(JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump continued his criticism of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). He also questioned how Jewish voters could support the Democratic Party knowing the anti-Israel bias among certain members.
“Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat—I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” said Trump in remarks in the Oval Office.
Regarding the freshman Michigan congresswoman, Trump said, “Yesterday, I noticed for the first time, Tlaib with the tears. All of a sudden, she starts with tears. I don’t buy it. … I’ve seen her in a very vicious mood at campaign rallies … I saw a woman that was violent and vicious and out of control.”
The president added that “Omar is a disaster for Jewish people.”
However, Democratic strategists Mark Mellman and Aaron Keyak faulted Trump’s remark about Jews who support the left side of the political aisle.
“President Trump does not understand either democracy or American Jews. And he reveals that his professed commitment to Israel is based on politics not principle,” said Mellman, CEO of Democratic Majority for Israel.
“Jews have had a long history of being in countries where we are accused of being disloyal. These sorts of attacks are dangerous, reckless and wrong,” said Keyak, a former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council. “Just because President Trump is deeply unpopular in our community is no reason to slander us with echoes of some of the most insidious attacks against our people. We’ve seen where this road has led before.”