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President Donald Trump’s medical team announced the president is ‘doing well’ but muddled the timeline of his diagnosis and treatment in a vague health update.

At the Saturday morning press conference Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s personal physician, said the president is ’72 hours into the diagnosis’, indicating Trump could have tested positive as early as Wednesday, before walking back on his comment hours later. 

If he was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday.    

Immediately after Dr. Conley’s press conference a White House source said ‘on background’ that he misspoke, saying ‘The doctor meant it’s day 3, not yet 72hrs. Diagnosis made Thursday night.’

Hours later White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Dr. Conley saying he incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to his diagnosis and treatment. 

President Donald Trump’s medical team announced the president is 'doing well' but muddled the timeline of his diagnosis and treatment in a vague health update Saturday. Dr. Sean Conley, Trump's physician, pictured speaking during the press conference outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

President Donald Trump’s medical team announced the president is 'doing well' but muddled the timeline of his diagnosis and treatment in a vague health update Saturday. Dr. Sean Conley, Trump's physician, pictured speaking during the press conference outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

President Donald Trump’s medical team announced the president is ‘doing well’ but muddled the timeline of his diagnosis and treatment in a vague health update Saturday. Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, pictured speaking during the press conference outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

Trump pictured flashing a thumbs up before boarding Marine One to fly to the Walter Reed Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment Friday

Trump pictured flashing a thumbs up before boarding Marine One to fly to the Walter Reed Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment Friday

Trump pictured flashing a thumbs up before boarding Marine One to fly to the Walter Reed Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment Friday 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Dr. Conley Saturday afternoon saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' during his press conference earlier in the day on Trump's health

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Dr. Conley Saturday afternoon saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' during his press conference earlier in the day on Trump's health

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Dr. Conley Saturday afternoon saying he incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ during his press conference earlier in the day on Trump’s health

Dr. Conley dodged questions about exactly when Trump last tested negative for the virus, the precise date and time of his positive result, and whether he required oxygen at all during his care.

Dr. Conley said Saturday that on Thursday afternoon ‘we repeated testing’ and Trump was given a PCR test – the most accurate kind because he ‘gave a kind of clinical indication.’

He did not say if that was before or after he flew to New Jersey for an indoors fundraiser. 

Trump himself told Sean Hannity shortly after 9pm that night that he was waiting for a test.  

The White House formally announced Trump’s positive result on Friday at 1am when Trump, 74, tweeted that he and Melania, 50, tested positive for COVID-19 after top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the contagious virus. 

The changing timeline is concerning because the president had traveled to multiple states and was exposed to hundreds of people over the past few days. 

On Wednesday the president spoke before a crowd of hundreds of people, who were notably not socially distanced, at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota. 

On Wednesday the president attended an indoor fundraiser and spoke before a crowd of hundreds of people, who were notably not socially distanced, at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota

On Wednesday the president attended an indoor fundraiser and spoke before a crowd of hundreds of people, who were notably not socially distanced, at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota

On Wednesday the president attended an indoor fundraiser and spoke before a crowd of hundreds of people, who were notably not socially distanced, at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota

Trump was seen throwing MAGA caps into the crowd that gathered at Duluth International Airport Wednesday evening

Trump was seen throwing MAGA caps into the crowd that gathered at Duluth International Airport Wednesday evening

Trump was seen throwing MAGA caps into the crowd that gathered at Duluth International Airport Wednesday evening

He spoke for 45 minutes, far less than his usual performances of more than an hour. At the rally he was seen throwing red MAGA caps into the crowd. Then he fell asleep on Air Force One in contrast to normally watching television and tweeting. 

The following day Trump traveled to his golf course and resort in Bedminster, New Jersey for an indoor fundraiser with about 100 attendees.  

Trump reportedly met about 19 high-dollar GOP donors in private and was seemed ‘lethargic’ at that fundraiser. 

The contact tracing process is underway in New Jersey and Gov. Phil Murphy is urging anyone at the Bedminster event or around it to self quarantine and get tested.

Organizers of the fundraiser have sent out an email to attendees informing them of Trump’s diagnosis, urging them to get tested if they experience sympptoms.

It is unclear whether Trump caught the virus directly from Hicks, who traveled with him Tuesday for his debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland and on Wednesday to Minnesota.

It is unclear whether Trump caught the virus directly from Hicks, who traveled with him Tuesday for his debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland and on Wednesday to Minnesota. Hicks pictured with White House advisor Jared Kushner and White House social media director Dan Scavino walking to Air Force One Wednesday

It is unclear whether Trump caught the virus directly from Hicks, who traveled with him Tuesday for his debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland and on Wednesday to Minnesota. Hicks pictured with White House advisor Jared Kushner and White House social media director Dan Scavino walking to Air Force One Wednesday

It is unclear whether Trump caught the virus directly from Hicks, who traveled with him Tuesday for his debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland and on Wednesday to Minnesota. Hicks pictured with White House advisor Jared Kushner and White House social media director Dan Scavino walking to Air Force One Wednesday

The rest of the First Family, including Melania and Trump’s son Barron who lives at the White House, have tested negative for coronavirus. 

By Friday evening the president was flown to Walter Reed hospital for a several days long stay to undergo treatment ‘out of an abundance of caution’ after reporting symptoms of fever, cough and congestion. He also reportedly was having ‘trouble breathing’. 

Dr. Conley said Saturday that he was speaking ’48 hours after’ the first Regenron treatment was given to Trump. That would mean on Thursday morning. 

And another doctor – Brian Garibaldi – said: ‘About 48 hours ago the president received a special antibody therapy directed against the coronavirus. We are working very closely with the company to monitor him in terms of that outcome. Yesterday evening he received his first dose of IV Remdesvir.’ 

Then in a statement Dr. Conley said Regenron was first administered on Friday – but not when. That means two doctors are now being said by the White House to have misspoken.  

It’s not clear why there are conflicting statements on Trump’s diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Conley has worked with the Trump as a patient for years and the president has veto over any aspect of revealing his medical information, such as when and how he was diagnosed, his use of oxygen and his maximum temperature. 

Also present at Walter Reed is Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff. He does not formally control Dr. Conley who is in the military chain of command, but is a member of the Cabinet and would be seen as having authority to act on the president’s behalf to control the release of information. 

THE CRUCIAL QUESTIONS OVER TRUMP’S HEALTH 

WHEN PRECISELY WAS HE DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19?  

We now have had three different versions of when Trump was diagnosed from the White House, ranging from Wednesday morning to Friday at 1am. The White House has also not said what ‘diagnosed’ means – it could mean spotting clinical symptoms or testing positive.

The White House first announced Donald Trump’s positive test result – and that of the first lady – at 1am EST on Friday morning. 

But Dr. Sean Conley said on Saturday morning just before midday that the president was ’72 hours into the diagnosis’. 

That’s hours before he flew to Minnesota for an indoors fundraiser and outdoors rally in Duluth, and one day before he attended an indoor fundraiser at Trump’s golf course and country club Bedminster, New Jersey. 

There were reportedly 100 people in attendance and Trump reportedly met about 19 high-dollar GOP donors in private. He was reportedly ‘lethargic’ at that fundraiser. 

If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday

If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday

If Trump was 72 hours into his diagnosis, that would mean Trump was positive a day after the presidential debate with Joe Biden and positive during a Minnesota rally Wednesday (above) and a fundraising event in New Jersey attended by 100 people Thursday

The crowd that gathered for Trump's rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above

The crowd that gathered for Trump's rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above

The crowd that gathered for Trump’s rally at Duluth International Airport Wednesday above 

Dr. Conley then offered a different version saying that on Thursday afternoon ‘we repeated testing’ and Trump was given a PCR test – the most accurate kind because he ‘gave a kind of clinical indication.’

He did not say if that was before or after he flew to New Jersey for an indoors fundraiser. 

Trump himself told Sean Hannity shortly after 9pm that night that he was waiting for a test. 

After Conley spoke a White House source said ‘on background’: ‘The doctor meant it’s day 3, not yet 72hrs. Diagnosis made Thursday night.’ 

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to his diagnosis and treatment.

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' with regards to his diagnosis

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term 'seventy two hours' instead of 'day three' and 'forty eight hours' instead of 'day two' with regards to his diagnosis

Then in another turn, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a written statement from Conley saying he incorrectly used the term ‘seventy two hours’ instead of ‘day three’ and ‘forty eight hours’ instead of ‘day two’ with regards to his diagnosis

‘The president was first diagnosed with COVID-19 on the evening on Thursday October 1st and had received Regeron’s antibody cocktail on Friday October 2nd,’ he clarified. 

A Regeneron spokesperson said Conley was also incorrect by calling it polyclonal antibody theory in his memo. 

‘It is two monoclonal antibodies. It was incorrect in the physician’s letter,’ Regeneron spokesperson Hala Mirza told CBS News. 

When asked point blank Conley refused to share the date of Trump’s last negative COVID-19 test. 

WHY DID A WHITE HOUSE SOURCE IMMEDIATELY CONTRADICT HIS DOCTOR?  

A White House official said immediately after Conley’s press conference Saturday that the doctor misspoke in saying Trump was ’72 hours’ into his diagnosis.

The official said Conley was wrong and Trump was diagnosed Thursday night and treatment began that night.  

WHEN PRECISELY WERE SYMPTOMS FIRST DETECTED AND WHEN PRECISELY WAS HE TESTED?

There is no clarity over when Trump was last tested before his positive result. Dr. Conley repeated the White House claim that he is tested ‘frequently’ but did not say what that meant. They have never said if he was routinely given the less accurate Abbott Labs 15 minute test or the advanced PCR test.

When he arrived at Tuesday’s presidential debate Trump was too late to be tested by the Cleveland Clinic. Moderator Chris Wallace said there was an ‘honor system’ for the candidates; Trump’s team told the Debate Commission he was negative. That night he flew home on Air Force One from the presidential debate and aides said he was tired but decided it was because of the debate. But lethargy is symptom – and it is unknown if doctors took note of it.

Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving to the event

Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving to the event

Later in the afternoon, he took video of the president's helicopter, Marine One lifting off

Later in the afternoon, he took video of the president's helicopter, Marine One lifting off

Charlie Kolean who works in financial services posted video of himself driving the Trump fundraiser (left) and took video of the president’s helicopter Marine One lifting off (right)

As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)

As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)

As of Friday evening New Jersey was apparently still waiting for a full roster compiled from information from the RNC, White House and golf club of those who were in attendance. The Bedminster club house is pictured (file photo)

Then Dr. Conley initially said Trump was diagnosed ’72 hours’ before the Saturday statement which would mean Wednesday morning.

Trump went to Minnesota on Wednesday for a fundraiser in Minneapolis and a rally in Duluth, where he spoke for 45 minutes, far less than his usual performances of more than an hour. Then he fell asleep on Air Force One in contrast to normally watching television and tweeting. But it is unknown if this was seen as a possible symptom at the time.

Hope Hicks’ positive result came on Thursday morning but nobody has said if Trump was tested as soon as it was given or if it was until late Thursday afternoon that he was given a full nasal swab. 

WHEN WAS HE FIRST TREATED FOR COVID?

Dr. Sean Conley said Saturday that he was speaking ’48 hours after’ the first Regenron treatment was given to Trump. That would mean on Thursday morning. 

And another doctor – Brian Garibaldi – said: ‘About 48 hours ago the president received a special antibody therapy directed against the coronavirus. We are working very closely with the company to monitor him in terms of that outcome. Yesterday evening he received his first dose of IV Remdesvir.’ 

But the public were not told he was even ill until Friday at 1am, and no drug treatment was disclosed until Friday afternoon. 

After Dr. Conley spoke, a White House source spoke ‘on background’ and said: ‘The Doctor meant it’s day 3, not yet 72hrs, Regeneron administered later that night (2 days ago), not 48hrs ago.’ 

Then in a statement Dr. Conley said Regenron was first administered on Friday – but not when. That means two doctors are now being said by the White House to have misspoken.  

DO WE KNOW ALL THE PRESIDENT’S UNDERYING CONDITIONS?  

We do not know if we do. The last medical report in June said he was clinically obsess but had health cholesterol, resting heart rate and blood pressure., normal kidney, liver and thyroid function, normal blood count and normal Vitamin V12 and Vitamin D levels. ,

But the White House has never explained fully his mystery trip to Walter Reed in November 2019 when Mike Pence was told to be on ‘standby’ to assume the powers of the presidency. 

Since then Trump’s struggle to walk down a ramp at West Point and his strange drinking of water with two hands has been the subject of widespread speculation about cognitive issues. He has denied having ‘a series of mini-strokes’ in an angry tweet but his physician has never fully addressed the visit or his cognitive state. 

Trump is at a is 74 years old and at 244lbs and 6ft 3, is technically obese which puts him at higher risk of serious complications from the virus. 

Older men are at great risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 and are twice as likely to die than women of the same age, according to an analysis by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

When asked about any other risk factors Conley said Trump is overall healthy, saying his health and cholesterol are ‘great’.  

DID HE GO TO ANY EVENTS WHEN DOCTORS SUSPECTED HE WAS UNWELL OR HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CLINICAL SYMPTOMS OF COVID?

The White House doctors and series of statements offer no insight into when Trump first felt unwell; when anyone suspected he was unwell; when he was first tested; and if a doctor had seen clinical signs of COVID before he was nasally swabbed. 

That means that Trump could have gone to any or all of a Minnesota fundraiser and rally; a White House South Lawn event; and a New Jersey fundraiser with doctors suspecting he had COVID or even having tested him for it.  

HAS THE PRESIDENT EVER BEEN ON OXYGEN?

Conley sparked confusion in regards to if the president was ever on supplemental oxygen. The coronavirus affects a person’s breathing and some patients end up on ventilators.

‘He’s not needed any this morning today at all,’ he said grinning, refusing to admit if Trump was ever on oxygen.

‘Yesterday and today he is not on oxygen,’ he said. 

Trumo pictured arriving at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday

Trumo pictured arriving at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday

Trumo pictured arriving at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland on Friday

About an hour later the New York Times and Associated Press reported Trump was given oxygen at the White House residence. 

Two people close to the White House told the New York Times in separate interviews that Trump had trouble breathing on Friday and doctors put him on supplemental oxygen after his oxygen level dropped while he was still at the White House.  

There has been no official denial or confirmation but Dr. Conley had left that possibility open. Why he would not confirm it is unknown. 

Conley said, ‘all indicators are that he’ll remain off of oxygen going forward’. 

WHAT TEMPERATURE DID THE PRESIDENT’S FEVER SPIKE AT?

This simple question was not answered. It is a crucial clinical indication but all Dr. Conley would say is that he has been fever-free for 24 hours. Given that the White House now disputed Dr. Conley’s use of 48 and 72 hours, even that cannot be taken as true.

On Friday Conley and White House aides said Trump was suffering from a low-grade fever. 

On Saturday when asked a specific fever temperature, Conley said, ‘I’d rather not give any specific numbers but he did have a fever Thursday into Friday and since Friday morning he’s had none.’ 

DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE HEART OR LUNG DAMAGE? 

Conley was asked about lung damage and said: ‘We’re following all of that. We do daily ultrasounds. We do daily lab work. The team is tracking all of that.’ But that does not say if there is any damage to his lungs.’ He simply ignored a question about Trump’s heart. 

DO WE KNOW EVERY DRUG OR TREATMENT HE HAS TAKEN?

The White House in two statements has detailed drugs Trump has been given. 

On Friday’s afternoon it said he was given the experimental Regeneron antibody ‘cocktail’ as well as zinc, Vitamin D and the histamine-blocker famotidine. 

Then late on Friday night a statement from Dr. Conley said he had been given the antiviral Remdesvir. But Dr. Conley refused to answer if Trump was on steroids. He did not say if he is on any other drugs. 

Trump previously took hydroxychloroquine in late May and early June despite its use at the time being at best questionable and at worst risky. In June Dr. Conley said Trump takes three daily drugs: 40mg of Rosuvastatin, a statin; 1mg of finasteride, the hair-loss drug generally marketed as Propecia; and 81mg of aspirin.

Trump had asked about hydroxychloroquine in his treatment, which he famously repeatedly touted as a cure to the virus, but Conley said, ‘he’s not on it now’.

WHO IS TREATING THE PRESIDENT?

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley, who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday. 

But the White House has not answered questions on the names of his full team. It has also not said if he or Dr. Conley have consulted other doctors on the coronavirus task force including Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, both renowned specialists. And it has not said if he has consulted Dr. Scott Atlas the controversial member of the taskforce who has spoken in favor of ‘herd immunity’ and minimized the importance of masks, and been called an ‘outlier’ who gives ‘bad information’ by Dr. Fauci. 

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley (center), who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley (center), who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday

His treatment is being led by Dr. Sean Conley (center), who introduced other Walter Reed staff – including pulmonary specialists – on Saturday

Also unaddressed is whether Dr. Conley has reached out to Admiral Ronny Jackson, Trump’s last White House doctor. He quit after his nomination to run Veterans Affairs was withdrawn and an investigation opened into whether he was drunk on the job and gave out prescription drugs to staffers, earning the nickname ‘Candyman.’ He had previously claimed the president could ‘live to 200. 

On Friday he tweeted that the president was ‘asymptomatic’ which quickly became plainly untrue. He is running for Congress as a Republican and it is unclear if he retains a medical registration

IS THE PRESIDENT’S DOCTOR OVERWORKED?

Given that we do not know exactly who was treating the president in the White House, we do not know if Dr. Conley has had adequate sleep, or adequate backup. 

He has been dealing with an escalating crisis since at least Thursday morning when Hicks tested positive but possibly for longer – and we do not know how long, given his changing version of events. White House staff are working around the clock and on Friday when Trump got on Marine One appeared both shellshocked and exhausted. But Dr. Conley went with him to Walter Reed, and it is unclear if he was relieved by other doctors or has worked around the clock. Dr. Conley however is a commander in the Navy and would be expected to be aided by multiple specialists to perform his task. 

Doctors are trained not to become over-tired and to recognize the need to get rest. His superior officers would emphasize that to him and at Walter Reed, Trump could have been attended by specialists who could take over to let Dr. Conley rest – but we do not know if that happened.

HAS ANY CONTACT TRACING BEEN DONE BY THE WHITE HOUSE IN ANY FORM?

The White House medical unit in conjunction with the CDC and local health departments are conducting contact tracing. 

On Friday, more than 24 hours after the New Jersey fundraiser ended, contact tracers in the state had not been given a complete list of everyone who attended the event.

The Trump campaign emailed all of those supporters who attended the roundtable event to alert them about Trump's positive COVID-19 result

The Trump campaign emailed all of those supporters who attended the roundtable event to alert them about Trump's positive COVID-19 result

The Trump campaign emailed all of those supporters who attended the roundtable event to alert them about Trump’s positive COVID-19 result 

The Republican National Committee sent the names of those it knew had attended the event to Governor Phil Murphy’s office at 2:30pm.

However, the list may not include people who were working at the event including golf club workers and outsider vendors that were brought in to help stage the event. 

HAS THE PRESIDENT OR ANYONE ELSE ORDERED DOCTORS NOT TO BE FULLY TRANSPARENT – AND DID DR. CONLEY WRITE HIS OWN STATEMENT?

This is simply unknown. Dr. Conley has never before spoken to reporters, and read initially from a prepared statement. 

He has had lengthy time with the president and as a patient, the president has veto over any aspect of revealing his medical information, such as when and how he was diagnosed, his use of oxygen and his maximum temperature. Also present at Walter Reed is Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff. He does not formally control Dr. Conley who is in the military chain of command, but is a member of the Cabinet and would be seen as having authority to act on the president’s behalf to control the release of information.

IF THE PRESIDENT IS TWEETING IS THAT A GOOD SIGN?

Multiple people can access Trump’s twitter account, but it is principally run by Dan Scavino, his director of social media. Under CDC guidelines Scavino should be self-quarantining after extensive contact with Trump and Hicks although it is unknown if he is. Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, hinted Friday that Trump was not in control of his account when he said that ‘we decided to put out that tweet’ of the 1am Friday tweet saying: Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!’ So a tweet Saturday from Trump cannot be taken as proving he is well, or disproving that he is unwell.

 

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Here, Policy Editor Daniel Martin details some of the most shocking examples of Labour anti-Semitism that were contained in the EHRC report – as well as those that weren’t.

Detailed in the report 

Pam Bromley, councillor in Rossendale, Lancashire, denied anti-Semitism was an issue in Labour and used tropes such as calling Jews a ‘fifth column’. 

She wrote: ‘Had Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party pulled up the drawbridge and nipped the bogus anti-Semitism accusations in the bud in the first place, we would not be where we are now and the fifth column in the Labour Party would not have managed to get such a foothold… the Lobby has miscalculated… the witchhunt has created brand new fightback networks… the Lobby will then melt back into its own cesspit.’ She was eventualy expelled.

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A raft of examples of anti-Semitic conduct by party members included diminishing the scale or significance of the Holocaust, comparing Israelis to Hitler or the Nazis, and using ‘Zio’ as an anti-Semitic term 

It emerged that Jeremy Corbyn had, as a backbencher, praised an anti-Semitic mural in East London on Facebook. 

He supported the artist Mear One who had painted the image of hook-nosed bankers playing Monopoly on the backs of the world’s poor. 

But the Labour leader’s staff intervened to say ‘the complaint itself seems to fall well below the threshold required for investigation and if so surely the decision to dismiss it can be taken now’.

He later said ‘a wreath was indeed laid’ for ‘some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992’ and added: ‘I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it

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He later said ‘a wreath was indeed laid’ for ‘some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992’ and added: ‘I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it

Christine Shawcroft, head of Labour’s National Exective Committee’s disputes panel which investigated complaints of anti-Semitism, intervened to reinstate a member suspended for anti-Semitic social media posts so he could stand in local elections. 

Alan Bull had posted a link on Facebook to a fake news article titled: ‘International Red Cross Report Confirms the Holocaust of Six Million Jews is a Hoax.’ 

It was accompanied with a picture of the gates of Auschwitz, with the phrase ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ replaced with ‘Muh Holocaust’. Following the Daily Mail’s disclosure of the intervention, she resigned.

A member tweeted: ‘How can we not have empathy with the Palestinians when they are up against these murdering, Zionest [sic] bastards. Their NAZI masters taught them well.’ He was let off with a warning 

In 2016 a Labour councillor shared an image of Jewish banker Jacob Rothschild on their Facebook page along with a caption claiming that the Rothschild family and other institutions, including the City of London and the Vatican, ‘own our news, our media, our oil and even our governments’. It does not appear that this was investigated at all.

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A member was not suspended even though he was reported for saying Jewish MPs ‘can’t rein in your killers in the Middle East’, referred to the ‘Jewish brigade’ and said ‘Jews desire the Labour Party to comply with their demands’ 

Chris Williamson MP made public comments about anti-Semitism smears, supported members expelled for anti-Semitism, and shared social media posts relating to others accused of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. 

The disciplinary panel concluded he had ‘engaged in conduct online and offline that, due to its reckless and needlessly provocative nature, was grossly detrimental to the party’ and ‘may reasonably be seen to involve anti-Semitic sentiments, stereotypes and actions’. Despite this, he was initially given only a formal warning.

…And ones that weren’t

Activist Kayla Bibby shared a picture of an alien bearing the Star of David choking the Statue of Liberty, but escaped suspension from the party because the image was not ‘anti-Jewish’.

Jeremy Corbyn visited the cemetery where terror leaders linked to the Munich massacre are buried. The Mail obtained a photograph of Mr Corbyn holding a wreath just feet away from the graves of leaders linked to the 1972 killings of Israeli athletes. 

He later said ‘a wreath was indeed laid’ for ‘some of those who were killed in Paris in 1992’ and added: ‘I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it.’

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Activist Kayla Bibby shared a picture of an alien bearing the Star of David choking the Statue of Liberty, but escaped suspension from the party because the image was not ‘anti-Jewish’

Activist Kayla Bibby shared a picture of an alien bearing the Star of David choking the Statue of Liberty, but escaped suspension from the party because the image was not ‘anti-Jewish’

Alan Bull had posted a link on Facebook to a fake news article titled: ‘International Red Cross Report Confirms the Holocaust of Six Million Jews is a Hoax'

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A Labour member shared a post accusing Jewish people of ‘eating the organs of their enemies’ and accused Jews of inventing modern terrorism by saying: ‘IRA murderers who took their cue from Jews.’ But the party sought to delay his suspension until it was found whether his disability had left him vulnerable.

The party let off a branch secretary for using offensive word ‘zio’ despite it being a second offence – and instead sought to reprimand the person who complained.

A Labour activist reported last April for writing on former Labour MP Luciana Berger’s Facebook page that ‘There are Zionist infiltrators in the Labour Party stirring trouble that doesn’t exist’ was let off without reprimand and was able to stand in local elections.

A member of Momentum’s steering committee shared a message accusing Saudi Arabia of being in thrall to ‘Zionist paymasters’. Apsana Begum – now an MP – later apologised for her comment.

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NASA‘s Hubble Telescope has discovered what is being called the ‘Greater Pumpkin’ galaxy pair located 120 million light-years from Earth.

Astronomers say the galaxies resemble the shape of the iconic Halloween decoration, forming what appears to be two glowing eyes and a crooked carved smile.

However, the scene is a snapshot of the early stages of galaxies NGC 2292 and NCG 2293 slowly colliding. 

The faint, bluish smile is due to a newly formed star cluster and the glowing eyes are concentrations of stars around two supermassive black holes.

Experts say this event, although happening ever so slowly, could result in a giant spiral galaxy.

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NASA's Hubble Telescope has discovered what is being called the 'Greater Pumpkin' galaxy pair located 120 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the galaxies resemble the shape of the iconic Halloween decoration, forming what appears to be two glowing eyes and a crooked carved smile

NASA's Hubble Telescope has discovered what is being called the 'Greater Pumpkin' galaxy pair located 120 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the galaxies resemble the shape of the iconic Halloween decoration, forming what appears to be two glowing eyes and a crooked carved smile

NASA’s Hubble Telescope has discovered what is being called the ‘Greater Pumpkin’ galaxy pair located 120 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the galaxies resemble the shape of the iconic Halloween decoration, forming what appears to be two glowing eyes and a crooked carved smile

‘Hubble’s holiday offering is a pair of colliding galaxies that resemble the cartoon Peanuts character Linus’s imagining of the elusive Great Pumpkin,’ NASA shared in a statement.

‘Great’ is an understatement in this case because the galaxy pair spans 100,000 light-years.’

The team notes that our Milky Way Galaxy is set to collide with neighboring Andromeda galaxy in about six billion years, and although none of us are likely to be here, the event 6’could take on a spooky appearance too.’

The eerie ‘smile’ is actually the beginning stages of rebuilding a spiral galaxy, researchers explained.

The faint bluish smile is due to a newly formed star cluster and the glowing eyes are concentrations of stars around two supermassive black holes. Experts say this event, although happening ever so slowly, could result in a giant spiral galaxy like galaxy UGC 2885 (pictured)

The faint bluish smile is due to a newly formed star cluster and the glowing eyes are concentrations of stars around two supermassive black holes. Experts say this event, although happening ever so slowly, could result in a giant spiral galaxy like galaxy UGC 2885 (pictured)

The faint bluish smile is due to a newly formed star cluster and the glowing eyes are concentrations of stars around two supermassive black holes. Experts say this event, although happening ever so slowly, could result in a giant spiral galaxy like galaxy UGC 2885 (pictured)

It stretches to each of the galaxies and was likely formed by interstellar gas being compressed as teh pair started on their collision – and the orange hue is from the aging red stars.

NGC 2292 and NCG 2293 galaxies are located in the Canis Major constellation and being so far, has made the duo difficult to spot among the plethora of stars in the region.

The galaxy pair was similar to objects tagged by the citizen-science project Galaxy Zoo, where volunteers go hunting for oddball-looking galaxies. 

Astronomer William Keel, of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa believes the Greater Pumpkin will transform into a giant spiral galaxy similar to UGC  

Keel speculates that the ultimate destiny for this pair will be to merge into a giant luminous spiral galaxy like UGC 2885, Rubin’s Galaxy, which is over twice the diameter of our Milky Way. 

NASA posted another spooky photo that was out of this world - the sun glowing with a pumpkin face. The haunting illuminated 'face' smoldered on the sun's surface in 2014 when activity reached 'solar maximum', meaning more sun spots occurred

NASA posted another spooky photo that was out of this world - the sun glowing with a pumpkin face. The haunting illuminated 'face' smoldered on the sun's surface in 2014 when activity reached 'solar maximum', meaning more sun spots occurred

NASA posted another spooky photo that was out of this world – the sun glowing with a pumpkin face. The haunting illuminated ‘face’ smoldered on the sun’s surface in 2014 when activity reached ‘solar maximum’, meaning more sun spots occurred

NASA posted another spooky photo that was out of this world – the sun glowing with a pumpkin face.

The image was shared exactly one year ago and shows active regions on the sun’s surface created the grimacing smile and slanted eyes on the biggest ‘pumpkin’ of all.

The haunting illuminated ‘face’ smoldered on the sun’s surface in 2014 when activity reached ‘solar maximum’, meaning more sun spots occurred.

‘Even our star celebrates the spooky season — in 2014, active regions on the Sun created this jack-o’-lantern face, as seen in ultraviolet light by our Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite,’ NASA shared on its website.

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They told me they wished I’d been killed – not Jo Cox,writes MARGARET HODGE

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they told me they wished id been killed not jo coxwrites margaret hodge

As I sat down yesterday morning to read the first few pages of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of trepidation.

After all, I have spent almost every day of the past five years – ever since Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader, to be precise – fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters.

Yet every time I raised the alarm, I was met with stony silence.

Imagine, then, the overwhelming relief that swept over me as I read it confirmed how, under Corbyn, my party had succumbed to a malaise ‘which, at best, did not do enough to prevent anti-Semitism and, at worst, could be seen to accept it’.

'I have spent almost every day of the past five years fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters' writes Margaret Hodge

'I have spent almost every day of the past five years fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters' writes Margaret Hodge

‘I have spent almost every day of the past five years fending off the vile, anti-Jewish hatred of his supporters’ writes Margaret Hodge

It was a momentous, almost vindicating occasion.

Ever since Corbyn and his extremist supporters took control of Labour, I’ve tortured myself over whether it was time to leave.

Indeed, it pains me to say it, but despite being a member of the Labour Party for almost 60 years – roughly half its lifetime – the sheer scale of anti-Semitic abuse hurled at me has taken its toll.

Yet I have stood and fought, even after I was threatened with suspension for walking up to Corbyn in a corridor in Parliament and telling him, in no uncertain words, that he was making it very difficult for Jewish people to stay in the Labour Party.

Yesterday’s report confirms that I was right to weather the storm and hold out for justice.

Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

His successor Keir Starmer speedily recognised Corbyn’s statement for what it was – a pernicious attempt to downplay anti-Semitism – and he was immediately suspended.

Certainly it is a step in the right direction for a party that once prided itself on its anti-Semitic credentials, and I hope that we can begin to look forward. 

But we must not fall into the trap of thinking that the job is done.

Yes, the EHRC report nailed the most insulting lie of Corbyn’s supporters: namely that we Jewish MPs had ‘weaponised’ claims of anti-Semitism for our own nefarious gains.

But the bitter truth is that anti-Semitism is still heavily entrenched in some corners of the party and the Labour movement.

Margaret Hodge: Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

Margaret Hodge: Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

Margaret Hodge: Typically, Corbyn thrust himself into the spotlight story, publishing an obdurate denial and a suggestion that the findings were ‘dramatically overstated’.

No doubt Corbyn’s supporters would deride such a claim as an exaggeration. 

But I know anti-Semitism when I see it.

After all, when I was born in Egypt to Jewish parents, Jews were still being murdered in Hitler’s gas chambers. 

In fact, my maternal grandmother was shot dead by the Nazis outside a Lithuanian concentration camp. 

So understanding Jew-hatred has always been part of my identity.

And while Corbyn is certainly responsible for letting anti-Semitism fester, we must not overlook how countless members lined up to fan its flames.

Corbyn may be suspended, but what about the member who recently sent me a message calling me a ‘racist Zionist c***’? 

Or the one who told me it would have been better if I had been murdered rather than Jo Cox?

In fact, for proof that anti-Semitism still remains in Labour’s ranks, you need only look at the stream of social media messages posted yesterday by Corbynites questioning the EHRC report.

MP Jo Cox, 41,  was murdered in June 2016 after holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire

MP Jo Cox, 41,  was murdered in June 2016 after holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire

MP Jo Cox, 41,  was murdered in June 2016 after holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire

Only last week, Len McCluskey, the Corbyn-supporting general secretary of the Unite union, told the BBC that party grandee Peter Mandelson should ‘go away and count his gold’, the oldest anti-Semitic trope in the book.

Meanwhile, we must not forget that yesterday’s report comes too late for many of my colleagues who were forced out of politics by the abuse that has been thrown at them.

So many good Labour women – such as Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman – could not stand it anymore.

There is something astonishing, and thoroughly depressing, about the fact that I am almost the last Jewish Labour female MP still standing. 

What an indictment of a party with such a proud Jewish tradition.

And so my joy at yesterday’s report is tempered by a feeling of political loneliness and anger.

But that is no excuse to give up fighting. Indeed, in recent months I have been inspired by the courage of those non-Jewish MPs and Labour members who have offered their support and risked being targeted themselves.

I was particularly heartened by the support from my local party, who gave me a standing ovation when I faced disciplinary action for calling out anti-Semitism.

Many of my Muslim local members understood better than most how important it was to always challenge racism.

That instinctive generosity of spirit is why I dare to be optimistic that we can defeat this virus of hatred.

Dare I say it, but I believe we can once again make the Labour Party an organisation that my proud immigrant parents would have regarded as a fit political home for their stubborn daughter.

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