During Monday’s White House press conference, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked to condemn the widespread anti-Israel protestors seen around the US and the globe, Jean-Pierre instead brought up the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Does President Biden think the anti-Israel protestors in this country are extremists?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked.
“What I can say is we’ve been very clear about this, when it comes to antisemitism, there’s no place. We have to make sure that we speak against it very loudly.”
“Remember, when the President decided to run for president — is what he saw in Charlottesville in 2017,” Jean-Pierre continued, “when we saw neo-Nazis marching down the streets of Charlottesville, with vile, antisemitic, just hatred. And he was very clear then and he’s very clear now. He’s taken actions against this over the past two years, and he’s continued to be clear, there is no place for this type of vile and this kind of rhetoric.”
Doocy asked Jean-Pierre, “we hear you guys talk about extremists all the time. It is usually about MAGA extremists. So what about these protestors who are making Jewish students feel unsafe on college campuses?”
Jean-Pierre reiterated her previous statement, saying the administration is “calling out any form of hate.”
“Any form of hate, it is not acceptable. It should not be acceptable here, and we are going to continue to call that out and let me be very clear, this is a president that has continued to have that fight in his office, in this administration.”
“You know, when he repelled Trump’s Muslim ban on his very first day in office, that is something that this president did. He also established an inter-policy committee to counter islamophobia and antisemitism and related forms of bias and discrimination.”
This comes as Biden has sent Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, as well as Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to college campuses to fight antisemitism that has spread following Palestinian terror group Hamas’ attack against Israel earlier this month, resulting in the deaths of at least 1,400 Israelis.
Cardona had been warned in March by senators of rising antisemitism, but Cardona’s department did not take action.