“Proving once again that no one hates liberal Jews like non-liberal Jews, Trump garnered another round of applause and chants of ‘Four more years’ by equating a vote for his rivals with disloyalty to Israel…Under any other circumstances, the sight of a U.S. president serving as speaker, host and standup comedian at a gala funded and orchestrated by a gambling magnate who just happens to be the top Republican donor – and, who, by sheer coincidence, approved of Trump’s every word – could have been added as an appendix to the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” —Haaretz
Jewish groups slam Trump for ‘antisemitic tropes in speech’ – here are all the other awful things he’s said over the years
Donald Trump, not for the first time, decided to dabble in antisemitic tropes over the weekend while delivering a speech to the Israeli American Council advocacy group in Florida.
The President began by acknowledging the profession of many assembled and throwing in his favoured “Pocahontas” slur in reference to Elizabeth Warren for good measure:
“A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. You’re brutal killers. Not nice people at all. But you have to vote for me. You have no choice. You’re not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that.”
You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax. ’Yeah, let’s take 100 percent of your wealth away.’
The implication that Jews wouldn’t possibly vote for Warren’s wealth tax reinforces centuries old stereotypes relating to Jews and money. Remarkably, the president wasn’t finished yet and even went on to claim Jewish Americans do not “love Israel enough”, invoking a dual loyalty trope generally viewed as antisemitic.
In my opinion, you vote for a Democrat, you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel.
In 2017, of course, there was the Charlottesville Rally that involved, amongst other horrors, neo-Nazis and Klansman chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. How did Trump respond to this clash between literal Nazis and those protesting against them? Naturally he condemned the “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides”.
In 2015, he told a room of Republican Jews: “I’m a negotiator, like you folks“. When all these comments are collected, it feels like the president seems to think that Jews are obsessed with money.
Trump’s latest comments about Jews are nothing new, but they must be called out on each and every occasion. As with most of the president’s rhetoric, we can’t allow this stuff to be normalised.