Hillary Clinton on Tuesday joined the growing calls for Donald Trump to condemn a spate of anti-Semitic hate crimes in recent weeks.
Clinton tweeted that Trump “must speak out” against the “troubling” attacks.
JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 21, 2017
Later Tuesday morning, Trump briefly mentioned the incidents during a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
“Anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish communities and our Jewish Community Centers are horrible, and are painful,” Trump said.
Anti-Semitic hate crimes have been on the rise, according to multiple organizations that track such incidents. They’re part of a larger spike in racist and bigoted attacks that have occurred since Trump began his presidential campaign.
On Monday alone, nearly a dozen Jewish community centers across the country received threatening phone calls. And a Jewish cemetery in the St. Louis area was vandalized over the weekend.
At a news conference last week, Trump criticized a Jewish reporter for asking about the increase in threats, and then claimed he was the “least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”