President Trump assumed Jews “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” in a way that overrides other loyalties
According to The Washington Post, a White House source as revealing that President Trump said that Jews, “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” in a way that overrides other loyalties. This echoes old anti-Semitic tropes that Jews are disloyal and cannot be trusted. The comments were made after President Trump spoke on the phone with Jewish lawmakers.
CNN also reported that the President said in a pre-Rosh Hashanah call to Jewish supporters, “What really amazes me, and I have to tell you because I saw a poll, that in the last election I got 25 percent of the Jewish vote. And I said here I have a son-in-law and a daughter who are Jewish, I have beautiful grandchildren that are Jewish. But I’m amazed that it seems to be almost automatically a Democrat vote.”
|CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - AUGUST 24: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on August 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The four-day event is themed|
According to Fr24 News, this isn’t the first time Trump has been convicted of remarks about American Jews. Last year, Jewish groups condemned it by publicly labeling Jews who vote Democrats as disloyal.
He reiterated a similar comment last week during an appeal with Jewish leaders ahead of Rosh Hashanah, lamenting the fact that he did not win a majority of the Jewish vote, according to multiple reports.
Biden campaign blasts President Trump for using anti-Semitic tropes
According to Jewish Business News, former Vice President Joe Biden is calling on American Jews to “stick together” and defeat President Trump in November. Well at least that is what the Presidential candidate’s Jewish engagement director Aaron Keyak said in response to reports on Trump’s anti-Semitic comments.
|Donald Trump (left) and Joe Biden. Getty Images|
“This is who Donald Trump really is. We know that Donald Trump’s use of anti-Semitic tropes has emboldened all those who hate Jews. We must not numb ourselves to Trump’s dangerous rhetoric during our sacred time of reflection and holiness,” Keyak said in a statement.
“This should serve as a wake up call to the relatively few Jewish Americans who still insist on standing with and promoting the current occupant of the White House. Our community must stick together to do everything we can defeat Trump in November.”, The Hill reported.
White House disputed about Trump's comments in the Post's story
When asked about Trump’s comments, the White House led The Hill on Matthew’s quote in the Post’s story.
Responding to criticism from the Biden campaign of Trump’s anti-Semitic comments on Jews, a spokesperson for Trump’s campaign called the president “the State of Israel’s greatest ally.”
|Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Sunday in Hudson, New Hampshire. | Mary Altaffer/AP Photo|
“President Trump is the greatest ally the State of Israel has ever had in the White House. As the mainstream media continues to spotlight anonymous sources for disparaging the president weeks before the election, Americans can see the truth for themselves through the president’s actions to fight anti-Semitism, move the embassy America in Israel in Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as its capital. Israel, tear apart the Obama-Biden administration’s disastrous Iran nuclear deal and sign Abraham’s historic accords, ” Trump spokeswoman Courtney Parella said in a statement, Fr24 News revealed.
|President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his cabinet in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on May 19. Alex Wong/Getty Images.|
White House deputy spokesperson Sarah Matthews also disputed the reports about her boss’ comments telling the Post, “Donald Trump’s record as a private citizen and as a president has been one of fighting for including and advocating for the equal treatment of all. Anyone who suggests otherwise is only seeking to sow division.”
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