President Donald Trump doubled down on his assertion on Wednesday that Americans who vote for Democrats are being “disloyal” to Israel and the Jewish people.
“In my opinion, the Democrats have gone very far away from Israel, I cannot understand how they can do that,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“They don’t want to fund Israel,” he continued. “They want to take away foreign aid to Israel. They want to do a lot of bad things to Israel. In my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel. And only weak people would say anything other than that.”
Trump made a similar claim at the White House on Tuesday.
The trip was being sponsored by Mitfah, an anti-Semitic group which has voiced support for Palestinian terrorist activities against the Jewish people.
Me: “To whom are American Jews being disloyal by voting for Democrats?”@realDonaldTrump: “I have been responsible for a lot of great things for Israel…”
Me: But American Jews are American, sir.”
Trump: “Wait a minute. No president has done what I’ve done.” pic.twitter.com/6h5oz4tnQN
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 21, 2019
Both Omar and Tlaib have backed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which seeks to destroy Israel by isolating it from the world’s economy.
The resolution compared the modern BDS movement to Americans’ boycott of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Trump contrasted Omar and Tlaib’s record with his own toward Israel.
“I have been responsible for a lot of great things for Israel,” he said. “One of them was moving the embassy to Jerusalem, making Jerusalem the capital of Israel. One of them was the Golan Heights. One of them frankly is Iran. Iran is a very far weakened nation right now.”
Trump has been called the most pro-Israel president ever.
On Wednesday morning, he tweeted a quote from conservative commentator Wayne Allyn Root, who said, “President 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.”
….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed Omar and Tlaib, saying Israel’s decision to deny the lawmakers entry was a “sign of weakness, and beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel.”
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