President Donald Trump’s accusation that American Jews who vote for Democrats are somehow “disloyal” earned him a furious denunciation on CNN Wednesday from Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
During an interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto, Greenblatt was asked about Trump’s declaration that “any Jewish people” who vote for Democrats have “a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
Greenblatt did not hold back in his disgust about what the president said.
“I will be exactly clear on what that was: Anti-Semitism,” Greenblatt said. “The charge of disloyalty or dual loyalty has been used against Jews for thousands of years. In Europe it was used, for 1500 years, to say that Jews were not sufficiently loyal to the church or the crown, and so they justified persecuting, marginalizing, and murdering Jews in the places where they lived.”
Later in the segment, Sciutto asked Greenblatt what he made of Trump approvingly quoting a right-wing talk show host who said the president was treated like the “king of Israel” when he traveled there.
The ADL chief was once again aghast.
“Literally, it’s hard to think of something less kosher than telling the Jewish people you’re the king of Israel, and therefore we should have some fidelity to you for that reason,” he said. “I don’t know if he’s read the Bible, but in the Old Testament, that’s not what we believe.”
Watch the full interview below.
Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report
The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.
"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."
Maddow breaks down potential ‘direct financial connection’ between the Russian government and Donald Trump
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow read bombshell excerpts from a new book set for release on Tuesday.
The host interviewed David Enrich, finance editor at The New York Times, about his forthcoming book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.
The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" read excerpts from the book.
"There was no doubt that Deutsche Bank had extensive business dealings with Russia, and those dealings included acting as a conduit for dirty money to get out of Russia and into the western financial system," Enrich wrote.
Congress still has one big tool left to rein in Trump’s corruption: Oversight Committee Democrat
Senate Republicans may have managed to quash the impeachment trial without calling forth any new witnesses or seriously considering the evidence against President Donald Trump. And the president may feel vindicated and largely invulnerable as a result.
But, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, that doesn't mean Democrats don't have one last big play to rein in the president's abuses of power. They can use the first and strongest authority delegated to them: the power of the purse.
"What can Democrats really do when it comes to oversight of the president?" asked Cooper. "I mean, now that impeachment is over, does seem like there are fewer and fewer guardrails, if any."