Tuesday, August 20, 2019

What did Donald Trump do today?

He said Jews who didn't vote for him were "disloyal."

Trump was asked today about his successful attempts to get his political enemies in Congress barred from visiting Israel. He claimed that he "had nothing to do with it", although immediately before Israel officially took action, Trump was on Twitter demanding that they do it

He also said this:

And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.

He then immediately dismissed reporters.

Only about one in six American Jews is a registered Republican, and about 75% voted for a Democrat in the 2018 election. That would mean that Trump thinks the vast majority of Jewish Americans are stupid or "disloyal." 

It's not the first time Trump has questioned the loyalty of American Jews. In 2015, then-candidate Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition, "You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money. You want to control your own politician."

What's the problem here?

  • Jewish Americans don't owe "loyalty" to anything other than America.
  • It's only "disloyal" to vote for the party of your choice if you don't live in a democracy.