(Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidates and U.S. Jewish teams condemned President Donald Trump’s remarks accusing American Jews who vote for Democrats of “nice disloyalty,” whereas the Republican chief caught to his criticism on Wednesday.
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Critics stated Trump’s feedback on Tuesday echoed the anti-Semitic stereotypes accusing American Jews of twin loyalties to the US and Israel.
Talking to reporters on the White Home, Trump referred to Democratic U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib who, who, underneath strain from Trump, have been denied entry to Israel final week.
“The place has the Democratic Celebration gone? The place have they gone the place they’re defending these two individuals over the state of Israel? And I feel any Jewish folks that vote for a Democrat, I feel it reveals both a complete lack of know-how or nice disloyalty,” Trump stated, with out specifying what or who they have been being disloyal to.
Allegations that American Jews have divided loyalties – to Israel in addition to the US – are seen as an anti-Semitic trope. Omar apologized after making such an allegation earlier this 12 months.
Trump has for weeks been attacking Tlaib and Omar, accusing them of hostility to Israel and anti-Semitism.
Trump reprised his assaults on Wednesday, accusing Tlaib on Twitter of wanting to chop off help to Israel. He additionally tweeted a quote from a conservative columnist who likened Trump to the “king of Israel” and stated Israelis “love him like he’s the second coming of God.”
Democrats rejected Trump’s feedback.
“My message to Trump: I’m a proud Jewish particular person and I’ve no considerations about voting Democratic,” Senator Bernie Sanders, a number one candidate within the 2020 Democratic presidential race and an unbiased, stated in a Twitter put up late on Tuesday.
Trump is common in Israel. He delighted many Israelis – whereas appalling different world powers – by recognizing Jerusalem as their capital, transferring the U.S. Embassy there, withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.
American Jews lean Democratic. Roughly 70 p.c of American Jews have usually supported Democratic candidates in latest U.S. presidential elections.
The present front-runner to problem Trump in November 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden, known as the president’s feedback “insulting and inexcusable” and urged him to cease dividing People.
“The Jewish individuals don’t must show their loyalty to you, @realDonaldTrump – or to anybody else,” stated Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, a former U.S. congressman from Texas who has known as Trump a racist over his immigration rhetoric.
Many U.S. Jewish teams expressed outrage at Trump’s feedback.
“It’s harmful and shameful for President Trump to assault the massive majority of the American Jewish group as unintelligent and ‘disloyal,’” J Avenue, a liberal Jewish-American lobbying group, stated on Tuesday.
The American Jewish Committee known as Trump’s feedback “shockingly divisive.”
“American Jews – like all People – have a spread of political beliefs and coverage priorities. His evaluation of their data or ‘loyalty,’ primarily based on their occasion desire, is inappropriate, unwelcome, and downright harmful,” stated committee Chief Govt David Harris.
The Republican Jewish Committee, nevertheless, sided with Trump.
“President Trump is correct, it reveals a substantial amount of disloyalty to oneself to defend a celebration that protects/emboldens folks that hate you on your faith,” the group stated.
Trump has for weeks been attacking Tlaib and Omar, together with first-term lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley – all progressive girls of shade. Amongst different issues, he has accused them of hostility to Israel.
Most Democrats disagree with Tlaib and Omar’s views on Israel, however Trump’s repeated assaults have rallied help for the 2 inside their occasion.
The workplace of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which has significantly shut ties with the Trump administration, declined to touch upon his remarks.
Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Mayaan Lubell; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis