Rep. Wild re­sponds to Trump’s re­marks about Jews in US

Con­gress­woman ‘per­son­ally of­fended’ by pres­i­dent’s ac­cu­sa­tion of dis­loy­alty in sup­port­ing Dems

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Laura Ol­son Wash­ing­ton cor­re­spon­dent Laura Ol­son can be reached at 202-780-9540 or lol­[email protected]

WASH­ING­TON — Le­high Val­ley con­gress­woman Su­san Wild, the state’s only Jewish mem­ber of Congress, said Tues­day evening that she was “per­son­ally of­fended” by Pres­i­dent Donald Trump’s re­mark that Jewish Amer­i­cans show “great dis­loy­alty” in vot­ing for Democrats.

Trump made the re­mark ear­lier Tues­day as con­tro­versy con­tin­ued over the de­ci­sion by Is­raeli lead­ers to bar an of­fi­cial visit to the coun­try by the U.S.’s first two Mus­lim women in Congress. Those two law­mak­ers, Rashida Tlaib of Michi­gan and Il­han Omar of Min­nesota, have been crit­i­cal of Is­rael’s poli­cies to­ward Pales­tini­ans.

“Where has the Demo­cratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they’re de­fend­ing these two peo­ple over the State of Is­rael?” Trump asked. “I think any Jewish peo­ple that vote for a Demo­crat, I think it shows ei­ther a to­tal lack of knowl­edge or great dis­loy­alty.”

Trump did not spec­ify who he be­lieved Amer­i­can Jews were be­ing dis­loyal to in sup­port­ing Democrats. But the re­mark was con­demned Jewish groups as re­flect­ing an anti-Semitic trope of a “dual loy­alty.”

Trump has pre­vi­ously sug­gested that Amer­i­can Jews are in lock­step with Is­rael, re­fer­ring to Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu as “your prime min­is­ter” in speak­ing to the Repub­li­can Jewish Coali­tion in April.

Wild, a Demo­crat rep­re­sent­ing Le­high, Northamp­ton and part of south­ern Mon­roe coun­ties in the U.S. House, said dur­ing an in­ter­view on MSNBC’s “Hard­ball” that Amer­i­can Jews “sep­a­rate our faith and our pol­i­tics for the most part.”

“Our pres­i­dent has no business try­ing to di­vide peo­ple based upon their re­li­gion or politi­ciz­ing peo­ple’s re­li­gion, and try­ing to tell them that they have to vote in one way if they are of a cer­tain re­li­gion,” she said.

AMY SHORTELL/THE MORN­ING CALL

U.S. Rep. Su­san Wild, the state’s only Jewish mem­ber of Congress, rep­re­sents Le­high, Northamp­ton and part of Mon­roe coun­ties.

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