WASHINGTON – Donald Trump attacked American Jews on Sunday for not giving him enough political contributions and again suggested, falsely, that they have dual loyalties to the United States and Israel.
Jews need to “get their act together” and appreciate what they have in Israel “before it is too late,” Trump said in a social media post, unexplained comments that many took as a threat against political opponents.
Political commentator David Rothkopf likened Trump to a “mob boss” seeking to “shake down” Jewish donors – or else.
“We’ve been threatened by fascists before, you two-bit goon,” Rothkopf tweeted at Trump. “We recognize the the threat you represent from the darkest pages of our history. That’s why we’ll never submit to your threats.”
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Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said, “we don’t need the former president, who curries favor with extremists and anti-Semites, to lecture us about the US-Israel relationship. It is not about a quid pro it remains on shared values and security interests.”
He added: “This ‘Jewsplaining’ is insulting and disgusting.”
Trump’s unexplained post
In a Sunday post on the Truth Social website, Trump said, “No President has done more for Israel than I have,” but “our wonderful Evangelicals are far more appreciative of this than the people of the Jewish faith, especially those living in the US” He did laud his support in Israel, and claimed he could be prime minister of that country.
Trump closed his message by saying: “US Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel – Before it is too late!”
Trump did not explain what he meant by the phrase “too late,” but many interpreted it as a warning.
“If that’s not an antisemitic threat, I don’t know what to call it,” tweeted Laurence Tribe, law professor emeritus at Harvard.
Alex Holder, a filmmaker who made a documentary on Trump, called the outburst irresponsible and dangerous. “As a Jew,” Holder said on Twitter“I experienced this language firsthand while interviewing Trump.”
The Trump post came just days after a sometimes ally – the musician Ye, also known as Kanye West – was locked out of Twitter and Instagram accounts for antisemitic statements.
Trump’s previous comments on Jewish people
This is not the first time that Trump has attacked Jews for not supporting him politically, and that they should back him over policies toward Israel.
A year before his failed reelection bid in 2020, Trump said: “I think any Jewish people who would vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
During a White House Hanukkah party in 2018, Trump told guests that Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen Pence had great affection for Israel: “And they go there and they love your country. They love your country. And they love this country. That’s a good combination, right?”
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In light of Sunday’s post, Aaron David Miller, a former State Department Middle East adviser under Democratic and Republican administrations, said Trump’s policies have not been good for Jews anywhere.
“He has enabled forces of extremism fueling anti-Semitism in this Republic,” tweeted Miller, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “and pursued a policy that has politicized US-Israel relations undermining key source of relationship’s strength – bipartisanship.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump attacks American Jews in post, claims he could lead Israel