Former President Donald Trump criticized American Jews on Sunday for what he argued was poor praise for his policy toward Israel, warning that they must “come together” “before it’s too late.”
Trump’s suggestion on the social media platform Truth Social plays on the anti-Semitic trope that US Jews have dual allegiance to the US and Israel, and he immediately condemned it.
“No president has done more for Israel than I have,” Trump wrote, before saying it was somewhat surprising that “our wonderful evangelicals appreciate that much more than people of the Jewish faith, especially those living in the US.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the American Defamation League, accused Trump of “slandering Jews.”
“We don’t need a former president who favors extremists and anti-Semites to talk about the US-Israel relationship. It’s not about a quid pro quo; it is based on shared values and security interests. This ‘Jew-splaining’ is offensive and disgusting,” he wrote.
The American Jewish Democratic Council also condemned Trump’s remarks. “His threat to American Jews and his continued use of the anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalty fuels anti-Jewish hatred,” the group said. he tweeted. “Donald Trump will not threaten us and Jewish Americans will reject GOP bigotry this November.”
Trump’s comments echo an earlier argument. Last December, the former president argued that American Jews “don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel,” and repeated that evangelicals “love Israel more than the Jews in this country.”
A Pew Research poll released in 2021 found that 45% of US Jewish adults considered caring about Israel “essential” to what it means to be Jewish, while an additional 37% said it was “important, but not essential.” Only 16% said caring for Israel is “not important.”
During his first presidential campaign, Trump delivered a speech to the Republican Jewish coalition that was filled with anti-Semitic stereotypes.