President Trump on Tuesday said he thinks “Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” and blasted Democratic lawmakers who want to cut aid to Israel.
“I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” Trump told reporters during an Oval Office meeting with the president of Romania.
Trump’s comments came as he accused Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) of hating Israel and the Jewish people, and he complained that Democrats should also be criticizing them.
“The concept of even talking about this … of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people, I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation,” Trump said in the Oval Office.
“Where has the Democratic Party gone?” he continued. “Where have they gone … where they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel?”
Here's the video of Trump saying, "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."
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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 20, 2019
Liberal Jewish groups swiftly condemned Trump’s Tuesday remarks.
“At a time when anti-Semitic incidents have increased — due to the president’s emboldening of white nationalism — Trump is repeating an anti-Semitic trope. If this is about Israel, then Trump is repeating a dual loyalty claim, which is a form of anti-Semitism. If this is about Jews being ‘loyal’ to him, then Trump needs a reality check,” said Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America.
Disgusting. The President of the United States just said that over 75% of American Jews are either disloyal or unintelligent. https://t.co/l6qTtZOaIB
— J Street (@jstreetdotorg) August 20, 2019
Trump angered Jewish groups and others in 2017 when he said there were “very fine people on both sides” of a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where marchers carried Nazi banners and chanted anti-Semitic slogans.