“Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.”
Earlier that same day, however, at a meeting with attorneys general of different states, Trump told a completely different story: Those recent attacks against the Jewish community were done by Jewish people, he insinuated, and only as a set-up to make others look responsible.
“He just said, ‘Sometimes it's the reverse, to make people, or to make others, look bad.’”
Other attendees confirmed Shapiro’s observation, Buzzfeed reports; the White House denies it, however, telling New York Daily News Trump was “referring to protesters.”
Trump said “reverse” repeatedly when answering questions on that same topic, Shapiro said, offering:
“I really don’t know what he means or why he said that. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”
It was particularly offensive to Shapiro because he knows firsthand about the recent threats. Two of his children attend a Jewish school that received a bomb threat on the previous day of February 27.
This isn’t the first time Trump made this questionable claim about recent threats to the Jewish community, either. In a February 16 press conference, he called a Jewish reporter “a liar” when asked about recent surge in anti-Semitism in the United States, and claimed it was “the other side” that was responsible for it.
Earlier on February 28, prior to this meeting with state attorneys general, a Trump affiliate made similar claim. In a tweet that day, Anthony Scaramucci, who Trump nominated to be director of the Office of Public Engagement, insinuated the attacks were done by Democrats.
Scaramucci’s nomination was removed after questionable ties with Chinese business were revealed.