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.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 20, 2019
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.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) August 20, 2019
As a Jew, I would sooner take advice about what a Jew should do from a glazed ham. https://t.co/TZSlXhXvQP
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) August 20, 2019
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 (@jonlovett) August 20, 2019
This is it, Trump’s antisemitic philosophy exposed.
If Jews don’t agree with him, they aren’t good Jews.
This is how he gets us killed. Sides with the “good ones” and spouts hate at the rest, coded or not.
Thus the Soros caravan conspiracy that led to the Pittsburgh massacre. https://t.co/5kAULiF1Xy
— Elad Nehorai (@PopChassid) August 20, 2019
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 (@Alberto1Vallejo) August 20, 2019
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 (@rjmedwed) August 20, 2019
Its incredible (incredible!) how a Muslim congresswoman can say something that, to some, sounds almost a little bit like dual loyalty and be eviscerated for antisemitism,
but Trump can just go ahead and call 80% of American Jews disloyal and get off scot-free.
— “Bentley” Addison (@ashkenegro) August 20, 2019
Seventy-one percent of Jewish people voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Nearly 80% voted Democrat in the 2018 midterms.
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