MSNBC’s Chuck Todd used the creepy “I’m Obsessed With” segment of Thursday’s “Meet the Press” to blast President Donald Trump for not going far enough to denounce anti-Semitism during yesterday’s press conference.
“I’m unfortunately obsessed about something the president didn’t say and what he has to say about anti-Semitism in the United States, or more to the point, what he didn’t say about anti-Semitism in the United States,” Todd confessed.
He then played a clip of Trump’s response to a question regarding an “uptick in anti-Semitism and how the government is planning to take care of it,” with reporter Jake Turx noting that there have been dozens of bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers across the country within the last few weeks.
“Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” Trump fired back. Considering that he campaigned on a pro-Israel platform and has enjoyed a much stronger relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than former President Barack Obama could have dreamed, Trump’s statement appeared genuine.
Todd, however, felt that Trump could have gone much further in rebuking anti-Semitic actions across the country.
Conceding that “the United States has been a promised land for Jews” and noting that anti-Semitism has not been an issue for “43 of my 44 years,” Todd went on to ask: “So why can’t President Trump simply denounce anti-Semitism?”
“He declares that he is the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen in your entire life – fine,” Todd said. “Your actions do speak for itself.”
In true fake news fashion, Todd then made a dramatic jump into the realm of baseless conjecture and conspiracy theory by insinuating that Trump somehow feeds off anti-Semitic hate crimes in order to boost his poll numbers, or something.
“Could it be that the president needs and welcomes the support of this ‘alt right’ and some of the less enlightened people that reside there when it comes to what they think of people of the Jewish faith?” Todd wondered.
The addled anchor concluded his rant with what amounted to a warning: “Make it clear that not only are you not anti-Semitic, but that you reject people who are, even if they voted for you,” Todd said.