Jean-Pierre Attempts Damage Control For Disastrous Antisemitism Answer

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre addressed concerns about her shocking response to a question about the rise in antisemitic rhetoric and protests across the U.S. and the potential for violence against Jews.

During Monday’s White House press briefing, Jean-Pierre dismissed questions about whether the Biden administration was concerned about the threat of antisemitic violence in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7 — instead pivoting to address anti-Muslim hate.

“We have not seen any credible threats,” she said of the potential for Jews in the U.S. to be targeted. “But look, Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks.”

After being slammed by critics for blowing off concerns about rising antisemitism in favor of focusing on Muslims, Jean-Pierre responded in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“To be clear: the President and our team are very concerned about a rise in antisemitism, especially after the horrific Hamas terrorist attack in Israel,” she wrote. “That’s why the President mobilized his homeland security team to address any potential threats that could harm Jewish communities, as well as Muslim, Arab American, and Palestinian American communities.”

Despite her attempted defense, Jean-Pierre continued to face criticism on social media for choosing to respond in a generic X post only after facing backlash — rather than making the same statement on the podium.

“Weird how you didn’t say that when asked directly,” podcast host Megyn Kelly wrote.

“To be clear: it did not seem that you or the president are very concerned at all about the rise in Jew-hatred. Say it from the podium, don’t take to your Twitter account,” columnist Karol Markowicz wrote.

Meanwhile, there is significant evidence of a rise in antisemitism across the U.S. in the aftermath of the Hamas terrorist attacks and the resulting war between Israel and the terrorist group in Gaza. Far-left activists in numerous universities have held demonstrations in support of Palestine — with many attendees even going so far as to praise Hamas and celebrate the deaths of more than 1,400 Israelis.

There have even been attacks on Jewish Americans, including a Jewish student at Columbia University who reported being attacked on campus by a pro-Palestine activist who had been tearing down fliers depicting Israelis who are currently being held hostage by Hamas.

Several pro-Palestine rallies across the U.S. have also ended in violence, with one video showing two Turning Point USA staff members being viciously attacked by a mob “while trying to escort a lost, elderly Jewish couple to the Pro-Israel event,” according to TPUSA rep Peter Christos.