By Samantha Cooney
February 21, 2017
MOTTO
Samantha Cooney is the content strategy editor at TIME.

First daughter Ivanka Trump called for religious tolerance on Twitter following threats on Jewish community centers across the country.

The New York Times reported that 11 separate bomb scares were called into Jewish community centers on Monday. Also on Monday, over 100 tombstones were reportedly damaged or toppled in a historic Jewish cemetery in Missouri. These acts followed a series of threats against the centers reported last month too.

Trump, who converted to Judaism ahead of her marriage to Jared Kushner, spoke up about the attacks on Twitter on Monday night, writing: “America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers.”

Trump’s message has been retweeted over 6,000 times and garnered over 33,000 “likes.” The White House issued a statement on Monday condemning “hatred and hate-motivated violence.”

But some branded Trump’s post as “ironic” considering President Donald Trump’s actions during his first month as president.

At a press conference last week Thursday, a reporter asked President Trump about the recent threats against Jewish centers and how the government was planning to address the incidents and anti-semitism in the country. President Trump called the question unfair. “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” President Trump said, according to CNN. When another reporter asked a similar question about the incidents, President Trump responded by saying the anti-semitism was coming from “the other side.”

[The New York Times, Huffington Post]

 

Write to Samantha Cooney at samantha.cooney@time.com.

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