Rather than directly addressing the issue, Jean-Pierre referenced the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy posed the question, "Does President Biden think the anti-Israel protestors in this country are extremists?" Jean-Pierre responded, "What I can say is we’ve been very clear about this, when it comes to antisemitism, there’s no place. We have to make sure that we speak against it very loudly."
Jean-Pierre then drew a parallel to the 2017 Charlottesville rally, stating, "Remember, when the President decided to run for president — is what he saw in Charlottesville in 2017, when we saw neo-Nazis marching down the streets of Charlottesville, with vile, antisemitic, just hatred. And he was very clear then and he’s very clear now. He’s taken actions against this over the past two years, and he’s continued to be clear, there is no place for this type of vile and this kind of rhetoric."
When Doocy pressed further, asking about the protestors who are making Jewish students feel unsafe on college campuses, Jean-Pierre reiterated the administration's stance against any form of hate. She said, "Any form of hate, it is not acceptable. It should not be acceptable here, and we are going to continue to call that out and let me be very clear, this is a president that has continued to have that fight in his office, in this administration."
Jean-Pierre also highlighted President Biden's actions against discrimination, including the repeal of Trump’s Muslim ban and the establishment of an inter-policy committee to counter Islamophobia and antisemitism.
This discussion comes in the wake of President Biden's decision to send Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to college campuses to combat the rise of antisemitism following the recent attacks by Palestinian terror group Hamas against Israel, which resulted in the deaths of at least 1,400 Israelis. Despite warnings from senators in March about rising antisemitism, Cardona’s department did not take action.