US Jews: Trump spreading anti-Semitic trope by accusing Jews of ‘disloyalty’


WASHINGTON — American Jewish leaders on Tuesday condemned US President Donald Trump after he accused Jews who help Democrats of “nice disloyalty,” saying he was using a harmful anti-Semitic trope.

“It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews can be “disloyal” to, however prices of disloyalty have lengthy been used to assault Jews,” tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League, calling on the president to cease “utilizing Jews as a political soccer.”

American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris known as his feedback “outrageous.”

“It is a free nation. Jews aren’t a monolithic bloc, nor single-issue voters. Some will vote Democratic, others Republican. As People, that’s their proper. Please hold loyalty out of it,” he stated.

On Tuesday, Trump lashed out at Democrats over what he claimed was their lack of help for Israel, suggesting that American Jews who intend to vote for his rival celebration within the 2020 elections can be displaying “great disloyalty.

“I feel any Jewish individuals who would vote for a Democrat, I feel it exhibits both a complete lack of expertise or nice disloyalty,” Trump stated throughout an Oval Workplace assembly with President Klaus Iohannis of Romania.

Trump was reacting to calls by Trump was commenting on the uproar in Washington over Israel’s barring of Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from coming into the nation attributable to their help for boycotting Israel.

Trump has repeatedly voiced his frustration over his unpopularity  amongst American Jews, regardless of his shut help for Israel and his steps to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy there.

Certainly, greater than 75 % of American Jews voted for Democrats within the 2018 midterms, in line with exit polls. That marked a 4 proportion level enhance from the proportion of Jewish voters (71%) who pulled the lever for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016.

And Jewish Democrats stated Trump’s phrases, amounted to perpetuating an anti-Semitic notion that Jews have twin loyalty to America and Israel.

“That is yet one more instance of Donald Trump persevering with to weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism,” stated Halie Soifer, govt director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America.

“At a time when anti-Semitic incidents have elevated — because of the president’s emboldening of white nationalism — Trump is repeating an anti-Semitic trope,” she continued. “If that is about Israel, then Trump is repeating a twin loyalty declare, which is a type of anti-Semitism. If that is about Jews being ‘loyal’ to him, then Trump wants a actuality examine. We stay in a democracy, and Jewish help for the Republican Get together has been halved prior to now 4 years.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks on the ceremony for a brand new city named for US President Donald Trump, in Kela Alon within the northwestern Golan, on June 16, 2019. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Different Jewish Democratic operatives stated that Trump’s newest feedback had been a part of an extended and pernicious sample of anti-Semitic political leaders accusing Jews of missing in loyalty.

“Jews have had an extended historical past of being in nations the place we’re accused of being disloyal,” stated Aaron Keyak, former head of the Nationwide Jewish Democratic Council and a veteran political operative.

“These type of assaults are harmful, reckless, and incorrect. Simply because President Trump is deeply unpopular in our neighborhood is not any cause to slander us with echos of among the most insidious assaults in opposition to our folks. We’ve seen the place this highway has led earlier than.”

Non-Jews, too, famous the connotations of Trump’s remarks. The previous CBS anchor Dan Somewhat tweeted that they had been bigoted. “Let’s be crystal clear,” he stated. “When Pres. Trump says that Jews who vote for Democrats present ‘both a complete lack of expertise or nice disloyalty,’ he’s summoning the forces of bigotry and anti-Semitism with all of its blood-stained historical past.”

Trump’s feedback got here after a lot of the US Jewish neighborhood and just about all of Democratic Get together has expressed outrage over Israel’s barring of Tlaib and  Omar.

Omar and Tlaib, who’ve sparred with Trump over Israel and plenty of different points, stated Monday that the US president pressured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ban them. They adopted by calling for the US to chop support to Israel till it halts settlement constructing and ensures equal rights for Palestinians.

Whereas criticism of Trump’s “disloyalty” remarks had been widespread throughout the US Jewish neighborhood, at the very least one Jewish group got here to his protection.

“President Trump is correct,” the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted, “it exhibits a substantial amount of disloyalty to oneself to defend a celebration that protects/emboldens those who hate you in your faith.”

The liberal Mideast advocacy group J Road, nevertheless, stated it was the logical subsequent step after the president’s bigoted assaults on different racial and ethnic minorities.

“It’s harmful and shameful for President Trump to assault the massive majority of the American Jewish neighborhood as unintelligent and ‘disloyal,” stated Logan Bayroff, the group’s director of communications. “However it’s no shock that the president’s racist, disingenuous assaults on progressive girls of coloration in Congress have now transitioned into smears in opposition to Jews.”