Trump's 'disloyalty' jibe shows he is no friend of Israel

Trump's 'disloyalty' jibe shows he is no friend of Israel

Trump says the Democratic Party has strayed from its support of Israel; reaction from Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for President Trump's reelection campaign, and Scott Bolden, former chairman of the D.C. Democratic Party.

Don't give up on Trump yet: He did, after all, acknowledge "loopholes" in the current background-check system and insisted he'll plug them: "I have an appetite for background checks", he said, noting that he's working with Democrats and Republicans to fill in "some of the loopholes".

Earlier this week, Mr Trump claimed Jewish people who vote for Democrats are "very disloyal" to Israel. The approval ratings are consistent with the president's previous numbers, never dipping below 32 percent or rising above 42 percent.

She added that his remarks "fly in the face of President Trump's professed strong stance against anti-Jewish hate", adding: "American Jews - like British Jews - will vote for candidates from any party that best represent them on the full spectrum of issues, from healthcare and education, to fighting antisemitism". Virtually all Jewish organizations in the United States have reacted against it forcefully asserting that, though most American Jews may vote Democrat, all are loyal citizens of the United States.

It is unclear whether Donald Trump, by the end of his term in office, will be remembered as Israel's greatest friend to ever sit in the White House, but until now, he could clearly have been called Israel's most embarrassing friend.

After Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared Trump to King Cyrus of Persia, who allowed Jews to return to Israel, ending their historic exile in Babylon.

Jeffress, who led a prayer in a ceremony previous year to celebrate relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, said that from a safe distance, it's easy for Americans to say, "Well why can't Israel be a little bit more tolerant?" Opinion polls in recent years have shown sharp differences in support for Israel among American Jews, with Republicans far more supportive than the Democratic majority.

This term reeks of anti-Semitism and Trump is now dabbling in this same pool, and someone making such omnibus allegations against the majority of American Jews can not be considered a friend.

Last week, Trump got Israel into trouble with the Democratic Party with his call for Israel to deny entry to left-wing Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Liberal news commentators speculated about whether the president was simply joking and playing to his base or if he is losing his mind.

Root made his comments on Newsmax TV, which were picked up by Trump Wednesday morning.

The Republican Jewish Committee, on the other hand, squarely backed Trump.

After a series of mass shootings beginning at the end of July that left scores dead, Trump had expressed provisional support for implementing universal background checks.

President Trump spouted the age-old "dual loyalty" anti-Semitic trope after condemning Omar and Tlaib for doing the same thing. A whopping 94 percent of Democrats disapprove of the president, as do about two-thirds of independents.

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