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WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Donald Trump’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress is getting rave reviews for the subdued, “presidential” style of his delivery, and positive feedback from the Jewish community for opening remarks denouncing anti-Semitic acts as examples of “hate and evil.”
But there ensues the inevitable Trumpian conundrum: What did he actually mean?
Here are four takeaways from the speech and what it says about bias and the Jews:
1. What did he condemn exactly?
From the very first paragraph: