In a post on his Truth Social platform that is drawing accusations of antisemitism, former President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked American Jews for insufficiently supporting him.
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- In a post on his Truth Social platform that is drawing accusations of antisemitism, former President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked American Jews for insufficiently supporting him
- "Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel - Before it is too late!” he wrote
- The comment taps into the antisemitic “dual loyalty” trope that American Jews are more loyal to Israel and Jewish people than to the United States
- Trump’s comments were met with swift rebukes from Jewish advocacy groups and Democrats
- The White House spokesperson condemned Trump's comments at a briefing on Monday, calling his rhetoric "antisemitic" and "insulting both to Jews and to our Israeli allies"
“No President has done more for Israel than I have,” Trump wrote. “Somewhat surprisingly, however, our wonderful Evangelicals are far more appreciative of this than the people of the Jewish faith, especially those living in the U.S. Those living in Israel, though, are a different story - Highest approval rating in the World, could easily be P.M.!
"U.S. Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel - Before it is too late!” Trump added.
The comment taps into the antisemitic “dual loyalty” trope that American Jews are more loyal to Israel and Jewish people than to the United States. The American Jewish Committee calls such rhetoric "a bigoted trope used to cast Jews as the 'other.'"
"For example, it becomes antisemitic when an American Jew’s connection to Israel is scrutinized to the point of questioning his or her trustworthiness or loyalty to the United States," the AJC's website reads. "Dual loyalty accusations also occur on U.S. college campuses when Jewish students are asked to denounce the actions of the Israeli government in order to participate in progressive activities."
Trump’s comments were met with swift rebukes from Jewish advocacy groups and Democrats.
“We don't need the former president, who curries favor with extremists and antisemites, to lecture us about the US-Israel relationship,” Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote on Twitter. “It is not about a quid pro quo; it rests on shared values and security interests. This ‘Jewsplaining’ is insulting and disgusting.”
The AJC tweeted: “Support for the Jewish state never gives one license to lecture American Jews, nor does it ever give the right to draw baseless judgments about the ties between U.S. Jews and Israel.
“And to be clear, those ties are strong and enduring,” it added.
The White House spokesperson condemned Trump's comments at a briefing on Monday, calling his rhetoric "antisemitic" and "insulting both to Jews and to our Israeli allies."
"Let's be clear — for years now, Donald Trump has aligned with extremist and antisemitic figures, and it should be it should be called out," said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. "We need to root out antisemitism everywhere it rears its ugly head. We need to call this out."
"With respect to Israel, our relationship is ironclad, and it's rooted in shared values and interests," she added. "Donald Trump clearly doesn't understand that, either."
Several congressional Democrats also blasted Trump over the comments.
“The LAST person anyone should take lessons from about Jews or Israel is Trump, who courts extremists and authoritarians and now threatens the American Jewish community,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who is Jewish, wrote on Twitter. “His fake concern for Israel is transparent and his divisiveness and antisemitic dual loyalty tropes show that.”
Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., who also is Jewish, tweeted: “The former President’s statement about Jewish people is repulsive, offensive, and downright dangerous. Today would be a great day for my Republican colleagues to condemn such reprehensible tropes. So far, the silence is deafening.”
Another Jewish member of Congress, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., said many Jews support Trump, but added they “don’t need him to tell us what our values should be.”
Sunday’s comments are not the first time Trump has criticized American Jews.
In a December interview with an Israeli journalist, the former president, venting over his lack of support from American Jews in the 2020 election, said, “The Jewish people in the United States either don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel.
“It used to be that Israel had absolute power over Congress,” Trump said in the same interview, touching on another antisemitic trope that claims Jews are on a quest to control banks, the media, industry and government.
In 2019, Trump said that if any Jewish people voted for a Democrat in the upcoming presidential election, “I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
And Trump was criticized following a 2018 White House Hanukkah event for referring to Israel as “your country”
Spectrum News' Austin Landis contributed to this report.