Journalist Peter Doocy asked KJP if Biden puts the pro-terrorist protesters in the same group as MAGA activists. It is one of many tough questions he has produced during the daily briefings.
Doocy wanted to know if Biden considers these anti-Semites to be considered extremists just like he has labeled those who believe in putting America and Americans first. To no one’s surprise, KJPn never answered the question.
“Does President Biden think the anti-Israel protesters in this country are extremists?”
“What I can say, is we’ve been very clear on this. When it comes to antisemitism, there is no place. We have to make sure that we speak against it very loud, and be very clear about that. Remember, when the president decided to run for president, is what he saw in Charlottesville in 2017. He saw neo-Nazis marching down the streets of Charlottesville with vile antisemitic … just hatred, and he was very clear then, and he’s very clear now. He’s taken actions against this over the past two years, and he’s continued be clear: There is no place, no place for this type of vile and this kind of rhetoric.”
Doocy then followed up with:
“We hear you guys, though, talk about extremists all the time, and it’s usually about MAGA extremists. So what about these protesters who are making Jewish students feel unsafe on college campuses. Are they extremists?”
“I’ve been very clear. We are calling out any form of hate, any form of hate,” the press secretary responded. “It is not acceptable, it should not be acceptable here and we are gonna continue to call that out.”
Jean-Pierre then touted how Biden repealed former President Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims from certain countries in the Middle East to help protect against the threat of terrorism, saying the lifting of the ban exemplifies the president’s condemnation of religious discrimination. She then pointed to the inter-policy committee aimed at addressing Islamophobia and antisemitism.
(author) See how she shifted from the plight of the Jews in order to defend Muslims.
Doocy then wondered if the president views the pro-Palestine youths’ political involvement in a positive light.
“Does President Biden look at these anti-Israel protests on college campuses and think, ‘It’s nice to see that the country’s youth are so involved, or does he think the next generation is doomed?” Doocy asked.
“Here’s the thing. There’s no place for hate in America,” Jean-Pierre said.
“But I’m curious what he thinks,” Doocy interjected.
“No, no, no, I’m telling you. There’s no place for hate in America, and we condemn any antisemitic threat or incident in the strongest terms,” she said.
She added the White House is tracking antisemitic threats against Jewish-American students closely and said the White House has a duty to “condemn” these threats.
College students have organized pro-Palestine protests on elite campuses across the U.S. Over thirty student groups at Harvard University wrote a joint letter to notify the school’s administration they blame Israel for the attack and stand in solidarity with Palestine.