UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump reacted to criticism of his accusation that American Jews casting votes for the Democratic Party were “high treason” and added on Wednesday that any vote for a Democratic candidate was a vote against Israel.
“I think if you give your voice to a Democrat, you are a very, very traitor to Israel and the Jewish people,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House.
The accusation of “high treason” angered Democratic presidential candidates and American Jewish groups.
Critics said Trump’s remarks reflected anti-Semitic stereotypes that accused American Jews of double loyalty to the United States and Israel.
In remarks to reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday, the US president referred to Democrats Ilhan Omar and Rachida Tlaib, whom Israel refused to allow under Trump’s pressure.
“Where did the Democratic Party go? To what extent did they go to defend these two women at the expense of the State of Israel? I believe that any Jew votes in favor of democracy, this shows complete ignorance or treason, ”he said, without explaining the betrayal of anyone or anyone.
Accusing American Jews of double loyalty is seen as a metaphor. MP Ilhan Omar apologized this year for similar statements.
Trump has been attacking the deputies Ilhan and Rashid for weeks and accusing them of anti-Israel and anti-Semitism.
Trump on Wednesday repeated his Twitter attack, accusing Rachida of wanting to cut aid to Israel. He also quoted a quote from an article by the semi-Trump conservative writer “The King of Israel” and said that Israelis “loved him” very much.
Democrats dismissed Trump’s comments.
“My message to Trump: I am a Jew and proud and I have no worries about voting for Democrats,” Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on Twitter.
Trump is popular in Israel. Trump delighted many Israelis, while shocking other world powers when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocated the U.S. Embassy there and withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.
American Jews tend to be Democratic. About 70 percent of them supported Democratic candidates in the latest US presidential election.
Joe Biden, a former US vice president and front-runner for Trump’s November 2020 presidential election, called Trump’s remarks “insulting and unjustified” and urged him to stop spreading divisions among Americans.
“The Jewish people do not need to prove their loyalty to you (Trump) or anyone else,” Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke said on Twitter. O’Rourke, a former congressman from Texas, has called Trump racist for speaking about immigrants.
Trump’s comments angered many American Jewish groups.
“It is a danger and shame that President Trump will attack the vast majority of the American Jewish community and call it stupidity and betrayal,” said J. Street, a liberal American Jewish lobbying group.
The American Jewish Committee said the president’s comments were “shockingly divisive”.
The Jewish Republican Committee, however, sided with Trump.
“President Trump is right. Defending a party that protects and encourages people who hate you because of your religion shows a great deal of self-betrayal.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office declined to comment on Trump’s remarks.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote on Twitter that he spoke to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top elected Democrat, about the strong US-Israeli relationship, which he said “does not depend on ties with either party.”
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