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Thursday, August 22, 2019


Say what you will about Donald Trump's in-your-face, often confrontational, sometimes bullying, and regularly petty style, he says things that many, many conservatives, more than a few independents, and even a small number of Democrats think. These voters are often cowed by political correctness, and refuse to publicly comment, but the thoughts remain. This week's latest is a comment made by Trump about American Jews who refuse to take a long, hard look at the new Democratic party. Trump tweeted:
“I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat – I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge, or great disloyalty.”
The Democrats trained hamsters in the mainstream media are scared to death that Jews just might begin to #walkway from a political party that is rapidly becoming overtly anti-Israel and has a growing number of elected officials who are unquestionably anti-Semitic. Parsing Trump's words to give them the worst possible interpretation, the hamsters concluded that "disloyalty" was an anti-Semitic trope, that Trump was "Jew-baiting," and that he, not Dems like Rep. Ilhan Omar or Rep. Rashida Talib, was the TRUE anti semite. Gaslighting at its best, but necessary if the hamsters must deflect from any real examination of the Dems strange silence about the anti-Semites in their midst.

Marc Theissen comments:
How is it that [Ilhan Omar] continues to sit on the congressional committee that helps set US policy ­toward Israel? When [G.O.P.] Rep. Steve King defended white-supremacist views, the House GOP leadership stripped him of his committee ­assignments and voted 424 to 1 on a clear resolution condemning the Iowa Republican.

Yet after Omar made virulently anti-Semitic comments, Democratic leaders in the House couldn’t bring themselves to do the same. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Omar’s “allegiance-to-a-foreign-country” remark, saying, “I don’t believe it was intended in an anti-Semitic way.” I’m sorry, what other way could she have intended it?

Like Omar, Tlaib has accused her colleagues of dual loyalty — a classic anti-Semitic trope — declaring “they forgot what country they represent.” She advocates a one-state solution, which means she opposes Israel’s existence. She wrote for Louis Farrakhan’s publication, The Final Call, which regularly publishes anti-Semitic screeds. And, according to the Anti-Defamation League, she ­invited a Palestinian activist to her swearing-in who has praised Hamas and Hezbollah and has equated Zionists with Nazis.

The two showed their true colors when they chose not to join a bipartisan congressional delegation to Israel earlier this month in favor of a trip organized by MITFAH, a rabidly anti-Semitic group that has accused Jews of using “the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover,” published neo-Nazi propaganda questioning “the Jewish ‘Holocaust’ tale” in quotes and celebrated terrorists who murder Israeli children.

And, as though to prove Israel’s point, after being denied entry, the two lawmakers shared a cartoon on Instagram by an anti-Semitic cartoonist who placed second in Iran’s 2006 Holocaust cartoon contest.

The fact that Democrats tolerate, and even embrace, Omar and Tlaib is appalling. And it points to a larger problem. There is anti-Semitism on both the right and the left. On the right, anti-Semitism manifests itself in skinheads marching in Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us!”

On the left, anti-Semitism manifests itself in Democratic members of Congress who compare ­Israel to Nazi Germany. But while right-wing anti-Semites remain on the political fringes, where they belong, on the left, anti-Semites have found their way into the halls of power and are being defended by the party’s leaders.
That's a reality that must never be discussed. Yet through his sometimes outrageous tweets, Trump forces the discussion, and it drives the Left into a frenzy. The last thing the Dems want is for their growing animus to our most important ally in the Middle East to become widely recognized.

At least a few Jews must be wondering why leaders of the Dems don't directly and unequivocally condemn the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements of Ihan Omar or the rantings of Islamist Rashida Talib. If that number begins to grow—and it might—#walkaway might become more than a Twitter hashtag.


Dominic Green nails it when he writes:
Donald Trump is the Cyrus of our era. He is the most pro-Israel president the United States has ever had. He clearly likes and admires Jews. He’s more accepting of his daughter’s faith than most non-Orthodox Jews would be if their daughter went frum.

Now, it may be that a philo-Semite is someone who got the memo but read it backwards. But after the bracing refresher course of the Obama years, I’ll take a philo-Semitic, Mar-a-Lago opening, pro-Israel, embassy-moving, Golan-annexing president any day. And so should American Jews.

‘I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,’ Trump said. He’s a studiously crude speaker and actor, and tremendously vain too, but he’s only pretending to be stupid. His allegedly outrageous comments aren’t really outrageous at all. They may be crude and vain, but they’re also highly perceptive, and largely accurate too.

It isn’t accurate to characterize the Democrats the way Trump did last March, as ‘totally anti-Israel’ and ‘anti-Jewish’. It would be more accurate to say that the Democratic left, the party of Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Keith Ellison, harbors an obsessional loathing of Israel that frequently shades into anti-Semitism. It would also be accurate to say that the candidates for the Democratic nomination in 2020 are more concerned with pandering to the party’s Jew-hating left than with common decency...

Jews are supposed to be clever, but their adherence to the Democrats is dumb, a mixture of sentimentality about the party of FDR — a party that no longer exists — and fear of the Republicans as a hybrid of Cossacks, evangelical Christians and, perhaps worst of all if you want to get on and up, country-club snobs. Meanwhile, Republicans are more supportive of Israel and religious freedom than Democrats are. No wonder Trump is astounded that American Jews show no sign of reciprocating with their votes in 2020. No wonder he’s calling them ‘disloyal’ — disloyal, that is, to him, because they refuse to reciprocate his generosity, or to calibrate their votes to their economic and political interests, like sane people would. Jews in Israel, Britain and France have made that shift. But then, they’re not as complacent [or as threatened ... yet] as most American Jews are.
Since progressives are eager to interpret Trump's use of the word "disloyalty," let me give it a try. Is is possible that the "disloyalty" to which Trump alluded is disloyalty to themselves, the diaspora, and the only country on the planet that offers Jews from all other places a homeland and refuge if they need one?