Trump thanks conspiracy theorist for defending his comments about Jewish Democrats

IfNotNow, a youth-led progressive Jewish advocacy group, quickly hit back, condemning the president for once again deploying the kind of hate-filled rhetoric that has fueled recent anti-Semitic attacks in the United States. Many Jewish leaders and Jewish groups in the USA were quick to condemn the comment as not only inaccurate, but also anti-Semitic in that it nodded to the "dual loyalty" trope that has always been used to demonize the Jewish community.

Trump moved the USA embassy to Jerusalem, recognized Israel jurisdiction over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in the Six Day War, and scrapped the deal that relaxed economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

"I think that if you vote for a Democrat you are very, very disloyal to Israel and to the Jewish people", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a speech to a veterans' group in Kentucky. "And importantly, he's good for everyone in America who wants a job.' Wow!"

"The charge of disloyalty or dual loyalty has bene used against Jews for thousands of years", Greenblatt said Wednesday on CNN. "Nearly a year after the #Pittsburgh shooting, as #antiSemitism continues to rise, it's bewildering that we still need to have this conversation".

The Trump campaign's chief operating officer, Michael Glassner, defended the president's comments.

Historically, Jews have overwhelmingly voted for Democratic candidates.

Trump and congressional Republicans also have gone after Democratic Reps. But a string of comments Wednesday went to a higher level.

The Israeli president released a statement saying he had communicated to Pelosi that "the relationship between the State of Israel and the United States is a link between peoples, which relies on historical ties, deep and strong friendships and shared values that are not dependent on the relationship with one particular party", The Times of Israel reported.

Democratic 2020 candidates blasted his initial comments as offensive and anti-Semitic.

Despite Trump's assessment, Israel's president and other Israeli leaders disagreed, with some even calling out Trump's remarks as anti-Semitic. Cory Booker, D-N.J., contrasted Jewish teachings about love and kindness with what he called Trump's efforts "to try to divide us against each other, to demean and degrade us".

"In my opinion, if you vote for a Democrat, you're being very disloyal to Jewish people and you're being very disloyal to Israel", he said. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., tweeted.

It's not clear from the interview, posted Wednesday on the Mehr News Agency website, if Warren was aware of the affiliation of the reporter, named in the article as Javad Heirannia.

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