President Trump on Tuesday suggested that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats either lack the necessary knowledge or show "great disloyalty" amid an escalation of the war on words with rap. Rashida Tleib and Ilhan Omar over Israel.
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office about his feud with the two Muslim congresses, the president accused Tleib and Omar of being anti-Semitic and argued that they "hated" Israel and the Jewish people.
"I think every Jewish people votes for a Democrat – I think it shows either complete lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," Trump said.
The president said Omar "is a disaster for the Jewish people" and complains "what Omar said, what Tleib said" Israel. He claims that the Democrats' embrace of Omar, who is from Minnesota, and Tleib, who is from Michigan, say the party has changed.
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"At a time when anti-Semitic incidents have increased – because of the embolism of the white nationalist president, Trump is repeating the anti-Semitic trope," Halley Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council, said in a statement.
A prominent Jewish Republican group supported Trump's language.
"President Trump is right. This shows great disloyalty to himself in order to protect a party that defends / relieves the people who hate you because of your religion," the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted.
Tleib and Omar, who were in the news about Israel's decision to impose significant restrictions during their planned visit, held a press conference Monday in protest. Omar and Tleib were outspoken critics of Israeli politics and expressed support for the country's boycotts. They were also known for their anti-Trump activism.
"The fear is that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would refuse entry to U.S. government," Omar said of the decision to stop her from traveling to Israel. "Trump's Muslim ban is what Israel is applying this time against two duly elected members of Congress."
Emotional Tleib held back tears during a press conference as she discussed her experiences of attending Jerusalem as a child.
a young girl visiting Palestine to see my grandparents and extended family, I watched my mother go through dehumanization checkpoints – even though she was a United States citizen and a proud American, "she says.
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19659003] "Congressman Rashida Tleib and Ilhan Omar have a well-documented history of anti-Semitic comments, anti-Semitic social media posts, and anti-Semitic relations," said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley.
"Israel has rules t to prevent the entry of people seeking to destroy it, and meaningless congressional investigations by Democrats here in America cannot change the laws Israel has enacted to defend itself. "
Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.