Former President Donald Trump is not sufficiently pro-Israel for Ilhan Omar’s tastes. At least that is the only conclusion one can draw from her recent response to Trump’s Sunday post on Truth Social, which attacked American Jews for their lack of support for Israel.
The politician and alternative-media magnate garnered headlines again with the post, which leads, of course, with a boast.
“No President has done more for Israel than I have. Somewhat surprisingly, however, our wonderful Evangelicals are far more appreciative of this than the people of the Jewish faith, especially those living in the U.S. Those living in Israel, though, are a different story — Highest approval rating in the World, could easily be P.M.! U.S. Jews have to get their act together and appreciate what they have in Israel — Before it is too late!” he wrote.
In an interview that aired soon after Trump’s post, Rep Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) attacked the former president in a way that was reminiscent of how Omar was characterized in 2019 when members of the Democratic leadership objected to her “use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters.”
Omar told Mehdi Hasan of MSNBC that former President Trump “repeatedly invokes dual loyalty tropes that are harmful and dangerous. Anti-Semitism is on the rise and all of us have a responsibility to condemn it.”
“The former President knowingly, repeatedly invokes dual loyalty tropes that are harmful and dangerous. … Anti-Semitism is on the rise and all of us have a responsibility to condemn it,” @IlhanMN says to @MehdiRHasan in reaction to Donald Trump’s latest bigotry. pic.twitter.com/HIzaNPCE6C
— The Mehdi Hasan Show (@MehdiHasanShow) October 17, 2022
What a performance! How did she say that with a straight face? Brava! The unabashed hypocrite went on to decry the “hypocrisy of the Republicans,” saying they have not rushed to condemn Trump like they might have done with her.
As one social media user noted, “This is a perfect example of gaslighting. Bizarro world when these two are going to discuss anti-semitism.”
This is a perfect example of gaslighting. Bizarro world when these two are going to discuss anti-semitism. 🤦♂️
— Brick Top aka Mr. Pulford 🐢 (@Eradicator_NYC) October 17, 2022
The context of the 2019 Omar rebuke was a series of tweets she had sent out, in which she complained about the influence of the pro-Israel lobby on Congress. “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby!” she wrote in one of them.
democratic congressman max rose, who represents the 11th district in new york, condemns his colleague rep. ilhan omar’s “it’s all about the benjamins” comment. he’s one of the first democratic members of congress, to my knowledge, to call her out. https://t.co/H10zIdd6UN
— siraj hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) February 11, 2019
Ilhan Omar says that for Jews “it’s all about the Benjamins.” This requires a fairly sophisticated knowledge of culture and the English language. “Benjamins” refers to Franklin who’s on the $100 bill. Ilhan’s anti-Semitism is deliberate & not due to poor comprehension of English
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) March 9, 2019
Remember when Ilhan Omar made the “it’s all about the benjamins”- tweet and it caused Meghan McCain to cry on national television? That was cool
— Dan Arrows 🎲 (@Dan_Arrows) May 23, 2021
Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), the first Muslim women elected to Congress, had famously given vocal support to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel for its treatment of Palestinians.
It is a perennial fascination for conservatives that Catholics and Jews so readily vote against the tenets of their respective religions. It seems to stick in Trump’s craw that American Jews vote Democrat in such a lopsided fashion, while Israel is far more conservative. The former president might even call it MAGA Country.
Nevertheless, according to Jewish National Library, “American Jews tend to favor Democratic candidates, with 71% of Jewish voters choosing Democratic candidates on average and 26% choosing Republicans since 1968.”
David Leopold, former president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, tweeted out his opinion that Trump’s statement is antisemitic. That can only mean that he has no idea whatsoever what antisemitism is.
A lot of antisemitism to unpack here. But one thing is clear; Trump has no problem threatening American Jews.
“US Jews have to get their act together..before it’s too late.” pic.twitter.com/lAVxvjMvQf
— David Leopold (@DavidLeopold) October 16, 2022
Notice he refers to unpacking the antisemitism without even beginning to do so. Then he broadens the attack, claiming that Trump is threatening American Jews, proving that he doesn’t know what a threat is, either.
The president of the Anti-Defamation League finds Trump’s “Jewsplaining” to be “insulting and disgusting.”
We don’t need the former president, who curries favor with extremists and antisemites, to lecture us about the US-Israel relationship. It is not about a quid pro quo; it rests on shared values and security interests. This “Jewsplaining” is insulting and disgusting. pic.twitter.com/5XihxQGmLT
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) October 16, 2022
Trump supporter Mark Levin, a Jew himself, defended the former president against an article that said Trump was really just complaining that he doesn’t get enough support from American Jews.
No he didn’t. As usual, leftist goons at Mediaite and elsewhere are projecting. I’ll explain tomorrow on radio.https://t.co/Ky2zHdxFi1
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) October 16, 2022
Levin, notably in his book “Unfreedom of the Press,” has made observations similar to the ones Trump makes about the Jews who run The New York Times and how they are an example of how American Jews are anti-Israel. Last year, Trump, whose daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner, spoke to the issue on the “Unholy” podcast.
“There’s people in this country that are Jewish, no longer love Israel. I’ll tell you, the evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews in this country. It used to be that Israel had absolute power over Congress, and today, I think it’s the exact opposite. And I think Obama and Biden did that. And yet, in the election, they still get a lot of votes from Jewish people, which tells you that the Jewish people, and I’ve said this for a long time, the Jewish people in the United States, either don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel. I mean, you look at the New York Times, the New York Times hates Israel. Hates them. And they’re Jewish people that run the New York Times, I mean the Sulzberger family.”
— Yonit Levi (@LeviYonit) December 17, 2021
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