s position on Palestinian sovereignty. Trump also engaged in outright lies and evaded questions. One very awkward and telling moment came when an Israeli reporter that Netanyahu called on asked Trump about the anti-Semitism that has been growing since Trump’s election.

“Since your election campaign, and even after your victory, we’ve seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States. And I wonder what do you say to those among the Jewish community in the States and in Israel and maybe around the world, who believe and feel that your administration is playing with xenophobia and maybe racist tones?”

From one angle, Netanyahu appeared to shake his head as the reporter asked the question, as if communicating he didn’t like it. Following this bluntly accusatory question, Trump tossed a word salad of self-congratulatory evasion. He said,

“Well I just want to say that we are, you know, very honored by the victory that we had. 306 Electoral College votes. We were not supposed to crack 220. You know that, right? There was no way to 221, but then they said there’s no way to 270. And there’s tremendous enthusiasm out there. I will say that we are going to have peace in this country. We are going to stop crime in this country. We are going to do everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism and every other thing that’s going on. There’s a lot of bad things that have been taking place over a long period of time.

“I think one of the reasons I won the election is we have a very, very divided nation. Very divided. And hopefully I’ll be able to do something about that. And I, you know, it was something that was very important to me. As far as 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 3, 4 or 8 years. I think a lot of good things are happening. And you’re going to see a lot of love. You’re going to see a lot of love. Okay? Thank you.”

This non-answer is a classic example of how it’s never clear what, exactly, Trump is talking about. For example, who is “they”, what is “every other thing that’s going on,” what are the “bad things” and the “good things”? It’s also never clear if he is actually not in control of what he says or if he is intentionally using something akin to hypnosis techniques to make the hearer think they’re listening to an answer. Either way, Trump’s signature speaking style is just forcing everyone to drink from a firehose of buzzwords that resembles political rhetoric in American vernacular with the occasional tells of an impostor not quite pulling it off.

Trump is lucky, in a way, that Netanyahu happens to also be a far right demagogue, and that he seems to think that he can eat Trump for breakfast in negotiations over settlements and Jerusalem’s status. If a more politically moderate Israeli leader had been standing next to Trump as he answered a question about the anti-Semitism corresponding with his rise to power by saying “306 Electoral College votes. … So many friends,” it could have been a major diplomatic embarrassment.

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Marc Belisle is the Reverb Press World Affairs Editor. He is a writer, activist and teacher. He has a Master's degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies. READ MORE BY MARC.