Over the weekend, President Donald Trump spoke to the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida, and his remarks are drawing sharp criticism from several Jewish groups who say the president used blatantly anti-Semitic tropes during his remarks.
According to HuffPost:
Jewish groups denounced President Donald Trump Sunday for anti-Semitic tropes after he referred to some Jewish voters in the real estate business as “brutal killers” who will vote for him to dodge a wealth tax.
Trump also complained that some Jews “don’t love Israel enough” in a speech Saturday at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida before a supportive crowd that chanted “four more years.”
Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, slammed Trump’s comments as “vile and bigoted,” adding:
“(Trump’s) deeply offensive remarks … including his unconscionable repeating of negative stereotypes that have been used historically to target Jews, only reinforce our belief … that Donald Trump is the biggest threat to American Jews.”
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg echoed Soifer, tweeting out:
It’s not even coded antisemitism. It’s not a dog whistle. He’s saying this. Out loud. To a room full of Jews. (Who laugh, wtaf white supremacy is a hell of a drug) https://t.co/IgYNBWjyZ0
— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) December 8, 2019
While he was at it, Trump also slagged Native Americans by repeating a frequent nickname he’s given to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA):
“A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. You’re brutal killers. Not nice people at all. But you have to vote for me; you have no choice. You’re not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that … You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax.
“Even if you don’t like me; some of you don’t. Some of you I don’t like at all, actually. And you’re going to be my biggest supporters because you’ll be out of business in about 15 minutes if they [Democrats] get” (the presidency.)”
That led the progressive Jewish advocacy group J Street to remark that Trump is fond of anti-Semitic tropes:
The President of the United States is incapable of addressing Jewish audiences without dipping into the deep well of anti-Semitic tropes that shape his worldview. https://t.co/XGewT2VGPC
— J Street (@jstreetdotorg) December 8, 2019
Trump loves to say he’s the best friend Israel has ever had, but polls show that the vast majority of American Jews reject that, telling pollsters they have never and will never vote for him. A Gallup poll released in August showed that 69 percent of Jewish Americans surveyed said they disapproved of the job Trump is doing.
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