Jewish Groups Blast Trump’s “Anti-Semitic” Remarks

The Washington Post reports:

Numerous Jewish groups castigated President Trump this weekend over his speech on Saturday to the Israeli American Council, accusing him of using anti-Semitic tropes while trying to appeal to Jewish voters.

In a 45-minute speech in Hollywood, Fla., Trump sought to convince a Jewish audience that they had “no choice” but to vote for him or else lose money to Democratic presidential contenders’ wealth tax plans.

The president, while touting his administration’s relationship with Israel, also said some Jews “don’t love Israel enough,” recalling the time in August that he questioned the loyalty of Jews who vote for Democrats.

USA Today reports:

“We strongly denounce these vile and bigoted remarks in which the president – once again – used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel,” said Halie Soifer, the executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, in a statement.

“The President of the United States is incapable of addressing Jewish audiences without dipping into the deep well of anti-Semitic tropes that shape his worldview,” the liberal-leaning group J Street said in a tweet.

“We’re not going to hold our breath waiting for Trump’s supporters to speak out. We are going to work tirelessly to defeat this president and those who’ve enabled him 11 months from now,” the group added in a second post.