US President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, the holiest web site the place Jews can pray, in Jerusalems Outdated Metropolis on Might 22, 2017.
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Former President Donald Trump, in a newly aired interview, informed an Israeli journalist that “the Jewish individuals in the USA both don’t love Israel or do not care about Israel.”
“There’s individuals on this nation which can be Jewish not love Israel,” Trump mentioned within the interview with journalist Barak Ravid.
“I will inform you, the evangelical Christians love Israel greater than the Jews on this nation,” mentioned Trump, a Republican who gained very sturdy assist from white evangelical voters within the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.
Jews in these elections, in distinction, had been more likely to vote for Democratic nominees Hillary Clinton and President Joe Biden, respectively, polls have proven. Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus additionally had been extra apt to vote for Biden than Trump.
Trump made the feedback whereas he considers one other run for the White Home in 2024, and as he continues to unfold the lie that the 2020 vote was illegally rigged towards him.
The American Jewish Congress later condemned Trump for trafficking “radioactive antisemitic tropes” along with his remarks.
Israel’s Primary Legal guidelines outline that nation because the nation-state of the Jewish individuals. Each Jew on the earth had the correct below Israel’s regulation to to migrate there and turn into a citizen.
Excerpts of Trump’s interview had been performed on a brand new episode of the podcast Unholy: Two Jews on the information, which was posted on-line Friday.
In that interview, Trump mentioned that when he grew up in New York Metropolis, his father Fred, a residential actual property developer, “was very near many Jewish individuals, as a result of it was Brooklyn actual property, Brooklyn and Queens.”
“Many Jewish pals, an awesome love of Israel, which has dissipated through the years for individuals in the USA,” Trump mentioned.
“I have to be sincere, it is a very harmful factor that is occurring,” he added.
“It was that Israel had absolute energy over Congress, and right now I believe it is the precise reverse.”
“And I believe [former President Barack] Obama and Biden did that,” he added. “And but within the election, they nonetheless get a number of votes from the Jewish individuals. Which tells you that the Jewish individuals, and I’ve mentioned this for a very long time, the Jewish individuals in the USA both don’t love Israel or do not care about Israel.
“I imply, you have a look at The New York Instances. The New York Instances hates Israel. Hates ’em. And so they’re Jewish those that run The New York Instances, I imply the Sulzberger household,” Trump informed Ravid, referring to the household that has operated that newspaper for greater than a century.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump transformed to Judaism for her marriage to Jared Kushner.
The American Jewish Congress requested in a tweet, “Why is Mr. Trump as soon as once more fueling harmful stereotypes about Jews?”
“His previous assist for Israel would not give him license to visitors in radioactive antisemitic tropes — or peddle unfounded conclusions in regards to the unbreakable ties that bind American Jews to Israel,” the group tweeted. “Sufficient!”
A spokeswoman for The Instances declined to touch upon Trump’s comment in regards to the newspaper or the Sulzberger household.
CNBC has reached out for touch upon Trump’s remarks within the interview to his spokeswoman, the Israeli Consul Normal’s Workplace in New York, and The American Israel Public Affairs Committee.