Ex-President Donald Trump made a jaw-dropping series of anti-Semitic claims about Jewish Americans controlling institutions of government and media in a new interview where he said evangelical Americans “love Israel more than the Jews in this country.”
“It used to be Israel had absolute power over Congress, and today I think it’s the exact opposite,” he said.
Trump had been speaking to Barak Ravid, an Israeli journalist for Axios who wrote a book on Trump’s Middle Eastern policies. Ravid talked about the conversation with former President Trump. a podcast called “Unholy: Two Jews on the News,” which aired a clip of the interview Friday.
Trump started speaking first about his father, saying Fred Trump “was very close with many Jewish people” due to his work in the New York City real estate industry. He then suggested that American Jews used to have “a great love of Israel” and that this has “dissipated over the years.”
“I must be honest. It’s a very dangerous thing that’s happening,” Trump said. “People in this country that are Jewish no longer love Israel.”
He went on: “I’ll tell you, the evangelical Christians love Israel more than the Jews in this country.”
“It used to be Israel had absolute power over Congress,” Trump said. “And today I think it’s the exact opposite. Obama and Biden, I feel 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.”
Many evangelicals are pro-Israel because they believe it is central to a Biblical prophecyForetelling of the apocalypse is welcomed by them in the hope it will bring Christ back to their lives.
However, Trump’s comments echo claims made in 2019, when, as president, he said Jews who vote for Democrats show “great disloyalty” to Israel. One Jewish advocacy group criticized Trump for his comments. “a form of anti-Semitism”To suggest that Jewish Americans may not be full Americans.
Anti-Semitic stereotypes that Jews control culture and politics around the world are centuries old include:
Trump didn’t stop there.
“I mean, you look at The New York Times ― The New York Times hates Israel. Hates ’em. And they’re Jewish people that run The New York Times. I mean, the Sulzbergers,” Trump said. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. served as the Chairman of The New York Times Company for many years. His son, A.G. Sulzberger succeeded him. Both have Jewish heritage, but they are not Jewish. to the Times of IsraelSome descendants of the founder were brought up Protestant.
“Unholy” host Jonathan Freedland said Trump’s comments were rife with “classic anti-Semitic tropes” and “a whole lot of negative stereotypes about Jews.”
“This is the guy who, after white supremacists went on the march in Charlottesville, said there were ‘very fine people on both sides,’” Freedland said.
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt summed it up neatly, saying on CNN Trump’s comments “fall somewhere between stunning and stupid.”