Trump: Any Jew Voting for Democrats is Disloyal

Jewish Groups Condemn


Speaking in the Oval Office yesterday, President Trump said any Jew who votes for the Democratic party is either "ignorant" or "disloyal."

At the time, he was discussing Democratic lawmakers Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar and the general drift of the Democratic party away from a pro-Israel stance.

By "disloyal" Trump could have meant to the country or to the Republican party or to the president. But he could have also meant to Jews themselves.

Jewish groups quickly weighed in, bashing Trump's statement and saying it harkens back to some of the worst antisemitic stereotypes.

Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League, said, "It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be 'disloyal' to, but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews."

He told Trump to stop “using Jews as a political football.”

AJC head David Harris said, “This is a free country. Jews aren’t a monolithic bloc, nor single-issue voters. Some will vote Democratic, others Republican. As Americans, that’s their right. Please keep loyalty out of it."

Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, asserted, “This is yet another example of Donald Trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism."

"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. We live in a democracy, and Jewish support for the Republican Party has been halved in the past four years," she said.

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