Jewish Leaders Slam Trump’s “Vile” Comments After He Addressed Jewish Voters in Florida
December 9, 2019
“Trump’s insistence on using anti-Semitic tropes when addressing Jewish audiences is dangerous”
After an appearance by Donald Trump at the Israeli American Council Summit in Florida Saturday that was riddled with anti-Semitic, offensive rhetoric, Jewish groups and leaders denounced his remarks calling them “vile” and “deeply offensive”.
Take a look:
From the Democratic Majority for Israel:
From Joel Rubin, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs:
From former US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro:
From Vox journalist, Aaron Rupar:
From the American Jewish Committee:
From Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League:
Washington Post: “In a 45-minute speech in Hollywood, Fla., Trump sought to convince a Jewish audience that they had ‘no choice’ but to vote for him or else lose money to Democratic presidential contenders’ wealth tax plans. The president, while touting his administration’s relationship with Israel, also said some Jews ‘don’t love Israel enough,’ recalling the time in August that he questioned the loyalty of Jews who vote for Democrats. The Jewish Democratic Council of America called the president’s remarks ‘deeply offensive’ and his use of stereotypes ‘unconscionable,’ saying the Saturday night remarks “only reinforce our belief … that Donald Trump is the biggest threat to American Jews.
‘We strongly denounce these vile and bigoted remarks in which the president — once again — used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel,’ the group’s executive director, Halie Soifer, said in a statement. “He even had the audacity to suggest that Jews ‘have no choice’ but to support him. American Jews do have a choice, and they’re not choosing President Trump or the Republican Party, which has been complicit in enacting his hateful agenda.’”
Times of Israel: “‘Trump’s insistence on using anti-Semitic tropes when addressing Jewish audiences is dangerous and should concern every member of the Jewish community — even Jewish Republicans,’ said Aaron Keyak, a former chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council. ‘Trump’s embrace of anti-Semitic rhetoric must stop. Period.’”
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