In an attempt to address the criticism regarding her blatant ant-Semitic, Jean-Pierre posted a response on social media. She stated, “To be clear: the President and our team are very concerned about a rise in anti-Semitism, especially after the horrific Hamas terrorist attack in Israel. That’s why the President mobilized his homeland security team to address any potential threats that could harm Jewish communities, as well as Muslim, Arab American, and Palestinian American communities.”
To be clear: the President and our team are very concerned about a rise in antisemitism, especially after the horrific Hamas terrorist attack in Israel. https://t.co/oMeFDmZK66
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) October 23, 2023
However, her response on social media failed to impress her critics, who had questioned her earlier response during the press briefing. Critics, including Megyn Kelly and Karol Markowicz, took issue with the perceived lack of direct acknowledgment of the rise in anti-Semitism from the White House podium.
During the press briefing, when pressed about the rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric and demonstrations in the United States, Jean-Pierre had initially pivoted to address anti-Muslim hate. She stated, “We have not seen any credible threats,” regarding the possibility of Jews in the United States being targeted. “But look, Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks.”
This pivot drew further criticism, with some, like former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, characterizing it as tone-deaf. Critics argued that Jean-Pierre’s response did not effectively address the question about anti-Semitism, and they voiced concerns about the administration’s sensitivity to the issue.
Representative Jared Moskowitz also expressed disappointment in the response, stating, “What a weak answer. And why are you looking in the book? What’s the approved answer? The simple answer is yes, you are concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism. Of course, we are also worried about hatred against Muslim Americans. Must do better.”
“What is [Biden’s] level of concern right now about a potential rise of antisemitism?”
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: “Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks” pic.twitter.com/q1WYkpbKmn
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 23, 2023