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‘Anti-Semitism’ searches surge after Trump press conference


“Anti-Semitism” was among Merriam-Webster’s most-searched words on Thursday, after President Donald Trump 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.

{mosads}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.



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