Trump vowed to cure America’s social ailments and bring love to the land.
President Donald Trump promised to heal America’s social divides, “bring peace to the country” and show “a lot of love” in the face of mounting anti-Semitic trends in the country.
Trump made the remarks while taking questions from reporters during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Wednesday.
“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?” the reported asked.
Trump responded to the allegation by saying that he has “so many [Jewish] friends, a daughter [Ivanka, who converted to Judaism] who happens to be here right now, a son-in-law [Jared Kushner], 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, and you’re going to see a lot of love. You’re going to see a lot of love,” he added, somewhat ambiguously.
In the 10 days after Trump’s victory, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a US rights advocacy group, documented 867 racist incidents in the US, of which it classified 100 as anti-Semitic. The trend has since reversed and subsided.
“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, because a lot of bad things have been taking place over a long period of time,” he stated.
“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, you know, it was something that was very important to me,” he added.
By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News