During a softball interview on CNN Tuesday afternoon, Steven Goldstein, director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect bashed and lambasted President Donald Trump for his statement that morning denouncing bigotry, especially anti-Semitism, and pinned recent Jew hatred on Trump's campaign, and now, administration. Beforehand, a panel on the network's Inside Politics discussed Trump's campaign and presidency's possible affect on hate crimes against Jews.
On CNN Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin Goldstein said, "Our president is creating an incubator of hatred. When you don't respond to anti-Semitism as well as Islamophobia and racism in a real time, when you wait days and sometimes week to respond to attacks, you are sending a signal to the haters that hate is okay."
Goldstein said, "Brooke, these incidents didn't occur to the same extent before President Trump took office. So, of course, we see a night and day difference. The night and day difference began with his election -- accelerated with his inauguration."
"I want him to fire [Chief Strategist] Steve Bannon. Second, I want the President to give a major address to anti-Semitism to the far right that is responsible for anti-Semitism in his administration. And I want him to appoint an independent commission with members appointed by Congress that will look at anti-Semitism apart from the President’s influence," Goldstein added.
The discussion came in the midst of almost a dozen Jewish community centers temporarily closing after receiving phone threats, which were later deemed as a hoax. At the African American History Museum earlier in the day, the President remarked that the threatening calls to Jewish communities "horrible" and "painful."
However, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect was not satisfied. "MR. PRESIDENT, YOUR [sic] TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE ACKNOWLEGMENT OF #Antisemitism TODAY IS NOT ENOUGH," the New York-based center posted in a typo-laden statement on Facebook. "[Trump's] statement today is a pathetic asterisk of condescension after weeks in which he and his staff have committed grotesque acts and omissions reflecting Antisemitism, yet day after day have refused to apologize and correct the record.”
Five hours later after posting the statement, Goldstein said on CNN, "
A few hours beforehand, the Inside Politics panel-- The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway, The Atlantic's Molly Ball, National Public Radio's Domenico Montanaro, and CNN political analyst Jeff Zeleny--discussed the latest anti-Semitic incidents, which includes a St. Louis Jewish cemetery vandalized Monday, and connected it to President Trump's reaction Tuesday morning.
"[In] today's other top stories, the Jewish Community Center Association says 48 senators in 26 states and one province received just shy of 60 bomb threats last month," host John King said. "You might recall President Trump got testy last week when he was asked about an increase in anti-Semitism, but this morning after a tour of the Smithsonian African-American History Museum, the president spoke out. You might recall President Trump got testy last week when he was asked about an increase in anti-Semitism, but this morning after a tour of the Smithsonian African-American History Museum, the president spoke out."