In case you were unclear as to where the Biden administration actually stands in the Israel-Hamas war, there is not a more perfect example than the way White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre gave a non-responsive answer to this question about whether or not the president is worried about the rise in anti-Semitism.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre talked about “disproportionate” hate crimes against Muslims on Monday when she was asked about Biden’s “level of concern right now about a potential rise in anti-semitism,”
Jean-Pierre not only said that there was no credible specific threat, but then went on to discuss Islamophobia, noting that “Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks.”
Did she not realize that wasn’t the question? What is a perceived Muslim anyway? What does that even mean?
Rather than condemn anti-Semitism, she instantly jumps to defend Muslims. By her response alone, you would think she doesn’t even know what anti-Semitism is.
A better response would be “I have nothing in my briefing book about anti-Semitism.” She didn’t even say the word “Jewish” once, or any word that relates to it.
But this is not just another dumb comment coming from Jean-Pierre. Biden posted about
today but did not mention anti-Semitism. However, one
from a couple of days ago on anti-Semitism did mention Islamophobia.
All that said, the data says otherwise.
Anti-Islamic incidents do not even come close when compared to anti-Jewish incidents. A total of 1,590 incidents related to religious hate were reported to the
in 2021; and over half were anti-Jewish related incidents, while 9.6 percent were anti-Islamic incidents.
During the same briefing, Jean-Pierre also refused to condemn campus anti-Israel protests as anti-Semitic.
When asked if President Biden views “anti-Israel protests and sentiment on college campuses as anti-Semitism,” Jean-Pierre responded by saying “I’m not going to get into what’s happening across the country at different universities.”
Seems like she doesn't really like to get into much of anything.
She added, “The First Amendment right, right? That's something, peaceful protest, is really part of our democracy. Being able for folks to be able to express their feelings. I’m not going to get into any, you know, specifics on that. The president has been very clear in wanting to make sure that Jewish Americans, and wanting to make sure that Arab Americans, Muslims are protected here. That is what he believes in.”
She really said Biden “ has been very clear,” even though we know Sleepy Joe is never clear about anything.
“As it relates to peaceful protesting, people have the right to do that. But we are just not going to get into blow by blows of what’s going on across the country," she said.
I guess we shouldn’t expect much of anything else in regard to her responses. We know the affirmative action hire is not there to answer questions. She is there because she is "the first openly LGBT person and
woman of color to serve as the White House press secretary." In other words, she is there because she is gay. She is not there to answer questions.