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Trump claims voting Democrat makes you a 'bad Jew'

Trump's stirring words: Dems' alleged anti-Israel stance condemned

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Former President Donald Trump stirred controversy on Monday with remarks suggesting that Jews who vote for Democrats harbor animosity towards Israel and their religion.

As AP reports, the comments, made during an interview with former aide Sebastian Gorka, drew swift condemnation from the White House, President Joe Biden’s campaign, and Jewish leaders. Trump's assertion, labeling Democratic Party members as anti-Israel, reignited debates surrounding antisemitism and political allegiances within the Jewish community.

In response to growing criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the conflict in Gaza, Trump alleged, "I actually think they hate Israel." He further claimed, "Any Jewish person that votes for Democrats hates their religion. They hate everything about Israel and they should be ashamed of themselves because Israel will be destroyed."

The White House swiftly denounced Trump's remarks, with spokesperson Andrew Bates condemning them as "vile and unhinged Antisemitic rhetoric." Similarly, Biden's campaign labeled Trump's statement as shameful, asserting that "the only person who should be ashamed here is Donald Trump."

Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League, characterized Trump's comments as "defamatory & patently false," emphasizing the importance of bipartisan support for the US-Israel alliance.

Trump's remarks come amidst increasing tensions within the Democratic Party over its stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While President Biden has affirmed Israel's right to self-defense, he has criticized Netanyahu's approach, prompting backlash from within his own party. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a key Jewish figure, recently criticized Netanyahu's handling of the conflict, echoing sentiments within Biden's administration.

However, Trump's assertions regarding Jewish political affiliations overlook the diversity of opinions within the Jewish community. According to Pew Research Center data, a significant majority of Jewish Americans lean towards the Democratic Party, with a majority disapproving of Trump's presidency.

Moreover, public opinion in the United States regarding Israel's military actions in Gaza has evolved, with a growing number of Americans, particularly Democrats, expressing concerns over the proportionality of Israel's response.

As debates surrounding US-Israel relations and political polarization persist, Trump's comments serve as a reminder of the complexities surrounding identity, politics, and allegiances within the American Jewish community.

[With information sourced from AP]

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