The White House stated Tuesday that individuals making violent antisemitic threats in the U.S. are not being classified as domestic terrorists.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby made the comments during a daily White House press briefing on Tuesday.
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"The people in this country making violent antisemitic threats. Are they domestic terrorists?" Fox News' Peter Doocy asked Kirby.
I don't know that we're classifying people as domestic terrorists for that. I mean, that's really a question better left to law enforcement. I'm not aware that there's been such a characterization of that," Kirby responded.
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In contrast, GOP presidential candidate and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is calling for an end to pro-Palestinian groups that support Hamas from state college campuses.
"This is not cancel culture, this group, they themselves said in the aftermath of the Hamas attack that they don't just stand in solidarity, that they are part of this Hamas movement," he said.
"And so, yeah, you have a right to go out and demonstrate, but you can't provide material support to terrorism. They've linked themselves to Hamas, and so we absolutely decertified them," DeSantis continued.
Other GOP presidential candidates have also blasted the efforts of Palestinian supporters who have backed Hamas against Israel. The terrorists killed 1,400 people on Oct. 7 in Israel, targeting civilians and committing violent crimes against citizens.
The White House has so far backed Israel's strong response against the group in Gaza, but has done little to speak against those in America who are backing the violence by Hamas.
The latest response by Kirby shows that the treatment is much less serious than the response to Trump supporters and other conservatives who have often been labeled domestic terrorists.