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I have a question about the usage of "toward" here:
"Two top House Democrats today criticized the majority leader, Dick Armey, for what they called disparaging comments toward Jews made at a campaign appearance last weekend. Mr. Armey dismissed the complaints as partisan politics. "
Two senses of "toward" is 1) in the direction of, and 2) in regard to. Does "comments toward" in the example mean the comments happened face to face (in-the-direction-of sense) ,or the comments were about Jews (in-regard-to sense)?
'Towards' can mean in the direction of, but doesn't necessarily mean face to face.
His comments were directed towards Jewish people in general, since he is dividing them into two groups.