August 13, 2022

Twitter is losing it after Trump alluded to himself as the “King of Israel”

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For weeks and weeks now Donald Trump — the man who once allegedly said that he didn’t want “Black guys” counting his money and only trusted “little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day” to do it — has been smearing the Democratic Party as anti-semitic. It’s a blatant example of projection coming from a man with a long recorded history of bigotries of every kind.


This is, after all, an individual who has inspired a massive spike in hate crimes since he took office, which many reasonably attribute to his hateful rhetoric. Bluntly put, this man isn’t an ally to anyone but white Americans and anything he says to the contrary is just politicking.

Earlier today, Trump took to Twitter in a vain attempt to do damage control for the frankly jawdropping anti-semitic comments he made in the Oval Office yesterday when he said that the vast majority of American Jews are disloyal and ignorant for not voting for the GOP.

Of course, this president is pathologically incapable of apologizing so his attempt at Twitter damage control just made things a thousand times worse, as he quoted a crank radio host who said Jews love Trump and referred to the president as the “King of Israel.”

Hopefully, one does not need a deep explanation for why Donald Trump — who is neither Jewish nor Israeli — should not be flirting with the idea of rhetorically crowning himself “King of Israel.” It’s a truly staggering cocktail of anti-semitism and unbridled egotism.

The backlash was swift and overwhelming. “King of Israel” quickly began trending. Responses ranged from stunned disbelief to the usual mockery, to sadly more than a few Jewish people who felt compelled to voice their profound discomfort and even fear at the President of the United States engaging in this kind of language.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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