Trump accuses Jewish Democrats of having ‘great disloyalty’ or a ‘lack of knowledge’

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump accused Jewish people who vote for Democrats of being either ignorant or disloyal.

“I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” he told reporters during an Oval Office meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

Many are calling Trump’s comments out as anti-Semitic.

“Calling Jews ‘disloyal’ is one of the most horrendous tropes from the Holocaust. And now Trump is questioning their loyalty to America. American Jews do not have a dual loyalty. American Jews are American. This rhetoric is right out of Hitler’s playbook,” one Twitter user wrote.

Some Jewish people who vote Democratic are now using the hashtag #DisloyalToTrump in response.

“Today Trump said that Jewish people who vote for Democrats are disloyal. Disloyal to whom? I’m Jewish. My aunts were killed in the Holocaust. In their memory, I am proudly disloyal to Trump and the racist hatred he incites and inspires. #DisloyalToTrump,” Nancy Levine wrote on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/nancylevine/status/1163954489092530176

In 2017, at the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalists chanted, “Jews will not replace us.” The rally was met with anti-white nationalist protesters. Trump would later say that there were “very fine people on both sides.”

The comment comes amid ongoing tension between Israel and Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). on Aug. 15, both congresswomen were barred from entering the Jewish state because they are supporters of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. Omar has since called for the U.S. to reconsider giving Israel aid in light of its decision. Even though Trump refused to take any credit for Israel’s choice, he expressed continued support for Israel and its ban on the congresswomen.

“I have nothing to do with it,” Trump said about Israel’s decision to bar the politicians from entry. “But I don’t blame them for doing what they did. I think it would’ve been very bad to let them in.”

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H/T Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Tiffanie Drayton

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