Today Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Brad Parscale held a press conference in Iowa. About 10 minutes into the event, Don Jr. was interrupted by a heckler.
“Ever since your father was elected president, more and more Jews are being gunned down every year,” the heckler shouted.
“Well, I don’t think anyone has done more for Israel and American Jews than Donald Trump,” Trump Jr. replied as the heckler was escorted past the front of the small stage. He was quickly removed from the room by security, still shouting as he went: “You are killing Jews! All of you! All of you in here are killing Jews!”
A man was just dragged out of the Trump press conference while shouting at Don Jr. that Trump’s rhetoric is “killing Jews.” He was sitting next to me before getting up and had said his name was Elon Glickman and he was here with the Forward. pic.twitter.com/Iz475eOptR
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) February 3, 2020
According to that tweet, he identified himself as Elon Glickman, a reporter with the Forward. However, the editor of the Forward said Glickman did not work for them:
If Not Now is a left-wing Jewish group which has a two-part 2020 platform it is promoting. Part one is to “push for an end to the occupation” of Palestine by Israel. Part two is to “fight antisemitism and white nationalism.” Glickman’s Twitter feed identifies him as an organizer for the group. It also shows that he’s a Bernie Sanders supporter:
Where are the Bernie canvassers in Des Moines watching the super bowl??
Just finished canvassing and trying to hang with my fellow Berners!
— Elon Glickman 🔥🌅 (@elonTglickman) February 2, 2020
The rise in anti-Semitic incidents is a worrisome trend but anyone blaming that on Trump hasn’t been keeping up with current events. So far as we know, none of the dozens of anti-Semitic incidents in the New York area last year, including the deadly shooting at a Jewish deli in Jersey City and the machete attack in Monsey, New York, involved Trump supporters. Many of the incidents seem to have been carried out by black Americans, not by white nationalists.
The full press conference is here. Below is the section of the press conference where the heckler interrupts as seen from the back of the room: