By the time he began his 2016 campaign for president, Trump had perfected his method of attaching escape-hatch-caveats to inflammatory words about groups of people.
World Israel News reported that Root was likely referring to that fact that polls show U.S. Jews overwhelmingly oppose Trump despite the president's track record of supporting Israel, including moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, cutting aid to the Palestinian Authority, and tightening sanctions on Iran, which has threatened Israel repeatedly with annihilation.
Despite the confected Labour anti-Semitism "crisis" in the United Kingdom, there remains no evidence that the Labour Party or the left more widely has any more of a problem with anti-Semitism than the general population. Afterward Wednesday, Trump mentioned, "I am the chosen one" to fix USA commerce imbalance with China as he seemed to the sky. In particular, three prominent rabbis took out a full page ad in the next issue to call me: disloyal and misguided.
The Chosen One seems like a comparably light title compared to King of Israel and the second coming of God Himself, fitting for a man as renown for his humility as Trump. Christianity includes the core idea of messiah, or savior - Jesus.
But the grim reality is that Trump is channeling - and in the first instance, directly quoting - the beliefs of evangelical conservatives, a powerful constituency that still holds enormous sway within the Republican Party. "Presuming that American Jews, by definition, have dual loyalties to Israel, implies that we are "less" American, and less loyal, and is equally unacceptable".
The president's retweet prompted a string of comments on Twitter both for and against him. Trump endorsed Root's 2015 e book about how Trump was altering America, and Root has spoken at Trump rallies. He additionally pushed the concept the dying of Democratic staffer Seth Wealthy was ordered by Democratic leaders.
While Root isn't the first to make biblical comparisons of Trump, the "King of Israel" link to Jesus would be considered out of most mainstream conservative Christian views.
Americans for Peace Now is outraged by President Trump's statement suggesting that the vast majority of American Jews are disloyal, and strongly condemns it. President Andrew Johnson, who took Abraham Lincoln's place after Lincoln was assassinated, dealt with Reconstruction after the Civil Warfare.
Any anti-Occupation activist, or even passive supporter of J Street or the New Israel Fund, will have their own story about being accused of disloyalty, of being a "Kapo", of being self-hating.
If there is an electoral component to these comments, it is that Trump is continuing his effort to target four Democratic congresswomen, all elected in heavily minority districts and all themselves from minority communities: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
PRES DONALD TRUMP: And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat - I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. Trump was then publicly condemned by several Jewish organizations and Democratic lawmakers.
"Keep in mind - Muslims more so than most people have great animosity towards Israel and the Jewish faith", he said.
But arguably the dumbest thing to ever come from Root, was when he tweeted at Trump to deploy armed $16 million military drones over every public school in the country after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and teachers dead.