White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday refused multiple opportunities to clarify whether President Trump believes Democrats hate Jewish people, as he publicly suggested last week.
Asked multiple times by White House reporters whether Trump truly believes Democrats harbor hatred toward Jews, Sanders responded: “I think that’s a question you ought to ask the Democrats.”
Asked by MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson for a “Yes” or “No” answer to her question, Sanders again refused to say whether the president believes that Democrats hate Jews.
“I just want to be very clear, you are not answering the question. Is there a reason?” Jackson again asked.
“I believe I answered it twice,” Sanders responded.
“You didn’t say ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ Does he really believe Democrats hate Jews,” Jackson fired back.
“I think that’s a question you ought to ask the Democrats,” Sanders again instructed reporters.
.@HallieJackson: Does President Trump truly believe that Democrats hate Jewish people?
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— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 11, 2019
Reporters also cited Trump’s widely-criticized August 2017 comments that there were “very fine people on both sides” of a Charlottesville, Va., rally where a white supremacist killed a counter-protester.
Asked about those comments, Sanders responded that Trump has “been incredibly clear and consistently and repeatedly condemned hatred, bigotry, racism in all of its forms … and to say otherwise is simply untrue.”
The president told a gathering of Republican donors last Friday that “the Democrats hate Jewish people,” according to Axios.
Trump said last week that Democrats have become the “anti-Jewish party.”