Trump’s comments drew backlash from Jewish leaders
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, is known for making comments which draw a lot of attention. Speaking with the press on Tuesday Trump said any American Jews that vote for a Democrat have a “total lack of knowledge or a great disloyalty.”
Recently, Israel barred Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. These officials were well-known for speaking against the Israeli government, due to the policies in place against the Palestinians.
….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
Trump, while speaking to the press about this matter, targeted the American Jews with his comment. He also questioned the Democratic Party as to why they continue to defend the two representatives, instead of Israel.
However, the majority of American Jews favor the Democrats, as this party is known for protecting minority groups. Since 2014, the number of Jews supporting this group is on the rise, according to the Jewish Democratic Council of America.
The strange thing is that the comments by Trump don’t make any sense. The American Jews are known to support Israel, even though they criticize the state’s government for its actions.
However, this didn’t go down well with the Jewish community. They were upset with the comments, as they believe the President’s remarks were anti-Semitic.
Words carry a lot of weight to the Jewish community, as individuals used them in the past to kill millions of Jews. In a time where neo-Nazis and white supremacy are on the rise, the President needs to be careful with what he says in public.
Sen. Bernie Sanders wasn’t happy with Trump’s remarks. During a Sioux Falls, Iowa rally he said, “Let me say this to the President. I am a proud Jewish person and I have no concerns about voting Democratic and in fact I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States.”
You cannot call yourself a Christian and vote for the Anti Christ Trump. He said he's the CHOSEN ONE. And the seconding coming of Christ…Seriously? https://t.co/IXiBAehQSZ
— Tortured Individual (@TargetedMadison) August 21, 2019
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of Anti-Defamation League, asked politicians to stop involving Jews in political issues. Jewish Democratic Council of America’s executive director, Halie Soifer, stated that these anti-Semitic comments could embolden white supremacists.
"The Jews are not loyal to the state." — Adolf Hitler
"Any Jew that votes Democrat is disloyal." — Donald Trump
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) August 21, 2019
Trump went on Twitter to praise Wayne Allyn Root for the conservative radio host’s words about him. Root commented that Jews love Donald Trump, as though he is the “King of Israel.” He also drew a parallel on how the President is the “second coming of God.”
However, Jews do not believe in the second coming of the New Testament, not the Hebrew Bible.