September 28, 2022

Trump just accused 80% of American Jews of being “disloyal” in offensive Oval Office rant

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President Trump has spent the past few weeks baselessly accusing Democratic Representatives of being “anti-Semites” over their appropriate criticism of Israel’s appalling human rights record — but is now facing those same accusations for some incendiary remarks he spouted off in the Oval Office this afternoon.


Speaking with the press this afternoon, Trump railed against the 80% of American Jews who vote Democratic and accused them of having “a total lack of knowledge” or “great disloyalty.”

The “great disloyalty” line is directly lifted from extremist right-wing Zionists, particularly commentator Ben Shapiro, who worked tirelessly to falsely conflate Jewish identity with unquestioning loyalty to Israel — an idea that is itself widely considered to be anti-Semitic trope by progressive Jews. 

Considering that the President is not Jewish, openly spouts white supremacist rhetoric, and has helped provoke at least two massacres at Jewish synagogues, it goes without saying that Donald Trump is not qualified to levy any kind of judgment on American Jews.

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Prominent Jews from both sides of the aisle were quick to condemn the President and his outburst as anti-Semitic — everyone except, unsurprisingly, the original author of the “Bad Jews” take.

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President Trump’s vicious words are not only a monstrous show of hypocrisy but represent a clear and present danger to the Jewish people of America.

Trump’s fans threaten violence and death against literally everyone who dares to cross him; how long will it be before some deranged young white man takes it upon himself to punish the “disloyal” Jews for failing to support Trump? In case you think this is hyperbole, remember that a man was arrested for threatening to shoot up a synagogue just three days ago and two anti-Semitic mass shootings have already been carried out by Trump’s white supremacist fans.

This should be a warning to the American Jewish right-wing about the danger of playing footsie with white supremacists like Donald Trump, but of course, like all Republicans ostensibly horrified by the President’s atrocious comments, they will swallow their pride and even find a way to agree with him:

Hopefully, at least we can now drop the preposterous notion that Trump ever cared about Israel or American Jews beyond their utility to him as a vehicle for his bigoted smear campaigns against our Muslim Congresswomen.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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