Pompeo: Journalist Do Not ‘Consider Facts Or Think Critically. And I’m Being Polite’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attributed the rise of anti-Semitism in the West to journalists who fail to do their job with integrity.

Speaking to a crowd at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference, Pompeo laid out a number of reasons for why anti-Semitism was becoming more prevalent, the Washington Examiner reports.

“I want to talk about why anti-Semitism is on the rise,” the secretary of state said. “I have a few thoughts on the reasons.”

“First, Western civilizations – and our youth, in particular – are losing first-hand experience with the Holocaust and its survivors as the postwar generation dies out. I saw that clearly and thought about it on my most recent trip to Israel, when I visited Yad Vashem,” he continued, via the Washington Examiner.

“Second, professors teach our children that Israel is the epitome of imperialism,” Pompeo added.

He continued: “Third, journalists, who help drive our public debate, don’t always take the time to consider facts or think critically. And I’m being polite.”

Pompeo seemed to make an indirect reference to Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar when he said: “But frankly, worst of all, some politicians think anti-Semitism can actually win them votes.”

Omar has repeatedly made anti-Semitic comments during her brief time in office, even causing members of her own party to criticize her.

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The Washington Examiner reports Pompeo continued:

He described anti-Semitism as “a cancer metastasizing in the Middle East, in Europe, and indeed, sadly, here in the United States as well.”

Pompeo said: “In Britain, the Labour Party’s tolerance of anti-Semitism in its ranks is a national disgrace. And France’s Jews are under attack. The incidence of anti-Semitic attacks in Germany is also on the rise.”

He added: “Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. Israel should be admired not attacked, embraced not vilified, and emulated not ostracized.”


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