Vice President Kamala Harris has been criticized on social media for a video “announcing the country’s first National Strategy to Combat Islamophobia” with most users questioning the timing of the post just weeks after the Hamas terror attack on Israel.
“Tackling hate is a national priority,” Harris said posted on Xunfolding it White House Plan to “fight the tide of hate in America.”
The timing of the post was immediately criticized on social media, with many also highlighting the recent rise in anti-Jewish hate crimes.
“On the same day the leadership of Hamas goes on international television and declares that their goal is to wipe the Jews and Israel off the face of the earth,” The Spectator editor Stephen L. Miller posted on X. “Just amazing.”
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“According to FBI director, Jews make up 2.4% of US population, but target 60% of hate crimes,” political commentator Gad Saad. posted on X. “That’s why it’s obviously important to fight Islamophobia according to the White House.”
“Anti-Semitism is at its highest level since Nazi Germany and the Biden administration decided to launch a crackdown on Islamophobia,” said GOP spokesman Derrick Van Orden posted on X. “I have absolutely no idea how anyone who cares about Jewish survival could vote for any member of the Democratic Party.”
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“Timing is everything and it’s a statement in itself,” Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce posted on X. “This as Jews are being threatened, hunted and attacked around the world. It tells you all you need to know about the moral depravity and corruption of the Democratic Party and especially the people in the White House. Shame on them.”
“After the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust and the outbreak of pro-Hamas activism on campus, the White House claims that *Islamophobia* is our primary concern,” said Republican Sen. Tom Cotton posted on X.
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Hate crime figures released on October 16 by the FBI show that they were reported hate crime incidents in 2022 it rose to 11,634, the highest number ever recorded since the FBI began tracking such data in 1991. Reported individual incidents of anti-Jewish hate crimes skyrocketed more than 37% to 1,122 incidents, the highest number recorded in nearly three decades and the second highest number on record.
The White House responded to a request for comment from Fox News Digital by pointing to several steps the administration has taken to combat anti-Semitism in the past month, such as DHS and DOJ taking steps to cooperate with campus law enforcement and the Department of Education expediting an update to the admissions process for complaints of discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to specifically state that certain forms of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are prohibited by that law.
“Additionally, senior administration officials continue to work with leading organizations and students to hear directly from them and discuss additional actions to be taken,” a White House official said.
The White House also pointed to its first national strategy to combat anti-Semitism launched in May.
Brian Flood of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.