White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was unable to handle multiple questions about President Donald Trump's accusations that it is Democrats that are the party of anti-Semitism, despite numerous instances of the same from the Republican Party and from the president himself.
Asked at the first White House briefing in 42 days about President Trump's comments that Democrats hate Jews, Sanders turned the matter back on Democrats and criticized how they handled Omar's remark that supporters of Israel have an "allegiance to a foreign country".
Later in the day, Trump told Republican National Committee donors that Democrats "hate" Jewish people. That's according to a person who heard the comment but spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private remark.More news: Trump's 2020 budget increases defense spending by 5 percent, funds Space Force
Trump's statement came after a resolution condemning anti-Semitism finally came to a vote on March 7, but only after Democrats broadened the resolution with portions condemning other kinds of hate, including "anti-Muslim bigotry".
On Monday, when another reporter followed up reiterating Karl's original question, Sanders declined to comment on whether the president actually accused Democrats of hating Jews.
"Democrats have had a number of opportunities to condemn specific comments and have refused to do that", Sanders said.More news: White House refuses to say whether Trump believes Democrats hate Jews
"Don't you think that just sort of drags down the rhetoric and debate, when you're saying something that's just patently untrue?" "I think that is a great shame".
Sanders responded, "I think they should call out their members by name and we've made that clear". Do you think that the president has thought at all going into this 2020 campaign that the rhetoric just needs to be lowered, whether it's talking about Democrats, the media, immigrants.
"The president has made his position on that clear and he'll make a decision when he's ready", Sanders said. Certainly what his support is for the people and community of Israel.More news: Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard reacts to Serge Ibaka-Marquese Chriss fight
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: CNN reporter Jim Acosta reports from the briefing room at the White House, on August 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. That is just a silly thing to say.