Anne Frank Center: Trump’s anti-Semitism response ‘too little, too late’

Greg Nash

The Anne Frank Center criticized President Donald Trump’s remarks on anti-Semitism Tuesday as being “too little, too late.”

Trump addressed the recent wave of threats against Jewish community centers while on a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Tuesday morning, which promptly elicited a response from Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Trump’s “statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record,” Goldstein wrote in a Facebook statement.

{mosads}“Make no mistake: The Antisemitism coming out of this Administration is the worst we have ever seen from any Administration.”

Trump insisted earlier in the day that he denounces anti-Semitism “whenever I get a chance.”

“Anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop and it has to stop,” Trump told NBC News.

Goldstein said the president’s words were “too little, too late.”

“And it was only yesterday, President’s Day, that Jewish Community Centers across the nation received bomb threats, and the President said absolutely nothing,” Goldstein added.

The back and forth comes one day after a wave of bomb threats caused 11 Jewish community centers to temporarily close. Such terrorizing phone calls have targeted 54 community centers in 27 states this year alone. Vandals also toppled dozens of headstones on Monday at a historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. 

Federal investigators are looking into the source of the phone threats.  

Jewish groups have been frustrated by what they say is Trump’s lackluster response to the incidents. 

This is not the first time the Anne Frank Center has sharply criticized Trump on the issue of anti-Semitism.

The Center posted a Facebook statement on Monday that charged, “President George Washington was more sensitive to antisemitism in 1790 than President Trump is in 2017.”

And in a post earlier this year, the Goldstein claimed Trump “is driving our nation off a moral cliff.”

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