Trump Insists Jews Voting for Democrats ‘Hate Israel’

( – Former President Donald Trump’s recent comments have drawn widespread criticism, including from the White House, President Joe Biden’s campaign, and Jewish leaders.

Trump suggested that Jews who vote for Democrats “hate Israel” and their own religion during an interview where he addressed Democratic criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s management of the Gaza conflict.

The former president expressed his belief that Democrats harbored hatred towards Israel and claimed that the Democratic Party shares this sentiment. He further asserted that individuals of Jewish descent who vote for Democrats do not have any regard for their religion and everything related to Israel, predicting Israel’s destruction.

The remarks swiftly drew condemnation, with White House spokesperson Andrew Bates characterizing them as vile and unhinged antisemitic rhetoric, emphasizing the importance for leaders to denounce hate and promote unity. Biden’s campaign issued a response, asserting that the only person who should feel ashamed is Donald Trump, pointing out what they perceive as divisive rhetoric from Trump.

Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League, labeled Trump’s comments as defamatory and false, emphasizing the importance of bipartisan support for Israel.

Trump’s comments come at a time when President Biden faces pressure from the progressive wing of his party over his stance on Israel’s offensive in Gaza, which has resulted in significant Palestinian casualties.

While Biden has affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself, he has criticized Netanyahu’s approach, calling for greater consideration of civilian lives lost in the conflict. Trump specifically targeted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for his recent criticisms of Netanyahu, accusing Schumer of being “very anti-Israel now.” Schumer, in response, warned against making Israel a partisan issue, asserting that it would harm the U.S.-Israeli relationship.

The Pew Research Center has highlighted the consistently liberal and Democratic-leaning nature of Jewish Americans, with a significant majority identifying with or leaning toward the Democratic Party. Additionally, surveys also indicate growing disapproval of Israel’s military actions in Gaza among U.S. adults, particularly Democrats.

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