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Asked About Antisemitism, Karine Jean-Pierre Talks About Hate Crimes Against Muslims Instead

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Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a press briefing, Friday, November 5, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday was asked about rising antisemitism, and her response was to talk about “disproportionate” hate crimes against Muslims.

Here is a clip from a remarkable exchange during today’s press briefing. Asked the president’s “level of concern right now about a potential rise in antisemitism,” Jean-Pierre first discussed how there was no credible specific threat, but then pivoted to discussing Islamophobia, noting that “Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks.” (If you don’t want to just rely on the RNC clip below, C-Span has the entire press briefing, with the relevant portion at around the 45-minute mark.)

Just over two weeks removed from the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust, with antisemitic incidents on the rise on college campuses and U.S. cities, with synagogues and Jewish schools closing in response to terrorist threats, that the White House has to deflect questions about antisemitism by focusing on threats to Muslims is simply sick.

And it isn’t even a one-off. Earlier today, I had observed that when mentioning antisemitism, Biden had to explicitly mention Islamophobia, but he does not mention the threat to Jews when calling out Islamophobia.

It is also worth noting, regarding Jean-Pierre’s statement about disproportionate attacks on Muslims, actual statistical evidence. While it’s true that Muslims, who make up about 1 percent of the population, were the victims of about 10 percent of anti-religious hate crimes in 2021, per FBI data, Jews, who are about 2 percent of the population, are the victims of 51 percent of such crimes.

When, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, anybody attempted to assert that “all lives matter,” they were shouted down as racist. The argument was that doing so downplayed the unique threat of racism to black Americans and hijacked the conversation at a time when the national attention was turning to a focus on racism in the criminal-justice system.

By trying to turn the October 7 massacre — in which Jews were targeted specifically for being Jewish — into a universal lesson about hate and the need to combat Islamophobia, the Biden administration is downplaying the threat of antisemitism and making American Jews less safe.

Philip Klein is the editor of National Review Online.

Reprinted with Permission from National Review – By Philip Klein

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PaulE
PaulE
7 months ago

When an administration does its hiring based solely on artificial social constructs like diversity, social justice or so-called inclusion over say something as basic as competency to do one’s job requirements well, this is what you get. I would think after almost 3 years of this administration hiring solely on the former rather than the latter, this would be the expected outcome from any and all public interactions this administration conducts. So far, this administration has not disappointed my extremely low expectations of it. If anything, this administration has found ways to plum even lower depths of competency than one would have ever dreamed of.

There is a reason why we have become the laughingstock of the entire civilized world with incompetents like our current WH press secretary uttering inane remarks on a daily basis.

Barb Zack
Barb Zack
7 months ago

Her response was jaw dropping and despicable. And sounded like something Barack Obama would say.

anna hubert
anna hubert
7 months ago

Predictable and pathetic If we consider the source what else could be expected. Facts?

Jeri
Jeri
7 months ago

Affirmative Action hire…should explain everything.

Ka-Tay LuCille Bennett
Ka-Tay LuCille Bennett
7 months ago

Is she a Muslim? If not, sounds like she’s voicing biased opinion instead of answering the question.

Jackie
Jackie
7 months ago

Does this woman ever actually answer the question asked of her?? She got an A+ in the course of “Dancing around or manipulate the audience questions to your agenda”!!!! Does anyone in this administration ever take the side of America, Americans or our issues??

LMB
LMB
7 months ago

HAMAS and Palestinians are one in the same! Palestinians and HAMAS live in the same Gaza Strip! Both are and promote Terrorism!! The removal of this evil den of Terrorist needs to be eliminated!
Question: Has anyone heard or seen any Jewish Terrorist groups?! Crickets!!!

Nancy
Nancy
7 months ago

I wish someone would ask this propagandist which religious group faces more violence and hatred according to FBI than all others this year and go back year by year….it’s those of the Jewish faith. It’s the same pattern that happened after 9/11…distraction..

Morbious
Morbious
7 months ago

I dont believe the fbi and of course this brain dead cretin spouts inanities. Jews have been the targets of race hate since before any moslems came here. My guess is that purported attacks on moslems are cooked up to form a template. Only the skilled use of weapons keep israel alive and the same goes for american jews, whether they realize it or not.

J. FARLEY
J. FARLEY
7 months ago

Karine Jean-Pierre — Explained – Idiot

lew
lew
7 months ago

damn hamas

Dee
Dee
7 months ago

KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: “Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks” – What I read in the media and see on TV are mostly attacks against the Jews. There are lots of rallies against them as well. What does this nincompoop talking about?

Thomas
Thomas
7 months ago

From a child you get child responses

Lilli
Lilli
7 months ago

This woman, UGH – I just want to raise my hand and say “talk to the hand”

Ben
Ben
7 months ago

Bible said in his word is bless those who bless Israel. The major news has a problem not speaking the truth or having their facts right breeding hate and teaching our young people to hate Israel Diluted Mind hate what was is good and support that which is evil witch is Hamas terrorist group and anybody who supports Israel is evil .

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
7 months ago

This (mis)administration has a habit of misdirecting blame! And they focus on FAKE “hate crimes” [BTW, Which crimes are based on LOVE?] to Muslims, gays, trannies, and liberal blacks.
Remember Jussie Smollett? They report the “crime” but bury the ruth about its fabrication!

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
7 months ago

gee I thought it could not be a hate crime unless it was a black american? it suddenly changes because the democrats have been caught being antisemitic?

well if the rules changed then that means that all the democrats antisemitic statements, including the press Secretary’s are now hate crimes. all those blacks beating ans killing whites are not hate crimes. ok.

Well drug addict over dose victim George Floyd move over we got a pile of old hate crimes to charge black people with; including the white house press secretary!

Toni Jacques
Toni Jacques
7 months ago

What about the Israeli people?

Irv C
Irv C
7 months ago

Israel !!!!!!! The question is when do we help with this war? I say today

Irv C
Irv C
7 months ago

ISRAEL ????????????????

johnh
johnh
7 months ago

The WH press secretary is speaking on behalf of POTUS Biden & therefore responses are a direct reflection of this administration. If this secretary does not relay the message that the boss wants, then they get replaced by another. How many different WH press secretaries have we seen in the past 20-years & it was probably said something the bosses did not like.
You can blame Pierre , but she is just the messenger.

Tony
Tony
7 months ago

She is the most useless human being to ever grace this planet…

heil biden
heil biden
7 months ago

KARINE JEAN PIERRE GRADUATED WITH HONORS FROM THE DEMORAT JOESPH GOEBBELS SCHOOL OF BROADCASTING

Jackie
Jackie
7 months ago

This woman was the perfect choice for that job – she repeats the Democrat talking points and never actually answers a question!!! Is this what you get when you hire strictly according to the Democrat rules of inclusion, equity and diversity?? If so, this proves that the DEI doesn’t work!!!

eles shub
eles shub
7 months ago

woah…. her non answer said it all….is she as dumb as we all know? does she not see the protests in the news against Israel…she is such a phony just like the entire biden admin

Tplorable
Tplorable
7 months ago

Man, is she dumb!

johnh
johnh
7 months ago

HAMAS is the muslin faction that put out statement on Oct 8th ” Israel believes in living and we believe in death as that makes us a martyr. And atrocities of beheading children does not belong in the present civilization & is wrong.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
7 months ago

Since the Holocaust, the Biden Admin is also worried about increased violence against Nazis.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
7 months ago

The U S neds to doma frst class sweep and get rid of all these people like her. We used to have a pretty good country , till they let all these forigners in. Kyle L.

Cross
Cross
7 months ago

Woke Karen Wakey Wakey.. maybe those rag mop Curls are to tight on your head???

Cross
Cross
7 months ago

The way things are going do not be surprised if Kameltoe and Kryin Karine are the next President and Vice President with Kommie Newsome Speaker .. guarantee 82 million sheep will vote for this. Hell 82 million voted for Pastey China Biden.

Dennis Math
Dennis Math
7 months ago

I refuse to aid Stymies lesbian granddaughter but the creature does bring up something of importance. Both sides of the conflict in Israel have legit beefs and both parties are guilty. The US should have NOTHING to do with the eons old conlict going on between the two belief system radical ideologists. Israel is of no strategic importance to the US other than their being a proxy in our ongoing fight to remain the hegemon of the worlds energy supply and that crap needs to stop seeing as how we always end up getting our sides asses kicked and our own.Just leave the US and my money out of this fight. Let the two sets of weirdos kill themselves as that seems to be the only thing they live for. I want to keep my money or at least have it spent on bettering the lives of US Citizens. To hell with Israel and to hell with the Palestinians. Heck, why not go to some backwater in Alabama and aid in the fight between ideological branches of the Southern Baptists? Clown world is what we live in that is most certain

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