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Trump says Jewish Democrats ‘hate’ their religion

Former
president

Donald
Trump

again
claimed
that
the
Democratic
Party
“hates
Israel,”
and
that
Jewish
Americans
who
vote
for
Democrats
“hate”
their
religion,
echoing
previous
attacks
he’s
made
about
Jewish
Democrats.

“I
think
they
hate
Israel,”
Trump
said
of
Democrats.
He
then
said
that
Democrats
“see
a
lot
of
votes”
among
Americans
who
oppose
the

Israel-Gaza
war
.
The
comments
were
in
a
lengthy
interview
with
his
former
adviser
Sebastian
Gorka,
a
far-right
agitator,
posted
online
on
Monday.

“Any
Jewish
person
that
votes
for
Democrats
hates
their
religion,”
Trump
added.

Trump
made
the
comments
in
response
to
a
question
from
Gorka
on
Senate
Majority
Leader
Charles
E.
Schumer’s
(D-N.Y.)

call
for
a
“new
election”
in
Israel
last
week
.

Schumer,
the
highest-ranking
Jewish
official
in
the
United
States
and
a
staunch
ally
of
Israel,
said
on
the
Senate
floor
on
Thursday
that
he
thinks
Israelis
understand
“better
than
anybody
that
Israel
cannot
hope
to
succeed
as
a
pariah
opposed
by
the
rest
of
the
world”
and
would
choose
better
leaders
if
elections
were
held.

Schumer
suggested
that
Israel
hold
new
elections
“once
the
war
starts
to
wind
down”
to
“express
their
vision
for
the
postwar
future,”
and
that
the
outcome
of
the
election
would
be
up
to
the
Israelis

not
Americans.
But
many
Republicans
took
Schumer’s
words
as
an
attack
on
Israel,
with
Senate
Minority
Leader
Mitch
McConnell
(R-Ky.)
describing
the
call
for
a
new
election
as
“grotesque.”

Trump,
in
his
interview
with
Gorka,
went
on
a
lengthy
rant
on
the
Democratic
Party
and
Jewish
Democrats.
Doubling
down
on
his
attack
on
Schumer,
the
former
president
claimed
that
the
Senate
majority
leader
“was
always
pro-Israel”
but
that
he’s
“very
anti-Israel
now.”

“When
you
see
those
Palestinian
marches,
even
I
am
amazed
at
how
many
people
are
in
those
marches,”
Trump
said.
“And
guys
like
Schumer
see
that
and
to
him
it’s
votes.”


In
a
post
on
X

on
Monday,
Schumer
said
making
“Israel
a
partisan
issue
only
hurts
Israel
and
the
US-Israeli
relationship.”

“Trump
is
making
highly
partisan
and
hateful
rant,”
he
said.
“I
am
working
in
a
bipartisan
way
to
ensure
the
US-Israeli
relationship
sustains
for
generations
to
come,
buoyed
by
peace
in
the
Middle
East.”

Spokespeople
for
the
Democratic
National
Committee,
the
White
House
and
the
Biden
campaign
did
not
immediately
respond
to
a
request
for
comment.

This
is
not
the
first
time
Trump
has
targeted
Jewish
Democrats.

On
the
final
day
of
Rosh
Hashanah,
the
Jewish
New
Year
celebration,
Trump

claimed
last
year
that

“liberal
Jews”
who
didn’t
support
him
were
voting
“to
destroy
America
&
Israel.”

In
March
2019,
he
falsely

said

the
Democratic
Party
is
“anti-Israel”
and
“anti-Jewish.”
Later
that
year,
he
tried
to

brand

the
Democratic
Party
as
antisemitic
by
claiming
that
voters
who
support
the
Democratic
Party
were
being
“very
disloyal
to
Israel
and
to
the
Jewish
people.”

His
use
of
the
word
“disloyalty”

immediately
drew
criticism

from
Jewish
groups
who
said
Trump
was
echoing
antisemitic
tropes
about
where
American
Jews’
loyalty
lies.
Trump
insisted
then
that
his
comments
were
not
antisemitic.

Trump
has
repeatedly
voiced
his
frustration
over
his
unpopularity
among
Jewish
voters,
a
bloc
that
supported
Biden
over
Trump
by
a
70
percent
to
27
percent
margin
in
2020
according
to
the

Pew
Research
Center’s
validated
voter
survey
.

A
different

Pew
poll

released
last
month
found
that
79
percent
of
Jewish
Americans
have
an
unfavorable
view
of
Trump,
while
62
percent
were
favorable
toward
Biden.
That
same
poll
found
that
35
percent
of
American
Jews
said
Trump
stands
up
for
people
with
religious
beliefs
similar
to
theirs
at
least
some
of
the
time,
while
59
percent
said
he
does
this
“a
little”
or
not
at
all.


Scott
Clement
contributed
to
this
report.

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