Trump Under Fire for Message to Jewish Voters

( – Presidential candidate Donald Trump seemed to take a leaf from President Joe Biden’s playbook on March 18th when he criticized Jewish voters who cast their ballots for Democrats.

The 45th president appeared on political commentator Sebastion Gorka’s podcast “America First with Sebastian Gorka.” Trump said that “any Jewish person that votes for Democrats hates their religion.” He continued, saying Jewish Democrat voters “hate everything about Israel,” which he said would “be destroyed” if Democrats take the White House this year. Trump cited dangers such as Iran’s plans to build a nuclear weapon and the lighter anti-Iran sanctions preferred by the Biden administration.

Trump’s remarks echo similar comments from President Joe Biden. In 2020, then-candidate Biden said that any black people who can’t decide whether to vote for him or Trump, “ain’t black.”

Predictably, Biden’s campaign came out swinging against Trump for the statements. The campaign released a statement saying that Donald Trump should be ashamed of his remarks and that he “openly demeans” Jewish voters. In a linguistic sleight of hand, the statement also claimed that Trump “reportedly” believes Adolf Hitler “did some good things.” There is no credible basis on which to claim that Donald Trump approves of the actions of the 20th-century dictator and murderer.

The campaign also repeated the false claim that Donald Trump called neo-Nazis “very fine people.”

The war between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas, sparked by the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack that killed more than 1,000 Israeli civilians, has tested the Democratic Party. Long a staunch ally of the Jewish state, Democratic leaders are facing vocal pushback from voters who believe Israel’s war constitutes a “genocide” of Palestinians.

Trump is characteristically blunt, claiming that the Democratic Party itself “hates Israel.” He points to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s remarks critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as evidence. Trump claims Schumer is merely using the issue to woo leftist voters who are accusing the Democratic Party of supporting what it sees as Israel’s unjust prosecution of the war.

Republican response to Trump’s remarks was split, with several prominent GOP leaders wishing that Trump had chosen more “artful” words.

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