On Sunday, former President Donald Trump attacked American Jews in a post on his Truth Social platform, claiming that Jews in the United States must “get their act together” and show more appreciation for the state of Israel “before it is too late.”
American Jews have long been accused of secretly favoring Israel over the United States, and Trump’s post leaned on that antisemitic trope, implying that because of their religion, American Jews should be more grateful to Israel.
In the post, Trump also claimed that “no president” has done more for Israel than him, but that Christian evangelicals are “far more appreciative of this than people of the Jewish faith, especially those living in the United States.”
It was not the first time Trump suggested that American Jews, who have traditionally sided with the Democratic Party on domestic issues, should be more supportive of him because of how he handled Israel.
“Jewish people in the United States do not love Israel enough.” “Does that make sense to you?” he asked in an interview with an Orthodox Jewish magazine last year, adding that he found it “strange” that he did not have more Jewish support.
He drew criticism in 2018 for referring to Israel as “your country” while speaking to American Jews at a Hanukkah event at the White House. He was also chastised for saying during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2019 that “any Jewish people who vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
Trump’s latest anti-Jewish tirade came as Republican candidates made overt appeals to racial animus and resentment in the final weeks of the midterm election campaign.
It also comes as prominent Republicans have refused to condemn musician and occasional Trump supporter Ye, the rapper and fashion designer formerly known as Kanye West. Ye recently tweeted that he wanted to go “death con 3” on “JEWISH PEOPLE,” an apparent reference to Defcon, the United States military’s defense readiness system. Instagram and Twitter removed the artist’s posts after he appeared on conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show.
Trump has long been frustrated that he has not received more support from American Jews, especially after moving the US Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and having his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, help negotiate new treaties between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors.
Trump wrote in his Sunday post that his support among Israelis is “a different story.” “Highest approval rating in the World, could easily be P.M.!” he wrote, contrasting his popularity in the foreign country with his support among American Jews.
Trump’s post drew immediate condemnation online. Neera Tanden, a senior adviser to President Biden, wrote on her personal Twitter account, “We should all stand against what feels like a growing chorus of anti-Semitism.” It should not be tolerated in our politics or culture.”
The Jerusalem Post’s editor in chief, Yaakov Katz, tweeted a screenshot of Trump’s remark, adding, “Nothing to see here.” Just a former US president threatening American Jews at a time when antisemitism is on the rise worldwide.”