“I think that any Jewish people that vote for Democrats, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” – President Donald Trump, August 20, 2019
Is President Trump an anti-Semite? I think that with these words he presents an excellent case that he is. As a Jew who cast his first vote for John F. Kennedy, and has continued to vote for Democrats since then, I have a few questions for our president.
Just who are you to tell Jews that we are disloyal to America if we vote for Democrats?
You, who have forced thousands of undocumented immigrants into what amount to concentration camps, and have torn young children away from their parents?
You, who have called the nazis who marched in Charlottesville “good people”?
You, who have given aid and encouragement to white supremacists who have shot hundreds of people in schools and places of worship?
You, who have presided over a rapid increase in violent attacks targeting Jews, Muslims, and other Americans?
Will your next step be to tell all of us to go back to where we came from?
Will the Jewish members of Congress, the overwhelming number of whom are Democrats, be labelled disloyal? Will you to try to remove them from office?
Should the Democratic party be banned from running candidates in federal elections?
And finally, if Jews who vote for democrats are considered disloyal, then how can we still consider ourselves a democracy if our choices are limited?