“Anti-Semitism” was among Merriam-Webster’s most-searched words on Thursday, after President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE said at a press conference he is "the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life."

The statement was part of Trump’s response to a Jewish reporter who asked a question about how Trump might address the recent rise of anti-Semitic violence.

“What we are concerned about and what we haven’t really heard you address is the uptick in anti-Semitism and how you intend to take care of it,” said Jake Turx, a reporter for the Jewish publication Ami Magazine.


Trump pushed back, saying it was not a “fair” question.

“It’s not a simple or fair question. Sit down, I understand the rest of your question,” he replied.

“So here’s the story folks, number one, I’m the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” Trump continued. “Number two, racism, the least racist person. In fact we did very well relative to other people running as a Republican.”

“Anti-Semitism” is defined by Merriam Webster as “hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.”

Its earliest known use dates back to a New York-based Jewish publication in 1880.