“By his continued encouragement of white supremacy and his daily racist attacks on immigrants and people of color, Trump is making the American Jewish community less safe by the day.”
President Donald Trump doubled down on his accusations of disloyalty to Jewish-Americans who vote for Democrats during an impromptu press conference Wednesday, prompting a fresh round of recriminations from critics.
“If you want to vote Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and very disloyal to Israel,” the president said during remarks to reporters on the White House South Lawn.
TRUMP: “In my opinion, if you vote for a Democrat, you are being very disloyal to Jewish people and you are being very disloyal to Israel. And only weak people would say anything other than that.” pic.twitter.com/SuIKJ2ZmGn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 21, 2019
The remarks, which were a direct reference to the “disloyalty” trope that alleges Jews are not loyal to their country, were just more evidence of what Trump really thinks of Jews, Deadspin editor David Roth said in a tweet.
“Whenever he has talked to or about Jews, Trump has been very plain about what he thinks about them, which is that they Love Deals and Having All The Money, and that Israel is their real home,” said Roth.
Whenever he has talked to or about Jews, Trump has been very plain about what he thinks about them, which is that they Love Deals and Having All The Money, and that Israel is their real home. He is incapable of concealing anything. The people that can’t see this don’t want to.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) August 21, 2019
The president’s comments also drew the anger of Jewish Voice for Peace and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“Trump’s anti-Semitism and Islamophobia go hand in hand with his white supremacist and anti-immigrant agenda,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We condemn Trump’s anti-Semitic slurs accusing American Jews of ‘disloyalty’ to a foreign nation if they exercise their constitutionally-guaranteed right to support his political opponents.”
In a statement, Jewish Voice for Peace deputy director Rabbi Alissa Wise called the president’s comments “apalling.”
“His fake concern for Jews doesn’t fool us, as his actions have proven he is not concerned about Jewish safety, but in using Jews to win political points with his white nationalist base,” said Wise. “In fact, by his continued encouragement of white supremacy and his daily racist attacks on immigrants and people of color, Trump is making the American Jewish community less safe by the day.”
A historian points out a startling fact about the current racial divisions in the Trump era
America is a deeply divided nation. That fact may be the only thing that Americans of all racial, ethnic, and political groups can agree about. A Washington Post-University of Maryland poll conducted in late 2017 indicated that 70 percent of the American people think the country is “as divided as during the Vietnam War.”
This division manifests itself in political ways exemplified by the partisan impeachment proceedings and gridlock. The Democratic-led House of Representatives passed 298 bills in 2019, yet the Republican-led Senate refused to consider hardly any of that legislation.
The California coronavirus patient went untested for days because CDC criteria weren’t met
The first known case of coronavirus possibly the result of "community spread" in the United States was diagnosed in California, but despite doctors' requests the patient was not tested for days. The New York Times reports the CDC refused to test because the patient did not meet CDC's "narrow testing criteria."
“Upon admission, our team asked public health officials if this case could be Covid-19,” a letter sent by doctors at the University of California, Davis Medical Center said. The doctors requested testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Since the patient did not fit the existing C.D.C. criteria for Covid-19, a test was not immediately administered. U.C. Davis Health does not control the testing process.”
NYT reporter reveals the stunning reason Trump believed coronavirus would disappear next month
On CNN Thursday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman revealed that President Donald Trump is angry about his administration's coronavirus response — in part because he misunderstood what the experts told him about the disease and thought they meant it was going to go away soon.
"The president has been very frustrated with the public messaging of this from his administration, but not for the reasons that people necessarily think," said Haberman. "It's because there were experts who were saying one thing from the CDC, which was that there is this problem growing, and then he was trying to tamp this down in his own comments, and he keeps saying something that, as I understand it, is a misinterpretation of what he was told in a briefing, which was that viruses tend to decrease in numbers in terms of spread during warmer weather. He has taken that and put his own spin on it which is, it's going to stop by April. He's been telling people that for a while."