Trump says Jews who support Democrats ‘hate Israel’ and ‘their religion’

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Former President Donald J. Trump accused Jews who vote Democratic of hating their religion and Israel, reviving and intensifying a claim he made as president that Jewish Democrats were disloyal.

A few hours later, in the face of mounting criticism from Jewish groups, the Trump campaign repeated its incendiary accusation, declaring that “Trump is right” and that the Democratic Party “has become an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, pro-Israel party.” In all rules”. terrorist clique.”

Trump made his comments in an interview published online Monday with Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump White House aide who is now hosts a conservative radio show. Gorka asked Trump about criticism from prominent Democrats, including President Biden and Senator Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader – had imposed against Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s right-wing prime minister.

“In fact, I think they hate Israel,” Trump responded. Mr. Gorka agreed.

“Any Jewish person who votes Democrat hates their religion,” Trump later added. “They hate everything related to Israel and should be ashamed of themselves because Israel will be destroyed.”

Democratic officials “hate Israel,” he said, because they want votes from people who sympathize with the plight of Palestinians in Gaza, where more than 30,000 people have been killed in the war there.

“Don’t forget, when you see those Palestinian marches, even I’m surprised by how many people are at those marches,” Trump said. “And guys like Schumer see that, and for him it’s the votes. I think it’s the votes more than anything else, because he was always pro-Israel. He now he is very anti-Israel.”

A White House spokesperson described Trump’s comments as “vile and unhinged anti-Semitic rhetoric.”

“There is no justification for spreading false and toxic stereotypes that threaten fellow Americans,” said Andrew Bates, Biden’s deputy press secretary, adding that the Biden administration “will never give hate a safe harbor, not even today.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish advocacy group, said that “accusing Jews of hating their religion because they might vote for a particular party is defamatory and patently false.”

Schumer called Trump’s comments “highly partisan, hateful statements.”

“Making Israel a partisan issue only harms Israel and the US-Israel relationship,” Schumer said on social media, adding: “I am working in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the US-Israel relationship is maintained for generations to come, driven by peace in the Middle East.”

Trump had received significant criticism for similar comments he made when he was president, when repeatedly accused Jewish voters of disloyalty if they voted for Democrats. Those comments, and Trump’s comments on Monday, evoke an anti-Semitic trope that Jews have a “dual loyalty” and are often more loyal to Israel than to their own countries.

Jewish Democrats quickly expressed outrage at Trump’s comments.

“Another day, another depraved anti-Semitic rant from Donald Trump, who has repeatedly vilified the overwhelming majority of American Jews,” said Halie Soifer, executive director of the Democratic Jewish Council of America, said on social media. (Jews are considered to be one of the most consistently liberal and democratic parties demographics in the United States.)

Amy Spitalnick, executive director of the liberal Jewish Council for Public Affairs, said the social media that Trump was “further normalizing dangerous anti-Semites.”

Schumer, in a carefully worded speech last week, said Netanyahu was an impediment to peace and called for new elections in Israel. He The partisan reaction was immediate., and Republicans accused Schumer of being anti-Israel and betraying one of America’s closest allies. Trump seemed to cling to those criticisms, but he escalated them far beyond what most Republicans have said about it.

His comments to Mr. Gorka also followed an incendiary and carefree speech in Ohio on Saturday, where he said that some immigrants “aren’t people” and that the country would face a “bloodbath” if it lost the November election.

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