Trump Says Jews Who Vote For Democrats ‘Hate Their Religion, Israel’

Prominent groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Democratic Council of America condemned Trump’s comments

Republican U.S. presidential contender Donald Trump faced backlash from various quarters, including the White House, Democratic circles, and Jewish organisations, following his remarks suggesting that Jewish Americans voting for Democrats hate their religion and Israel.

In an interview with his former advisor Sebastian Gorka posted on his website, Trump asserted, “Any Jewish person that votes for Democrats hates their religion, they hate everything about Israel and they should be ashamed of themselves.” He further alleged that the Democratic Party holds hate for Israel.

Prominent groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, and the Jewish Democratic Council of America swiftly condemned Trump’s comments, deeming them inappropriate for linking religion with political allegiance.

Responding to Trump’s remarks, the White House emphasised the need to refrain from propagating harmful stereotypes. White House spokesperson Andrew Bates stated, “There is no justification for spreading toxic, false stereotypes that threaten fellow citizens.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, criticised Trump’s divisive rhetoric, affirming his commitment to nurturing the U.S.-Israeli relationship. Schumer’s critique of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s role in the Gaza conflict had drawn attention previously, sparking a reaction from both Netanyahu and President Biden.

The Democratic National Committee also rebuked Trump’s statements, asserting that Jewish Americans deserve better than such offensive attacks.

(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign doubled down on his remarks, accusing the Democratic Party of being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. The Republican Jewish Coalition defended Trump’s stance, expressing bewilderment at Jewish support for Democrats despite perceived policy discrepancies.

Trump’s past statements, including controversial remarks equating white nationalists with anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, were also referenced. Despite criticisms, Trump’s administration had taken several pro-Israel measures, such as relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

In the ongoing Gaza conflict, President Biden initially supported Israel but later advocated for a ceasefire and negotiations for a two-state solution. Amidst political tensions, a Pew Research Center poll highlighted the majority of American Jews’ affiliation with the Democratic Party, while a significant minority leaned Republican.

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