People Shaming Trump for Telling Jewish Reporter to ‘Sit Down’ May Want to Listen to What Reporter Has to Say

There have been plenty of talking points — and more than a few contrasting takes — to emerge from President Trump’s fiery press conference on Thursday.

One among them surrounds journalist Jake Turx, a reporter for the Jewish publication, Ami Magazine:

Specifically, Turx tried to ask Trump a question about a reported rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S., but was ultimately told to “sit down” by the president.

While many have harshly criticized the encounter, Turx — who is Jewish himself — appeared on Fox News Thursday night with a sharply different take.

During Thursday’s press conference, Turx asked:

“What we are concerned about and what we haven’t really heard you address is the uptick in anti-Semitism and how you intend to take care of it…”

Before he could finish, Trump interrupted by saying:

“See, he said he was going to ask a very simple question and it’s not…Sit down, I understand the rest of your question.

So here’s the story folks, number one, I’m the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen in your entire life…”

Many quickly condemned the encounter, even calling it a “disgusting moment”:

Turx  doesn’t seem to share that outrage.

As he explained to Fox News’s Ed Henry Thursday night, Turx completely understands Trump’s frustration:

“It is very unfair what’s been done to him. So I understand why he’s so defensive.

I’m with him when it comes to being outraged about him being charged with this anti-Semitism.”

Noting that Trump has “done an unprecedented amount of outreach with the Orthodox Jewish community,” Turx added:

“I’m going to say something that will surprise you and will probably surprise a lot of your viewers, but I was actually very hopeful because it shows a president who is so committed against this problem of anti-Semitism.

That it bothers him on a personal level, a deep personal level, and it makes me very hopeful that he will work together with the community [to combat the phenomenon].”

It seems that Turx hasn’t let the drama surrounding the encounter deter him from his job, either:

In the end, all the exposure that Turx has received from the press conference — and how he has responded to it — likely won’t hurt his chances to do just that.

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