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Several prominent American Jewish organizations and leaders have decried President Donald Trump’s suggestion this week that Jews who vote for Democrats show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
The president first made the remarks Tuesday and on Wednesday reiterated that he believes Democrat-leaning Jews were being “disloyal” to Jewish people and to Israel.
Jewish leaders quickly pointed out that accusing Jews of disloyalty is itself a common anti-Semitic trope.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said Wednesday that charges of disloyalty long have been used to marginalize or attack Jewish people. He called the president’s comments anti-Semitic.
Let’s be clear: What @POTUS said was #antiSemitic. The charge of disloyalty or dual loyalty has been used against Jews for centuries. Almost a year after the #Pittsburgh shooting, as #antiSemitism continues to rise, it’s bewildering that we still need to have this conversation. https://t.co/siRhdAvlSI
Let’s be clear: What @POTUS said was #antiSemitic. The charge of disloyalty or dual loyalty has been used against Jews for centuries. Almost a year after the #Pittsburgh shooting, as #antiSemitism continues to rise, it’s bewildering that we still need to have this conversation. https://t.co/siRhdAvlSI— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) August 21, 2019
This messianic screed was written by a Christian conspiracy theorist who said Trump should be called "the first Jewish President." Clearly, Trump's real audience is Evangelicals, not Jews. 3/4 of Jews don't support Trump b/c his policies and words are antithetical to our values. pic.twitter.com/7voUMxiE5A— Halie Soifer (@HalieSoifer) August 21, 2019
We take the President seriously, not literally. President Trump is pointing out the obvious: for those who care about Israel, the position of many elected Democrats has become anti-Israel. 1/2— RJC (@RJC) August 21, 2019
For @POTUS to assert that Jews who vote Democratic show “disloyalty” is outrageous.— David Harris (@DavidHarrisAJC) August 20, 2019
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. https://t.co/nlZQhTbroG
We are sick and tired of Trump's repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes and his inciting of hate and violence against Jews.— ✡ Jewish Dems ???? (@USJewishDems) August 21, 2019
The Jewish community is less safe today because of Donald Trump. https://t.co/M4oEZGyk9o
It is dangerous + shameful for Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent + disloyal.— J Street (@jstreetdotorg) August 20, 2019
But it's no surprise that his racist attacks on progressive women of color in Congress have now turned into smears against Jews.https://t.co/NZPpLM1yK1
Trump is screaming the quiet part out loud.— IfNotNow???? (@IfNotNowOrg) August 21, 2019
For years — as a candidate and now as President — he has demonstrated his vicious antisemitism and belief that Jews aren’t real Americans. https://t.co/CVgWIPNmFU
American Jews - and all faith communities - have the right to vote w/o fear of persecution & intimidation. That is the definition of democracy. Free thought & religious freedom cannot be discarded b/c of political whims. American Jews will not be used as Trump's political pawns.— Sheila Katz (@SheilaKatz1) August 21, 2019
Suggesting that Jews are disloyal for exercising the right to vote is irresponsible and dangerous. Political and religious freedom are hallmarks of this nation and protect people of all faiths and no faith. Stop using the Jewish community to score political points.— Rabbi Jonah Pesner (@JonahPesner) August 20, 2019
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