The Jewish man in the center of the media’s portrayal of a scolding by President Donald Trump is putting the brakes on the inaccurate spin of what happened.
The liberal press blasted Trump in an endless supply of stories focusing on his response Thursday to a question from Jake Turx from the Brooklyn based Orthodox Jewish weekly, Ami Magazine.
“Sit down,” the president told Turx after he presented part of his question. “I understand the rest of your question.”
Many media outlets portrayed the exchange negatively, accusing Trump of anti-Semitism.
Amidst all the stomach turning moments of yesterday’s press conference, this is perhaps the hardest to watch. https://t.co/qkoUtel1nN
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 17, 2017
Trump to Jewish reporter at Press Conference: ‘sit down’ https://t.co/n7ecGcOS8w
— William Kolbrener (@OMTorah) February 17, 2017
Just one in a string of gems from today’s press conference
Trump tells Jewish magazine’s reporter to ‘sit down’ https://t.co/mha9UkVm4K
— Lissa Treiman (@lbtreiman) February 16, 2017
But Turx came to the president’s defense, saying he has done an “unprecedented amount of outreach” within the Orthodox Jewish community.
“It is very unfair what’s been done to him,” Turx told Fox News’ Ed Henry on Thursday. “So I understand why he’s so defensive. “I’m with him when it comes to being outraged about him being charged with this anti-Semitism.”
“So many times I’ve seen our colleagues in the media describe certain events in the way it relates to the Jewish community, ” Turx said, “that no one in our community saw it that way.”
Same Jewish reporter went on TV last night and only had good things to say about Trump & press conference. You lose again @nytimes
— Nadine Elhindi (@NadineElhindi) February 17, 2017
As for how he felt being told to “be quiet” and “sit down” by the President of the United States, Turx said his response would “surprise” people.
“I was actually very hopeful because it shows a president who is so committed against this problem of anti-Semitism, that it bothers him on a deep, personal level, ” Turx said. “It makes me very hopeful that he will work together with the community.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also hopeful as he described his meeting with the president at the White House Wednesday as a “historical moment,” as well as “a meeting of the minds and a meeting of the hearts.”
Мне понравилось видео “Sean Hannity Interview with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu” (https://t.co/ox61yQnj3P)
— andrey (@dron573) February 17, 2017
“I feel we have now, as the president says, an even stronger alliance,” the prime minister told Sean Hannity. “A new day, he called it. Maybe a new age.”
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