Donald Trump: Jews Voting Democrat Show ‘Total Lack of Knowledge or Great Disloyalty’
President Donald Trump criticized Democrats on Tuesday after Rep. Ilhan Omar suggested that the United States should cut aid to Israel after officials blocked her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib from visiting the country.
Trump indicated that the suggestion was ridiculous.
“Five years ago, the concept of even talking about this … cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation,” he said.
The president commented to reporters about Tlaib in the Oval Office, speaking during a visit with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
He condemned Democrats for defending Tlaib and Omar and their comments against Israel and the Jewish people.
“I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” he said.
Trump was referring to “disloyalty” to fellow Jews, not to America — a claim that is distinct from the antisemitic “dual loyalty” charge that Omar and Tlaib have both used to describe Americans who support Israel. His comments echo frustration from some politically conservative Jews, who complain that liberal Jews continue to vote for Democrats despite the party’s anti-Israel drift and increasing tolerance for antisemitism.
Trump said that both Omar and Tlaib were planning on a “propaganda tour” against Israel if they were allowed into the country.