Donald Trump is an omnivore when it comes to bigotries. Muslims, Mexican immigrants, Black athletes, and women have all found themselves at the end of the former president’s disparaging tongue at some point or another. While most of these vile views have received a lot of coverage, Trump’s antisemitism somehow flies under the radar most of the time.
This is the man who said that he didn’t want “Black guys” counting his money because the “only kind of people” he wants doing that are “short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” He has invoked the hateful dual loyalty trope by implying that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than they are to the United States. Perhaps most infamously, Trump said that there were “some very fine people on both sides” during the Charlotteseville right-wing rally which included Neo-Nazis. Evidence indicates that Trump has some less-than-savory feelings about Jews.
The new book from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa on the Trump presidency, entitled Peril, reveals another shocking example of Donald Trump’s antisemitism. During a meeting at the White House Trump targeted his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Jewish.
“You know, Jared’s more loyal to Israel than the United States,” Trump reportedly joked, once again evoking the hateful dual loyalty trope.
Clearly, this particular bigotry is always simmering just below the surface when Trump thinks about or discusses Jews. Much truth is said in jest and the frequency with which Trump makes such remarks about Jews, even if ostensibly as jokes, should give pause to anyone arguing that he doesn’t harbor antisemitic feelingss.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.