Trump attacks American Jews in a Truth Social post

Former President Donald Trump attacked American Jews in a post on his Truth Social platform on Sunday, saying that Jews in the United States need to “get their act together” and show more appreciation for the state of Israel “before it’s too late.”

American Jews have long been accused of holding a secret loyalty to Israel rather than the United States, and Trump’s remarks leaned on the anti-Semitic trope, suggesting that American Jews by virtue of their religion should show more appreciation for Israel.

Trump also complained in the post that “no president” had done more for Israel than he had, but that Christian evangelicals are “far more grateful for this than people of the Jewish faith, especially those who live in the United States.”

It was not the first time that Trump has suggested that American Jews, who have traditionally aligned more often with the Democratic Party on domestic policies, should support him more because of his handling of Israel.

“Jews living in the US don’t love Israel enough. Does that make sense to you?” he interjected an interview last year with an Orthodox Jewish magazine, adding that it seemed “strange” to him that he did not have more Jewish support.

At a 2018 White House Hanukkah event, he invoked criticism for referring to Israel as “your country” while addressing American Jews. He was also reprimanded when he said during an Oval Office meeting in 2019 that “any Jewish people who would vote for a Democrat, I think that shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

Trump’s latest speech about Jews came as Republican candidates have openly appealed to racial animus and anger in the final weeks of the midterms choice campaign.

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It also comes as leading Republican figures have failed to disavow musician and one-time Trump supporter Ye, the rapper and fashion designer formerly known as Kanye West. You earlier this month tweeted it he wanted to go “death con 3” on “JEWISH PEOPLE,” an apparent reference to Defcon, the U.S. military’s defense contingency. Instagram and Twitter removed posts from the artist that had appeared on conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show.

Trump has long been frustrated that he has not received more support from American Jews, especially when, as president, he moved the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, helped negotiate new treaties between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors.

In Sunday’s post, Trump wrote that his support among people living in Israel is “a different story.” “Highest approval rating in the world, could easily be PM!” he wrote, contrasting his popularity in the foreign land with his support among American Jews.

Trump’s post quickly dragged on criticism.

“We don’t need the former president, who panders to extremists and anti-Semites, lecturing us about US-Israel relations,” Anti-Defamation League Executive Director and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “It is not about a quid pro quo; it rests on shared values ​​and security interests. This ‘Jewish explanation’ is insulting and disgusting.”

On her personal Twitter account, Neera Tanden, a senior adviser to President Biden, wrote, “We should all stand against what feels like a growing chorus of anti-Semitism. It should have no place in our politics or culture.”

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