Trump retweeted the quote from a conservative author and radio host Wayne Allyn Root.
Edited by: JV Staff
President Donald Trump retweeted a post on Wednesday from conservative author and radio host Wayne Allyn Root that American Jews “don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense!”
World Israel News reported that Root was likely referring to that fact that polls show U.S. Jews overwhelmingly oppose Trump despite the president’s track record of supporting Israel, including moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, cutting aid to the Palestinian Authority, and tightening sanctions on Iran, which has threatened Israel repeatedly with annihilation.
Pew Research found that 79% of U.S. Jews in 2018 voted Democrat for the House of Representatives.
Root also complimented the president for his efforts on behalf of Israel, according to the WIN report.
Root said Trump is “the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world… and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…”
The president’s retweet prompted a string of comments on Twitter both for and against him. One prominent name was Yair Netanyahu, son of Israel’s prime minister, who appeared to endorse Root’s words.
“We love president Trump in Israel! The best friend the Jewish people ever had in the White House! Thank you!” he tweeted.
The tweet follows criticism the president received after he said on Tuesday at the White House that American Jews who voted Democrat show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
Also on Wednesday, Trump pointed out that no American president had done more than he has for Israel, amid criticism of his comments about Jewish Americans that were seen as anti-Semitic, according to a report on the Israel National News web site.
“I have been responsible for a lot of great things for Israel,” Trump told reporters, according to AFP, when asked about his assertion a day earlier that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats show “a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
“No president has ever done anywhere close to what I’ve done” for Israel,” he added, citing as evidence his decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and his recognition of Israeli sovereignty over part of the Golan Heights.
INN reported that Trump also doubled down on his criticism of Democratic lawmakers such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib and accused them of being anti-Semitic.
“They are anti-Semites. In my opinion, if you vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and you’re being very disloyal to Israel,” he said.
“In my opinion, the Democrats have gone very far away from Israel. I cannot understand how they can do that,” Trump added.
Liberal Jewish groups like J Street, the Jewish Democratic Council of America and Democratic Majority for Israel jumped on Trump’s comments, suggesting that he was employing an anti-Semitic trope about dual loyalty, according to a WIN report. Jonathan Greenblatt, representing the more mainstream Anti-Defamation League, also weighed in on their side.
However, other groups such as the Republican Jewish Coalition defended Trump, arguing that the president was speaking about people being disloyal to themselves and their own identity, as was reported by World Israel News.
Taking the entirety of the president’s remarks, the latter appears more to be the case as the president defended Israel.
Trump commented on attacks against the Jewish state by Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who have made numerous anti-Israel comments in the short time they’ve been in office. At a Monday press conference, the two hinted at cutting aid to Israel.
Trump said on Tuesday that “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?” Trump said.(World Israel News)
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