Trump clarifies: Voting Democrat is being ‘disloyal
to Israel, Jewish people’
By: World Israel News Staff
Outlet: World Israel News
Date: August 22, 2019
President Donald Trump clarified remarks he made on Tuesday
concerning Jews who vote for the Democratic party given its refusal to distance
itself from two anti-Israel representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
On Wednesday, Trump said “If you vote for a
Democrat, you’re being disloyal to Jewish people, and you’re being very
disloyal to Israel.”
This was a clearer version of his Tuesday comments at the
Oval Office in which he said, “Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat –
I think it shows either
a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
Trump’s comments opened him up to a wave of criticism,
mainly from Democrats and liberal Jewish groups who accused him of flirting with
an anti-Semitic stereotype, choosing to interpret his comments to mean that Jews
weren’t showing sufficient loyalty to America.
Rep. Omar of Minnesota has traded more explicitly in
anti-Semitic tropes, accusing AIPAC, America’s largest lobbying arm on behalf
of Israel, of buying support in Congress. She also accused Jews of pushing
“for allegiance to a foreign country.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition on Tuesday rejected the
idea that Trump was doing the same, saying he had meant that Jews who voted
Democrat were being disloyal to themselves.
Trump’s Wednesday clarification shows this was the case.
The president’s original comments were sparked by a
Monday press conference held by Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib of Michigan at which
they hinted at cutting U.S. aid to Israel.
Trump made a strong defense of Israel during his initial
‘disloyalty’ comment on Tuesday, saying “Five years ago, the concept of
even talking about this – even three years ago – of cutting off aid to
Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people – I
can’t believe we’re even having this conversation.”
“Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they
gone where they’re defending these two people over the State of Israel?”