Hours after tweeting that Muslim Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) "hates Israel and all Jewish people," President Donald Trump told reporters that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is either dumb or disloyal.
Ironically enough, his comments came as he was decrying the so-called anti-Semitism of the Democratic party.
"Where has the Democratic party gone? Where have they gone that they're defending [Tlaib and Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar] over the state of Israel," Trump said.
"And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."
Pres. Trump: Jews who vote for Democrats show either “lack of knowledge or great disloyalty” https://t.co/aYIcGo5zvO https://t.co/ZIMtdtnNgO— CBS News (@CBS News) 1566335626.0
Israel recently banned Tlaib and Omar from entering the country ahead of a planned state visit after the two criticized the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians. Trump praised Israel's decision in a tweet, saying it would "show great weakness" if the government permitted their visits.
Trump's accusations of anti-Semitism come just over a year after his white nationalist supporters marched through Charlottesville, Virginia with torches, shouting "Jews will not replace us."
Many Jewish people made it clear who they believed to be the true anti-Semite.
.@realDonaldTrump stop using us Jews as political pawns. I’m a proud American Jew who votes for a Democrat. And I’m… https://t.co/S2GO8hxbFu— David Weissman (@David Weissman) 1566330782.0
As a Jew, I would sooner take advice about what a Jew should do from a glazed ham. https://t.co/TZSlXhXvQP— Daylin Leach (@Daylin Leach) 1566336366.0
It's obnoxious when Jews call other Jews "bad Jews." But what's the word for it when a non-Jew calls Jews "bad Jews." What is that word?— Jon Lovett (@Jon Lovett) 1566332403.0
This is it, Trump’s antisemitic philosophy exposed. If Jews don’t agree with him, they aren’t good Jews. This is… https://t.co/6f4B1NS5zB— Elad Nehorai (@Elad Nehorai) 1566328520.0
What’s it going to take for people to realize that Trump is antisemitic? He’s called neo-nazis “very fine people,… https://t.co/b2YdRmuAZV— samantha✡️🏳️🌈🌹 (@samantha✡️🏳️🌈🌹) 1566338247.0
In fact, by calling Jews who vote for Democrats disloyal, Trump perpetuated the trope that American Jews have a "dual loyalty" to Israel. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was widely criticized for this when she implied that American Jews supportive of Israel could have "allegiance to a foreign country." It's unclear as of now if Trump will feel compelled to apologize, as Omar did.
When it comes to dual loyalty, some are noticing a double standard.
So where’s the Republican outrage over Trump repeating anti-Semitic dual loyalty tropes?— Alberto Vallejo (@Alberto Vallejo) 1566338326.0
Also, why is it ok for Trump to accuse Jews of dual loyalty, but when others do it it's anti-Semitic? https://t.co/bWfZyLuBWo— Robbie (@Robbie) 1566338314.0
Its incredible (incredible!) how a Muslim congresswoman can say something that, to some, sounds almost a little bit… https://t.co/I8BFhHl7Cf— “Bentley” Addison (@“Bentley” Addison) 1566333611.0
Seventy-one percent of Jewish people voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Nearly 80% voted Democrat in the 2018 midterms.
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