Biden addresses rise in antisemitism throughout White Home Hanukkah reception  

President Biden on Monday condemned an increase in antisemitism as “vile and venom” throughout a Hanukkah vacation reception on the White Home.

“This 12 months’s Hanukkah arrives within the midst of rising and emboldened of antisemitism — at house and, fairly frankly, around the globe. I acknowledge your worry, your harm, your fear that this vile and venom is changing into too regular,” Biden mentioned within the Grand Lobby of the White Home.  

“As your president, I need to make this clear. … Silence is complicity. We should not stay silent. And I made no bones about it from the very starting: I cannot be silent. America is not going to be silent,” Biden mentioned.  

Biden spoke to the gathered crowd from a podium between a Christmas tree and a brand new menorah, which first girl Jill Biden launched as the primary everlasting White Home menorah and the primary Jewish artifact added completely to the presidential assortment.  

The vacation festivities additionally included a blessing and a menorah lighting, in keeping with a pool report.

Biden’s remarks come as lawmakers and the administration draw consideration to an uptick in hateful rhetoric and violence directed on the Jewish group.  

Former President Trump final month got here beneath hearth for internet hosting white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago residence for a controversial dinner with rapper Ye, who has additionally made latest antisemitic feedback and mentioned he sees “good issues” about Nazi chief Adolf Hitler.

Biden additionally condemned the dinner.

“The Holocaust occurred. Hitler was a demonic determine. And as a substitute of giving it a platform, our political leaders ought to be calling out and rejecting antisemitism wherever it hides,” Biden wrote on Twitter after the dinner.

Second gentleman Doug Emhoff, who’s Jewish, hosted a roundtable of Jewish leaders on the White Home earlier this month to debate antisemitism.  

And final week, the Biden administration introduced plans to arrange an interagency job power to work on creating a nationwide technique to fight the problem. 

“At the moment we should all say clearly and forcefully: Antisemitism and all types of hate and violence on this nation don’t have any protected harbor in America,” Biden mentioned on Monday.  “Evil is not going to win. Hate is not going to prevail.”