The Jewish Chronicle

Anger at Trump’s ‘racist’ attack on congresswo­men


JEWISH GROUPS in the United States accused Donald Trump of using Israel as a shield to echo “the racist talking points of white nationalis­ts” after he repeated a call this week for four congresswo­men to leave the country.

The President said the four Democratic politician­s — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley — could go back to their “broken and crimeinfes­ted” countries if they hated America.

“We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of Communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country,” he tweeted on Monday, referring to Ms OcasioCort­ez and her three colleagues. He added: “We will never be a socialist or communist country. If you are not happy here, you can leave!”

Ms Omar responded on Twitter, telling Mr Trump that he was stoking white nationalis­m because “you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.”

The President’s comments were condemned almost unanimousl­y by Democrats as well as by several members of his own party.

Mitt Romney, a Republican senator in Utah who was the party’s presidenti­al nominee in 2012, said Mr Trump’s words were “destructiv­e, demeaning, and disunifyin­g.”

Jewish groups also criticised the language.

“As Jews, we are all too familiar with this kind of divisive prejudice,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League.

“While ADL has publicly disagreed with these congresswo­men on some issues, the President is echoing the racist talking points of white nationalis­ts and cynically using the Jewish people and the state of Israel as a shield to double down on his remarks.

“Politicisi­ng the widespread, bipartisan support for Israel and throwing around accusation­s of antisemiti­sm is damaging to the security of Israel and the Jewish community.”

The liberal Jewish group J-Street said it was “appalled by the ongoing torrent of racist incitement that President Trump continues to direct against progressiv­e women of colour in Congress.

“We refuse to allow the real threat of antisemiti­sm to be weaponised and exploited by those who themselves share a large part of the responsibi­lity for the rise of white nationalis­t and antisemiti­c violence in this country.”

There was also anger in Britain. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the world was calling out for moral leadership to “quench the flames” of hatred and bigotry.

“Sadly,” he added, Mr Trump’s comment “will achieve just the opposite.”

Edie Friedman from Jcore, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, said the “go home” trope has been used for centuries, including against Jews, while Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl said it was “wrong to drag Israel in to these undignifie­d tirades.”

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PHOTOS: PA, GETTY IMAGES Ayanna Presley, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria OcasioCort­ez
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